About RONPAKU Program

Selection Procedure

Under JSPS’s RONPAKU Program, a two-step procedure is used for selecting RONPAKU Fellows. Applications are first screened through a document review. Taking into account these results, a category-based panel review is held on the applications.

Selection criteria for JSPS review:
  1. Based on their record of scientific results(e.g.,publication of international journals, record of awards), applicants must be seen as “mature” researchers.
  2. The applicant’s research proposal should be suited to pursuing a PhD degree through submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course. The feasibility should be very high that the applicant will obtain a PhD degree within a maximum of 3 years.
  3. The Japanese advisor must be suitable for supervising the Fellow’s research; sufficient advance communication must have been carried out between the advisor and the applicant; the research supervision plan must be well-prepared and specific

First step of selection procedure

In the first step of RONPAKU screening, JSPS has each application screened by three referees, chosen according to the applicant’s research area.

The first-step screening criteria are as follows: (1) Research ability, (2) Research plan, and (3) Japanese advisor’s suitability for supervising the RONAPKU Fellow.

Each referee scores applications by grades 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1.
  5: Highest possibility that applicant can obtain PhD degree within the allotted tenure
  4: High possibility that applicant can obtain PhD degree within the allotted tenure
  3: Possibility that applicant can obtain PhD degree
  2: Little possibility that applicant can obtain PhD degree
  1: No possibility that the applicant can obtain PhD degree

Second step of selection procedure

As the second step, JSPS holds panel reviews on the applications. They are held in the following eight categories: Humanities and Social Sciences; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Chemistry; Engineering Sciences; Biological Sciences; Agricultural Sciences; and Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The number of applicants selected in each category is decided in proportion to the number of applications submitted.

Selection results are given to each applicant through his/her prospective Japanese advisor or the nominating organization in his/her home country.