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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)

    • 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 university graduate school
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

Number of Applications and Selections

FY2021

(April 1,2021)

Categories Screening Area Total Selection Ratios
(%)
Humani
-ties
Social Scien
-ces
Mathem
-atical and
Physical
Scien
-ces
Chemi
-stry
Enginee
-ring
Scien
-ces
Inform
-atics
Biologi
-cal Scien
-ces
Agricultu
-ral
and
Environ
-mental
Scien
-ces
Medical,
Dental
and
Pharma
-ceutical
Scien
-ces
RPD
*1
Applications   53 41 3 3 7 4 42 24 62 239

25.1%

Male 5 3 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 14
Female 48 38 3 3 7 4 37 24 61 225
Selections   13 10 1 0 2 1 11 7 15 60
Male 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Female 12 10 1 0 2 1 11 7 15 59
PD
*2
Applications   352 260 361 65 141 35 197 193 196 1,800 19.3%
Male 211 165 325 59 119 25 152 128 128 1,312
Female 141 95 36 6 22 10 45 65 68 488
Selections   69 46 67 13 25 5 39 38 45 347
Male 44 23 65 12 22 3 33 30 34 266
Female 25 23 2 1 3 2 6 8 11 81
DC2 Applications   567 588 758 546 1,110 416 460 498 785 5,728 19.8%
Male 307 296 683 452 928 351 324 346 517 4,204
Female 260 292 75 94 182 65 136 152 268 1,524
Selections   112 117 150 106 218 83 92 98 156 1,132
Male 65 65 137 88 187 74 63 67 111 857
Female 47 52 13 18 31 9 29 31 45 275
DC1 Applications   335 348 568 350 610 267 351 326 427 3,582 20.4%
Male 199 222 510 298 532 235 233 212 295 2,736
Female 136 126 58 52 78 32 118 114 132 846
Selections   66 69 117 72 125 54 73 67 87 730
Male 48 45 105 59 108 50 53 43 59 570
Female 18 24 12 13 17 4 20 24 28 160

*1 Starting date of RPD fellowships is optional; April, July, October or January.

*2 The number includes those who applied for a DC fellowship and changed the category of the fellowship to PD-fellow by obtaining doctral degree.