JSPS Post-doctoral Fellowships in Japan

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.

Standard post-doctoral fellowships (P)

To provide opportunities for young and excellent postdoctoral researchers from other countries to conduct, under the guidance of their hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The program allows such researchers to advance their own research while contributing to the progress of research in Japan and the counterpart countries.

The application periods indicated are for the head of the host institution to submit applications to JSPS; the time frames for host researchers to submit their applications are normally earlier.


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). (The status of “full-time researcher” is determined by each university. Under the PF01 and PF02 fellowships, Jokyo, assistant professor, and Joshu, research assistant, are excluded.)

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

Eligibile candidates must

  • Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. (JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner.)
  • Hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received on or after April 2, 2010, or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the Fellowship goes into effect.

Number of fellowships awarded

  • 1st Recruitment (September 2016): approximately 125
  • 2nd Recruitment (April 2017): approximately 125

Terms of award

  • A  round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS’s regulations)
  • A maintenance allowance of ¥ 362,000 per month
  • A settling-in allowance of ¥200,000, Overseas travel insurance, etc.
  • A Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Tokubetsu Kenkyuin Syoure-hi) of up to ¥1,500,000 per year (total of ¥3,000,000 for two years) is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher  through his/her institution.
Application date
28 Apr 2017
12-24 months
Asia Japan
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Medical Ethics 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 7 years
Grants available
Ca. 125
Award granted
Up to ¥ 11.888.000