CONTACT

Overseas Fellowship Division,
International Program Department,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN
TEL+81-3-3263-2480
FAX+81-3-3263-1854
MAILinvitation@jsps.go.jp

Please submit a Research Report to the following address.
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JAPANESE

Invitation Fellowships for Research in Japan

  1. History

    The "Visiting Professor or Visiting Research Associate" was established in 1958 to emphasize the importance of the need for international cooperation on research. The program was unique because there was no other project in Japan at the time that was carried out to invite overseas researchers. It was integrated with the other fellowship which was launched in 1964 to invite young foreign researchers and renamed as the “Invitation of Foreign Scientists” in 1975. Since then, two programs have been implemented as the “Short-term fellowships” and the “Long-term fellowships” in the scheme.

    Additionally, the “JSPS Award for Eminent Scientists” was integrated with the “Invitation Fellowships for Research in Japan” in response to the “Basic Strategy for Academic International Activities of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science” which was formulated in 2013. The program has been implemented as the “Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short-term)”.

    Moreover, we integrated the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers” and the “Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan” in 2015. It has been implemented as the “JSPS International Fellowships for Research in Japan” which provides the varied programs that enables applicants to select the program that suits their career stage and desired invitation tenure.

  2. Fields of Research

    All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program.

  3. Host Research Institutions

    The applicant (host researcher) must be a researcher who is employed full-time or classified as being 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).

    Note: Full-time employment classification is determined by the regulations of the host institution.

    Eligible host institutions include the following:
    1) Universities and inter-university research institutes
    2) MEXT-affiliated institutions engaged in research
    3) Colleges of technology
    4) Institutions designated by the Minister of MEXT

  4. Program overview

    The "JSPS International Fellowships for Research in Japan (Invitational Fellowship)" has been carried out to invite overseas researchers to promote the international academic exchange.

    The program consists of three options of long-term, short-term, and short-term S. Grantees are selected by going through the selection process following the submission of applications by a host researcher in Japan who wishes to invite a researcher from overseas via the head of his/her university or institution. The recruitment and selection for the long-term program is announced and conducted once a year, and twice a year for the short-term and short-term S programs.

    The outline of the program is as follows.

    Long-term: Mid-career to Professor Level

    This program allows researchers employed at designated Japanese research institutions to invite fellow researchers from other countries to Japan to participate in cooperative activities at their research institutions.

    (1) Duration
    2 to 10 months
    (2) Eligibility
    • Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan (JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner).
    • As a rule, researchers who hold a full-time position in an overseas research institution.
    • Researchers in a position equivalent to a university professor, associate professor or assistant professor in Japan. Other researchers who received their doctorate degree prior to 6 years or more and are continuing to do research in a university or non-profit research institution may be eligible.
    (3) Terms of Award
    • Round-trip air ticket (Economy class / payment in kind)
    • Overseas travel insurance
    • Monthly maintenance allowance of ¥387,600
    • Research support allowance of up to ¥150,000

    Short-term: Professor, Associate Professor

    This program allows researchers employed at designated Japanese research institutions to invite fellow researchers from other countries to Japan for short periods of time to participate in discussions, attend seminars, give lectures, or conduct similar activities at their institutions.

    (1) Duration
    14 to 60 days
    (2) Eligibility
    • Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan (JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner).
    • As a rule, researchers who hold a full-time position in an overseas research institution.
    • Researchers in a position equivalent to a university professor or associate professor in Japan.
    (3) Terms of Award
    • Round-trip air ticket (Economy class / payment in kind)
    • Overseas travel insurance
    • Daily maintenance allowance of ¥18,000
    • Research support allowance of up to ¥150,000

    Short-term S: Nobel Prize Level

    Under this program, overseas researchers who have eminent records of research achievements and awards on a Nobel Prize level and who are actively leaders in their fields are invited to Japan to give lectures, guide research, and conduct other activities.

    (1) Duration
    7 to 30 days
    (2) Eligibility
    • Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan (JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner).
    • Researchers who are Nobel laureates or recipients of similarly high-level international prizes with exceptionally outstanding records of research achievements and who currently occupy a leading position in their subject field.
    (3) Terms of Award
    • Business class round-trip air ticket (Bussiness class / payment in kind)
    • Overseas travel insurance
    • Daily maintenance allowance of ¥42,000
    • Research support allowance of up to¥150,000