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
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Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan

Selection process

Selection process

Selection Process for Applications Recruited in Japan under the JSPS Invitational Fellowships for Research in Japan

  1. Selection process
    Selection of applicants (Japanese host researchers) recruited in Japan under the JSPS Invitational Fellowships for Research in Japan is done by a selection committee established within JSPS and made up of the Japan's frontline researchers. The committee has 59 members and about 1,800 examiners. The selection is carried out through a document review in the first stage and a panel review in the second.
  2. The fellowship's selection policy
    Long-term 1. That the collaboration will contribute to advancing science in Japan and the counterpart country.
    2. That the collaboration can be expected to advance research in the subject field. Evaluation should place emphasis on researchers invited from other countries.
    3. That the applicant (host researcher) and candidate have established contact in advance and created a concrete research plan.
    4. That the host institution has adequately prepared a system for receiving the candidate.
    5. That the plan can be carried out within the period of the candidate's fellowship tenure.
    6. That the plan has as its objective joint research or other collaborative activities between the researcher(s) in Japan and overseas researcher(s).
    7. That, as much as possible, unbalance should avoided in the selectees' nationalities, host institutions and areas of specialization.
    8. That not only the score of the document review but also the examiners' reasons and comments are to be given adequate consideration.
    9. That the number of selectees with Japanese nationality be no more than about 3% of all the selectees under one recruitment for an application period.
    10. That two selection judgements be made: (1) Selected and (2) Not-selected.
    Short-term 1. That the collaboration will contribute to advancing science in Japan and the counterpart country.
    2. That the collaboration can be expected to advance research in the subject field. Evaluation should place emphasis on researchers invited from other countries.
    3. That the applicant (host researcher) and candidate have established contact in advance and created a concrete activity plan.
    4. That the host institution has adequately prepared a system for receiving the candidate.
    5. That the plan can be carried out within the period of the candidate's fellowship tenure.
    6. That the plan has as its objective lectures, discussions or other exchange activities held not only in the host institution but also in some other institutions. That the plan also includes instructive opportunities to foster young researchers.
    7. That, as much as possible, unbalance should avoided in the selectees' nationalities, host institutions and areas of specialization.
    8. That not only the score of the document review but also the examiners' reasons and comments are to be given adequate consideration.
    9. That the number of selectees with Japanese nationality be no more than about 3% of all the selectees under one recruitment for an application period.
    10. That two selection judgements be made: (1) Selected and (2) Not-selected.
    Short-term S 1. That the collaboration will contribute to advancing science in Japan and the counterpart country.
    2. That the collaboration can be expected to advance research in the subject field. Evaluation should place emphasis on researchers invited from other countries.
    3. That the applicant (host researcher) and candidate have established contact in advance and created a concrete activity plan.
    4. That the plan can be carried out within the period of the candidate's fellowship tenure.
    5. That the plan has as its objective lectures, discussions or other exchange activities held not only in the host institution but also in some other institutions. That the plan also includes instructive opportunities to foster young researchers.
    6. That the candidate is a Nobel laureate or of an equivalent level, possesses an exceptionally outstanding record of research achievements, and is currently a leader in his/her subject field.
    7. That the candidate's visit will contribute to raising the standard of research in the host institution and elevating Japan's overall international scientific appraisal.
    8. That the host institution will provide an environment for the candidate to smoothly guide research activities, widely participate in joint research, and carry out other exchange activities. Other research institutions that s/he will visit are also to take sufficient steps to accommodate the visit.
    9. That, as much as possible, unbalance should avoided in the selectees' nationalities, host institutions and areas of specialization.
    10. That not only the score of the document review but also the examiners' reasons and comments are to be given adequate consideration.
    11. That two selection judgements be made: (1) Selected and (2) Not-selected.
  3. Document Review Section and Panel Review Section
    As the screening of the applicant's (host researcher's) application will be carried out based on the screening category that s/he chooses, be sure to select the appropriate "Document Review Section" and "Panel Review Section" in accordance with the Review Section Table.
    FY2019 Review Section Table PDF
    FY2019 Review Section Set (Long-term) PDF
    FY2019 Review Section Set (Short-term, Short-term S) PDF
  4. Document Review Section
    Document reviews are conducted by three examiners for each application. Based on contents of the application, experts in the document review section are assigned to conduct the review.
  5. Panel Review Section
    Based on the document review scores, applications are referred for panel review, through which a specified number of applicants are selected in each of the nine fields.

Schedule

Schedule