The aim of this program has been to provide tutorial and financial support for promising researchers in countries of Asia and Africa or other specified countries who wish to obtain their PhD degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course. Grantees under the program (RONPAKU Fellows) are given the opportunity to visit their Japanese advisor to receive direct supervision at the Japanese university where they will submit their PhD thesis.
This program is offered to researchers in the following countries
ASIA (including Middle East countries)
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Vietnam and Yemen
Algeria, Angora, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
EUROPE (specified countries)
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
JSPS also treats Palestine in this manner.
※）Please note that the countries that are considered to have sufficiently developed the systems for conferring of degrees are exempted from the list of the applicable countries from the FY 2018 recruitment onwards. More specifically, the applicable countries are limited to the countries and regions which are the official development assistance recipients from the Japanese Government. Therefore, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Qatar, South Korea, Kuwait, Singapore, Bahrain, Brunei and Taiwan, which had been regarded correspondingly as the subject country, are not eligible.