Overseas Fellowship Division, International Program Department,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN



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TEL+81-3-3263-3444, 3810




The program provides an opportunity to conduct collaborative research for young overseas researchers under the guidance of their hosts in universities and other research institutions in Japan.


  1. History

    JSPS launched the “Postdoctoral invitees from the United Kingdom and West Germany” in 1979. 10 people from each country were invited for two years based on recommendations from the Royal Society in the UK and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in West Germany.

    The main idea of this invitation program was stated in the “Overview of FY 1979 JSPS Projects” as follows: In view of many of our country’s brilliant young researchers have gained valuable experiences by courtesy of the developed countries, such as the UK, the U.S., France and other nations since the end of the WWII, we initiate the government-funded program to contribute to the international academic exchange. The program begun to include France as an invitation subject country in 1983 and changed the program name into the “Postdoctoral invitees from the United Kingdom, West Germany and France”.We invited 179 young researchers from 1979 to 1987.

    Based on the success of the nine years of the program, we decided to accept young researchers from the 1988 as well as to renew our effort to improve the program by giving grantees the eligibility to apply for the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, and renamed the program as the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers”.
    We began accepting applications once a year submitted individually by Japanese host researchers who belong to universities and other research institutions in Japan and wish to invite overseas colleagues (the domestic recruitment system).

    The number of public recruitment subject countries was up to 12 countries in 1989 and 25 countries in 1991. As a result of continuous expansion, the eligibility was broadened for countries that have diplomatic relation with Japan in 1994. Additionally, we established a more flexible invitation system that issued a domestic public recruitment twice a year.

    Owing to the transfer of the “STA Fellowship”, which had been carried out by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), to JSPS in 2001, more research laboratories and institutions have joined as host institutions. At the same time, the number of the overseas nominating authorities increased to 35 and that of the recruit subject countries became 25.

    Moreover, we integrated the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers” with the “Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan” and have offered them as the “JSPS International Fellowship for Research in Japan” since 2015. It has been implemented by providing the varied programs that enables an applicant 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.

  3. Duration

    12 to 24 months

  4. Fellow Eligibility

    (1) Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan (JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner).

    (2) Hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within the past 6 years, or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the Fellowship goes into effect.

    Note 1: Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Research in Japan ([Standard] , and [Pathway to University positions in japan]) are not eligible.

    Note 2: Persons who are Japanese citizen and foreigners who are permitted permanent residence in Japan are not eligible.

    Note 3: A person who was selected as a fellow needs to submit an original copy of the doctor's degree certificate or a copy of the degree by the commencement date (Not required when submitting the application).

  5. Host Eligibility

    The applicant (host researcher) must, in principle, be a researcher who is 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).
    However, there are cases when a researcher not employed in a full time position may be eligible. Such persons must be eligible to apply for a KAKENHI grant–in-aid and his/her affiliated institution must judge them able to implement the project and to provide an appropriate research environment (e.g., laboratory, equipment, personnel) for it.
    Each host researcher can submit up to three applications. If more than one overseas researchers apply as candidates for the fellowship at the same time, priorities should be given to them.
    *Eligible host institutions specified under the above MEXT Procedure are as follows:
      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

  6. Term of Award

    (1) Airfare
    A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS’s regulations. See the “Program Guidelines”. )

    (2) Maintenance Allowance
    ¥362,000 per month

    (3) Miscellaneous
    A settling-in allowance of ¥200,000, Overseas travel insurance, etc.

    [Note] For the fellow who has been living in Japan (and has a mailing address) before the fellowship starting date, the “traveling expense” of outbound flight and a “settle-in allowance” will not be paid.
    A Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Tokubetsu Kenkyuin Syoure-hi) is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.