CONTACT

Research Fellowship Division
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Kojimachi Business Center Building,
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN

JAPANESE

Research Fellowship for Young Scientists

If you any differences in wording or interpretation should occur between Japanese and English, the Japanese part will take precedence.

  Purpose

Awarded to excellent young researchers, these fellowships offer the fellows an opportunity to focus on a freely chosen research topic based on their own innovative ideas. Ultimately, the program works to foster and secure excellent researchers.

  Features

  • (1) Core program for fostering young researchers
  • This fellowship program is Japan’s core program for cultivating young Japanese researchers.  However, there is no nationality requirement for DC applications.  See the Application Outline.

  • (2) Values the independence of young researchers
  • Excellent young researchers are allowed to focus on a freely selected research topic and at an independently chosen research institution.

  • (3) Supplying Research-Encouragement Funding and Disbursing Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
  • Funding is provided to encourage and support doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers under JSPS’s Research Fellowships for Young Scientists. These researchers may also apply for a Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows.

  • (4) Leave for child birth and infant nursing
  • Fellows who have to suspend their research for child birth and infant nursing are offered a path back into the laboratory. It is possible for them to work short hours while on such leave.

  Framework

  • (1) Screening
  • A fair and transparent screening process is carried out by JSPS’s Screening Committee for Young Researcher Fellowships, comprising frontline Japanese researchers.  See the outline of screening process.

  • (2) Target fields
  • Young researchers in all fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are eligible to apply. When recognized as necessary to advancing their research, they may spend part of their tenure at another research institution, including one overseas.

  • (3) Fellowship categories
    • This program offers four categories of fellowships:
      Doctoral Course Students (DC)
      Postdoctoral Fellow (PD)
      Restart Postdoctoral Fellow (RPD)
      Superlative Postdoctoral Fellow (SPD)

    • Especially gifted researchers are selected from PD candidates to receive SPD fellowships.

    • Outstanding young researchers may be given a Restart Postdoc (RPD) Fellowship after suspending their research activities for the purpose of childbirth and/or infant nursing.

Fellowship Categories

Categories Eligibility Tenure Monthly stipend Research grant(Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows)
DC · Enrolled in doctoral course
· DC1: Enrolled in first year of doctoral course
· DC2: Enrolled in second year or higher of doctoral course
DC1:3 years
DC2:2 years
¥200,000 Up to ¥1.5 million/year
PD · Hold a doctoral degree*
· Within 5 years after receiving doctoral degree
· Transfer to another lab within or outside enrolled university
(From the FY2016 call for applications, a requirement to change research institutions is scheduled to be included as a condition of eligibility in the application guidelines.
Applicants will be required to do their postdoctoral research at a host institution other than the one their enrollment as a doctoral student.)
3 years ¥362,000
RPD · Hold a doctoral degree*
· Within the past 5 years, suspended research for a period of 3 months or longer for purpose of child birth and infant nursing
3 years ¥362,000
SPD · Hold a doctoral degree
· Excellent researchers chosen from PD candidates
· Transfer to another university graduate school
3 years ¥446,000 Up to ¥3 million/year

* Monthly stipend for researchers who have not yet obtained a doctoral degree: ¥200,000. For details, please see the application guidlines.


Number of Applications and Selections

FY2015

(January 1,2016)

Categories Screening Area Total Selection Ratios(%)
Humani
-ties
Social Sciences
Mathema
-tical and
Physical
Sciences
Chemistry
Enginee
-ring
Sciences
Biological Sciences
Agricultural
Sciences
Medical,
Dental
and
Pharma-
ceutical
Sciences
Integra-
ted
Disciplines
RPD Applications
61
32
14
2
2
36
26
63
22
258

26.0%※2

Selections
16
8
4
1
0
11
6
15
6
67
SPD Applications
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Selections
2
2
2
2
1
2
0
1
2
14
PD Applications
688
466
526
115
186
341
256
294
365
3,237 11.2%
Selections
78
49
52
12
20
39
29
34
37
350
DC2 Applications
571
585
693
524
838
447
401
596
700
5,355 21.9%
Selections
127
130
153
116
177
98
89
130
157
1,175
DC1 Applications
344
398
553
326
453
327
264
373
392
3,430
21.9%
Selections
75
85
121
74
100
72
60
81
84
752

※1 Especially gifted researchers are selected from PD candidates to receive SPD fellowships.

※2 Starting date of RPD fellowships is optional; April, july, october or January.