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Oversea Training Program Division
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Kojimachi Business Center Bldg., 5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN

JAPANESE

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad

  1. Program Outline

    To foster highly capable researchers with wide international perspectives, this fellowship gives excellent young Japanese researchers an opportunity to carry out long-term research at an overseas university or research institution.


    * Under this fellowship program, fellows are not employed by the Japan Society for the Promotion
    of Science (JSPS).

  2. Framework

    Target Fields

       All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

    Eligibility

    (1) To be eligible, a candidate must satisfy one of the following two requirements:
    • Ⅰ: Postdoctoral researcher employed as full-time researcher in a Japanese university, research institution, or national laboratory.
    • Ⅱ: Postdoctoral researcher who aspires to an above-listed fulltime research position.
    (2) The candidate must have received a doctoral degree within 5 year of the date 1 April 2017.
    (3) The candidate must not have more than a cumulative total of 5 years in a permanent full-time research position at a university or other research institution.
    (4) The candidate must be a citizen of Japan; or if a foreign national, must have permanent resident status in Japan.

    ※ Persons who have entered into an employment contract with the receiving institution and whose visa application is conditioned upon receiving a salary from that institution are not eligible to apply for this fellowship.

    http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-ab/ab_sin.html(Japanese)
    For further details, please see the application guidelines for this fellowship program.

    Tenure

       2 years

    Financial terms of the Fellowship

       ・Roundtrip international airfare
       ・Maintenance allowance

    • ※ The maintenance allowance may be used for research activities.
          Within the maintenance allowance no division is made between living and research costs.
    • ※ The amount of maintenance allowances differs by destination country.

    GroupCountryMaintenance allowance
    (daily)
    Group A Qatar, Singapore, Turkey, Ireland, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Finland, France, Belgium, Portugal, United States of America, Canada, Israel, etc. ¥14,400
    Group B Korea, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Serbia, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Hungary, Hong Kong, etc. ¥11,600
    Group C Taiwan, China, India, Mauritania, Panama, Tanzania, Mexico, Vietnam, Kenya, etc. ¥10,400
  3. Screening

    Screening procedure

    • A fair and transparent screening process is carried out by JSPS’s Screening Committee for Young Researcher Fellowships, comprising frontline Japanese researchers.
    • In the screening process, both document reviews and interviews are conducted.

    Screening criteria

    • Whether through his/her overseas experience, the applicant can be expected to become a highly adept researcher capable of shoulder the future of scientific advances.
    • Whether the applicant’s research plan can (1) be expected to enhance Japan’s research environment and challenge new research topics as an outgrowth of his/her research activities at the overseas research institution, and (2) be expected to produce sufficient advances in the applicant’s research activities prior to his/her overseas departure.
    • Whether a concrete research plan has been established and sufficient advance negotiation has been carried out between the applicant and his/her prospective overseas host research.
    • Adequate foreign language proficiency is desirable. (For English, either 79 points on (Internet-based) TOEFL, 730 points on TOEIC, or Grade Pre-1 on EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency.

    Screening schedule

    Mid-February: Issue application call and guidelines
    Early May: Receive applications
    Mid-August: Disclose results of 1st stage review (document review)
    Late September: Screening committee conducts 2nd stage review (interviews)
    Late October: Disclose results of 2nd stage review (interviews)

  4. Obligations (main items)
    • Except in cases of research suspension for maternity/infant-raising leave, fellows are expected to devote themselves to their research based on the research plan contained in their application over the duration of their fellowship tenure.
    • Fellows must submit an interim report at the end of the first year of their tenure and a final report at the end of their fellowship.
    • During their tenure, fellows may not accept another fellowship.
    • Fellows may not receive a salary or wages during their tenure. (With the exception of researchers working full time at a Japanese research institution.)
    • Fellows may not matriculate a university or graduate school as a student during their tenure.
  5. Number of Selections

     ApplicationsSelectionsSelection Ratios (%)
    FY2014 824 204 24.8
    FY2013 810 192 23.7
    FY2012 888 178 20.0
    FY2011 765 164 21.4
    FY2010 739 138 18.7
    FY2009 762 130 17.1
    FY2008 801 141 17.6
    FY2007 857 131 15.3
  6. Destinations(FY2014)

    DestinationSelection Ratios (%)
    North America 63.1
    Europe 33.8
    Oceania 1.8
    Asia 1.3
  7. Contact Information
  8. Overseas Training Program Division
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
    5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN

    Email:  
    For fellows: kaitoku@jsps.go.jp
    For applicants: kaitoku-s@jsps.go.jp