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Institutional Program for Young Researcher Overseas Visits

Outline

1. Objective

The Institutional Program for Young Researcher Overseas Visits supports Japanese universities and other research institutions that carry out programs to offer undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, research associates, assistant professors, lecturers and other equivalent young researchers opportunities to go abroad to overseas research institutions or research venues for the purpose of conducting research activities. The ultimate objective of the program is to foster the kind of highly capable researchers with broad international perspectives upon whose shoulders Japan can entrust its future.

2. Applicable Fields

All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences

3. Eligible Institutions

The following Japanese research institutions may submit applications for project funding under this program:

  • University with graduate schools
  • Inter-university research institutes
  • National and local governmental research institutes
  • Independent administrative institutions that conduct scientific research or research and development activities
    (In all cases, only those institutions allowed to apply for MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research are eligible.)

4. Project Duration

Two or three years

5. Number of FY2009 Projects

From about 50 to 100 openly recruited projects

6.Project Funding

As a rule, between ¥30 million and ¥100 million per project over the project duration (up to 10% of the funding may be used to cover general administrative costs)

7. Recipients and Usages

(1) recipients
Undergraduate and graduate students, and postdocs, research associates, assistant professors, lecturers and equivalent researchers of up to 42 years of age.
(2) Funding usages
The funding is used to cover the airfares, maintenance allowances and other necessary expenses related to the dispatched student/young researchers' overseas research activities (e.g., research, experiments, fieldwork, seminars, internships, summer schools and other training programs at overseas research institutions or research venues).