Program Synopsis:

The JSPS International Training Program (ITP) supports Japanese universities in their organizational efforts to establish collaborative relationships with overseas research institutes and groups for the purpose of advancing their research and education objectives.

The program offers overseas research and education opportunities for Japanese graduate research students (master's and doctoral students), postdoctoral researchers, and research associates of an equivalent level. It provides financial support to Japanese universities, which, in turn, give institutional support to the individual researchers.

JSPS International Training Program

Program Objectives:

- Support research and education of the highest quality
- Support strongly collaborative international research and education
- Provide international research and education experiences for young Japanese researchers, both students and faculty, that will prepare them to play an active role in the global research community.


Eligible organizations :

Japanese universities that award Ph.D. degrees

Proposal submission :

Made by the presidents of universities

Award Information:

Number of Awards :

approximately 10 projects in FY2009

Amount of Program Funding :

up to ¥20 million a year per project

Awardees :

The awardees are expected to conduct overseas activities (e.g., collaborative research, educational activities, internships) at a partner institution (e.g., universities, research institutions, corporations) for a period of from 2 to 12 months each year.

Duration of Project Funding :

5 years (interim evaluation conducted at 3-year juncture)

Proposal Preparation:

Cost Sharing :

Not required (However, cost sharing, if conducted with major funding institution(s) such as DFG, EU or NSF of US along with the possibility of mutual exchange of young researchers, will be evaluated highly in the selection process.)

Selection Criteria:

(1) Originality
- Applying university should have a clearly established framework for fostering young researchers.
- Its project for doing so should be original and institutionally distinctive.
- Its plan for partnering with other institutions should also be original and distinctive.
(2) High-quality academic activities
- Selection of academic fields to be supported should be rational.
- The university's research activities in those fields should be of high standard and capable of international advancement.
(3) High-quality educational activities
- The university's educational activities should be of high quality (both in terms of teaching and administrative staffs) and capable of international development.
- These staffs should be well-qualified to coordinate the project with overseas partner institutions.
(4) Collaboration with overseas partner institutions
- A strong framework should be in place between the Japanese university and overseas partner institutions for providing an effective education/research environment and administrative system for sending/receiving young researchers.
- It is desired, but not required, for overseas partner institutions to participate in a mutual exchange of young researchers.
(5) Concreteness and feasibility
- The proposed project should be concrete and highly feasible.
- A concrete system should be established for supporting young researchers in such matters as earning transferable credits, preparing academic papers in a foreign language, making oral research presentations, conducting experiments, and doing internships.
- In these regards, the division of labor among project-related staff members should be clearly established.
(6) Management system
- The management system should be systematically tailored to meeting the objectives of the project.
- An appropriate budget should be allocated for implementing the project.
(7) Expected results and verification
- The project should foster young researchers who can be expected to play important roles in the international scientific arena.
- The project should provide a good model of fostering young researchers, and be expected to generate ripple effects to other universities.
- An effective system should be established for verifying these results.


JSPS does not support research for military purposes.