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 PhD students or PhD researchers in the Europe and North America with opportunities to conduct collaborative research under the guidance of their hosts in universities and other Japanese institutions for a relatively short period of time. A person who has never engaged in research at universities etc. in Japan would be most preferable.

  1. History

    The “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for US Researchers (Short-term)”was started in 1997 under the domestic recruitment (twice a year) system. It provides young PhD students or PhD researchers in the United States with opportunities to conduct collaborative research under the guidance of their hosts in universities and other Japanese institutions, as one of the programs implemented in the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan” which had been carried out since 1988. It aims to support an overseas researcher’s progress in his/her research as well as to promote academic exchange between Japan and countries in Europe and the U.S.

    The “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for US Researchers (Short-term)”was reviewed for further expansion. It made some changes such as, including Canada and other European countries as recruitment subject countries and extending the duration from 15 days up to 12 months. Also, it was renamed as the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for North American and European Researchers (Short-Term)” and the domestic recruitment was started to be issued three times a year.

    The number of domestic recruitment was increased to six times a year in 2004 and was reduced to four times a year in 2013. Now the program provides four application periods a year and offers the duration from one to twelve months.

    Note 1: Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Research in Japan ([P] , [PE] and [PU]) are not eligible. This Short-term Fellowship is only awarded once per researcher.
    Note 2: Those who have resident cards with mailing addresses in Japan during the period of call for application set by JSPS are not eligible.
    Note 3: A Japanese citizen who is also a permanent resident of the country stipulated in the above (1) is not eligible.

  2. Fields of Research

    All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

  3. Duration

    1 to 12 months

  4. Fellow Eligibility

    (1) Be a citizen or permanent resident of the US, Canada, European Union countries, Switzerland, Norway or Russia.

    (2) Hold a doctorate at the time the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within the past 6 years, or be enrolled in a doctoral course and be scheduled to receive a Ph.D. within 2 years.

  5. Host Eligibility

    The 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). (Jokyo, assistant professor, and Joshu, research assistant, are excluded.) 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.

  6. Term of Award

    (1) Round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS’s regulations)

    (2) Overseas travel insurance

    (3) Monthly maintenance allowance
    PhD holders: ¥362,000
    Non-PhD holders: ¥200,000

    (4) Settling-in allowance of ¥200,000
    (For 3 or more months of tenure)

    (5) Research support allowance of up to ¥70,000 x the number of months of tenure