JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (Standard) 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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship (Standard) [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.

Applicant eligibility

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 an d 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.

Each host researcher can submit up to three applications. If more than one overseas researchers apply as candidates for the fellowship, priorities should be given to them.

*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

Fellow eligibility

  • 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, 2012, or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the Fellowship goes into effect.

Note 1: Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers (excluding the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Short-term) and Summer Program) are not eligible.

Note 2: Persons who are Japanese citizen and foreigners who are permitted permanent residence in Japan are not eligible.

Note 3: A person who was selected as a fellow needs to submit an original copy of the doctor's degree certificate or a copy of the degree by the commencement date (Not required when submitting the application).

Terms of award

  • Airfare: A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS’s regulations)
  • Maintenance Allowance: ¥362,000 per month
  • Miscellaneous: A settling-in allowance of ¥200,000, Overseas travel insurance, etc.

[Note] For the fellow who has been living in Japan (and has a mailing address) before the fellowship starting date, the “traveling expense” of outbound flight and a “settle-in allowance” will not be paid. A Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Tokubetsu Kenkyuin Syoure-hi) is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.

Application procedure for program

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

(1) Procedure of the applicant (host researcher)

  • 1) Obtain the following form and letter from an overseas researcher (a candidate for the fellowship to be invited).
    • a) FY 2018 JSPS International Fellowship for Research in Japan: APPLICATION FORM FOR JSPS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN JAPAN(STANDARD) (FORM2) (In Word or PDF file.) The format can be downloaded from https://www.jsps.go.jp/j-ippan/boshu.html
    • b) Letter of Recommendation written and signed by the candidate’s doctoral supervisor, etc. (One-page letter. The writer of the letter should be a person other than the host researcher.) (In Word or PDF file)
  • 2) Log in to the electronic application system (for international exchange projects) and complete the application procedure on the system (enter Form 1 on the electronic application screen and upload the above a) and b) by the application deadline specified by each host institution. Submit (send) it to the host institution.

(2) Procedure of the host institution

  • 1) Confirm the information given in the application that was 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.
  • 2) Obtain the format of the following two lists from the electronic application system and create them.
    • c: List of applications (Not ice of Acceptance included)
    • d: List of applicants
  • 3) Stamp with the seal of the head of institution on c and mail it with d to JSPS before the deadline.

Application deadlines

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.

1st Recruitment

  • Application periods (from host institution to JSPS): August 28-September 1, 2017 (by 5 p.m. (JST))
  • Period that selection results will be published: late December 2017
  • Periods for arrival in Japan: April 1, 2018–September 30, 2018
  • Number of fellowship awarded: 125

2nd Recruitment

  • Application periods (from host institution to JSPS): April 23– 27,2018 (by 5 p.m. (JST))
  • Period that selection results will be published: middle of August 2018
  • Periods for arrival in Japan: September 1, 2018–November 30, 2018
  • Number of fellowship awarded: 125

The screening criteria

  • 1. That the collaboration will contribute to advancing science in Japan and counterpart country.
  • 2. That the collaboration can be expected to advance the research of the applicant (host researcher) as well as that of the candidate.
  • 3. That the applicant (host researcher) and the candidate have established contact in advance and devised a concrete research plan.
  • 4. That a suitable space is prepared and facilities arranged at the host institution for the fellow to conduct research during his/her tenure.
  • 5. That, as much as possible, preference not be given to the candidate’s nationality, host institution, or field of specialization. Special consideration should be given to the diversity of nationalities when selecting candidates.
Application date
27 Apr 2017
Duration
12-24 months
Country
Asia Japan
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science 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 6 years
Grants available
125
Award granted
¥ 362.000/month
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