JSPS Invitational Fellowships for Research in Japan (Short-term)

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) carries out programs that provide overseas researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements with an opportunity to conduct collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan. These programs are intended to help advance the overseas researchers' research activities while promoting science and internationalization in Japan.

All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program.

Invitational Fellowship (Short-term) [S]

To invite overseas researchers with excellent records of research achievements for short-term visits to Japan and provide them opportunities for discussions, opinion exchanges, lectures and other activities.


14 to 60 days


Application deadlines for host institutions to JSPS are as follows. Each host institution may have its own application deadline more than one month before the deadline set by JSPS. Applicants should check with the staff of host institution in advance.

Application periods (for host institution)

  • 1st recruitment: September 3-7, 2018 (by 5 p.m. (JST))
  • 2nd recruitment: April 22-26, 2019 (by 5 p.m. (JST)) 

Notification of selection results

  • 1st recruitment: late December 2018
  • 2nd recruitment: middle of August 2019

Fellowship periods and periods for arrival in Japan

  • 1st recruitment: April 1, 2019–March 31, 2020
  • 2nd recruitment: October 1, 2019–March 31, 2020

Number of fellowship award

  • 1st recruitment: 100
  • 2nd recruitment: 80


The applicant (host researcher) must, in principle, be a researcher who is employed full-time at a university or research institution as specified in Article 2* of the Procedure for the Handling of Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi), issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). However, there are cases when a researcher not employed in a full time position may be eligible. Such persons must be eligible to apply for a KAKENHI grant–in-aid and his/her affiliated institution must judge them able to implement the project and to provide an appropriate research environment (e.g., laboratory, equipment, personnel) for it.

*Eligible host institutions specified under the above MEXT Procedure are as follows:

  • Universities and inter-university research institutes
  • MEXT-affiliated institutions engaged in research
  • Colleges of technology
  • Institutions designated by the Minister of MEXT


Researchers who hold a full-time position in an overseas research institution and satisfy the following requirements:

Be a citizen or a permanent resident of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan (JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner). To be eligible, researchers of Japanese nationality residing overseas must have lived in the other country for at least 10 years and been actively engaged in research in that country throughout the period.

Overseas researchers in a position equivalent to a university professor or associate professor in Japan as of 1 April 2019.


  • Airfare A round-trip air ticket (economy-class) (based on JSPS’s regulations)
  • Maintenance Allowance¥18,000 per day
  • Miscellaneous Overseas travel insurance, a research support allowance is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.


The applicant (host researcher) and the host institution need to implement the following procedures (1) and (2) respectively when they apply.

(1) Procedure of applicant (host researcher)

Log in to the electronic application system (for international exchange projects) and complete the application procedure on the system (enter Form1) by the application deadline specified by each host institution. Submit (send) it to the host institution.

(2) Procedure of the host institution

  • Confirm the information in the application submitted (sent) by the applicant (host researcher) on the electronic application system. If there is no problem in the contents, approve (confirm the “application list”) and submit (send) the application form to JSPS before the deadline.
  • Obtain the format of the following two lists from the electronic application system and create them.
    • List of applications (Notice of Acceptance included)
    • List of applicants
  • Stamp with the seal of the head of institution on List of applications (Notice of Acceptance included) and mail it with List of applicants to JSPS before the deadline.


  • That the collaboration will contribute to advancing science in Japan and the counterpart country.
  • That the collaboration can be expected to advance research in the subject field. Evaluation should place emphasis on researchers invited from other countries.
  • That the applicant (host researcher) and candidate have established contact in advance and created a concrete activity plan.
  • That the host institution has adequately prepared a system for receiving the candidate.
  • That the plan can be carried out within the period of the candidate’s fellowship tenure.
  • That the plan has as its objective lectures, discussions or other exchange activities held not only in the host institution but also in some other institutions. That the plan also includes instructive opportunities to foster young researchers.
  • That, as much as possible, unbalance should avoided in the selectees' nationalities, host institutions and areas of specialization.
  • That not only the score of the document review but also the examiners’ reasons and comments are to be given adequate consideration.
  • That the number of selectees with Japanese nationality be no more than about 3% of all the selectees under one recruitment for an application period.
  • That two selection judgements be made: (1) Selected and (2) Not-selected.
Application date
26 Apr 2019
14-60 days
Asia Japan
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
¥ 18.000/day + research allowance + travel fare