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


Overseas Research Fellowships

  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.
        Overseas Research Fellowships―Restart Research Abroad (RRA) is a new program to be launched in FY 2016. Young Japanese researchers who have suspended their research activities due to life event (marriage, childbirth, child raising, nursing, caregiving) are eligible to apply for an RRA fellowship.

    * 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.


    (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(10※) year of the date 1 April 2018.
    ※only RRA program
    (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.
    For further details, please see the application guidelines for this fellowship program.


       2 years

    Amount of Support

       ・Roundtrip international airfare
       ・Maintenance allowance
       ・Child allowance(only RRA program)
        (Equivalent of 10% of Fellow's maintenance allowance and airfare for each accompanying child)

    • ※ 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.

    GroupRegion/CountryMaintenance allowance
    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 (%)
    FY2015 974 170 17.5
    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(FY2015)

    DestinationSelection Ratios (%)
    North America 62.4
    Europe 32.8
    Oceania 2.5
    Asia 1.8
    Middle East 0.5
  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

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