JSPS Summer Programs


The JSPS Summer Program is implemented as a component of the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan. Carried out in partnership with The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), the program provides opportunities for young pre- and post-doctoral researchers from North America and Europe to receive an orientation on Japanese culture and research systems and to pursue research under the guidance of host researchers at a Japanese university or research institute over a period of two months during the summer.

JSPS seeks cooperation from its overseas partners in recruiting candidates for the program. In implementing this program, our overseas partners are British Council (UK), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Germany), the Canadian Embassy in Japan (Canada), and the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (Sweden).

  1. Brief History of the Program

    Two summer research programs had until 2002 been carried out under two schemes by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)—one titled "MEXT Research Experience Fellowship for Young Foreign Researchers" and the other "MEXT/NSF Summer Program"—were transferred to JSPS and combined into this program entitled the "JSPS Summer Program."

    The MEXT Research Experience Fellowship for Young Foreign Researchers was inaugurated in 1993 as a pilot program implemented by The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI). From 1995, it came under the auspices of MEXT. SOKENDAI now partners with JSPS in carrying out the JSPS Summer Program.

    On the hand, the MEXT/NSF Summer Program was initially implemented under the title "Summer Institute Program" by the Science and Technology Agency through a collaboration between the Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US.

    When the program was taken over by MEXT as part of the Japanese government's administrative reorganization, national laboratories became its main host institutions. Since its transfer to JSPS in 2003, host institutions have been expanded to include national, private, and public universities along with national laboratories and other institutions.

    About SOKENDAI(JSPS Summer Program)click here.


  2. Fields of Research

    All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program. The candidate must either be majoring or conducting research in a related field.

  3. Candidate Eligibility  *Varying with the country

    1) Nationality
    Be a citizen or permanent resident of the UK, France, Germany, Canada and Sweden(Others with equivalent status may apply if approved by the nominating authority in one of the above countries).
    2) Academic Status
    Candidates must fulfill one of the following conditions:
    - Be enrolled in a university graduate program.
    - Hold a doctorate degree when the program goes into effect, which must have been received on or after 2 April 2014.
    3) Candidates must receive in advance acceptance from their host researcher.
    4) Candidates must aspire to become a researcher in future.
    * Note: Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan are not eligible.

  4. Host Researcher Eligibility
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    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).
    However, there are cases when researchers who are not employed in a full time position may be eligible. Such persons must be eligible to apply for a KAKENHI grant–in-aid and their affiliated institution must judge them able to implement the project and to provide an appropriate research environment (e.g., laboratory, equipment, personnel) for it.
    *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

    *See the List of Eligible Host Institutes (PDF)
    *List of Researchers of SOKENDAI (PDF)

  5. Schedules for the FY2020 Program * Subject to change




    Accommodation (Tentative)

    Jun. 9 ( Tue ) Narita Arrival in Japan Hotel at Narita Airport
    Jun. 10 ( Wed ) Hayama -Move from Narita to Hayama by bus

    -Opening Ceremony by SOKENDAI

    Accommodation of
    the Shonan Village Center
    Jun. 11 ( Thu ) Hayama Orientation Session by SOKENDAI
    Jun. 12 ( Fri ) Hayama -Orientation Session by SOKENDAI

    -Home-stay Experience
    House of Host Family
    Jun. 13 ( Sat ) Home-stay Home-stay Experience
    Jun. 14 ( Sun ) Home-stay Return to Shonan Village Center Accommodation of
    the Shonan Village Center
    Jun. 15 ( Mon ) Hayama Orientation Session by SOKENDAI
    Jun. 16 ( Tue ) Host institutions Move to host institutions Accommodation arranged by host institutions
    Jun. 17 (Wed)
    - Aug. 17 (Mon)
    Host institutions Research experience at host institutions
    Aug. 18 ( Tue ) Tokyo -Move to Tokyo

    -Research report presentation

    -Farewell party
    Hotel Grand Palace (Kudanshita)
    Aug. 19 ( Wed ) Narita/Haneda Departure from Japan  
  6. Financial Support * Subject to change

    1) International Travel (Round-trip Airfare)
    In principle, JSPS will provide the fellow with a round-trip airfare (a discounted economy ticket), which as a rule will be between the international airport nearest to the institution at which he/she is currently affiliated and Narita International Airport. Flight arrangements are made by JSPS’s designated travel agent based on JSPS regulations. However, the fellow who stays in Japan for more than 90 days (the fellowship tenure) may not be provided either his/her outward airfare or his/her homeward airfare.

    2) Maintenance Allowance (534,000 yen)
    JSPS provides maintenance allowances to cover living expenses and domicile costs related to fellows’ stay in Japan for the purpose of carrying out research activities in collaboration with their Hosts. In addition, JSPS will cover the following expenses separately from the allowance: hotel room charges at Narita and Tokyo, and meals and accommodation charges at SOKENDAI.

    3) Insurance
    Under the Overseas Travel Accident Insurance Policy in force between JSPS and the designated insurance company, all JSPS fellows are insured collectively during their fellowship tenures in Japan and are eligible to receive accident and sickness benefits under the policy.

    4) Research Support Allowance at the Institution (Up to 158,500 yen)
    A research support allowance of up to 158,500 yen is available to the Host for the purpose of covering research-related expenses.

  7. Obligation
    • In Principle, Fellows must stay in Japan continuously during the fellowship tenure. If for an unavoidable reason, you must leave Japan, please be sure to ask JSPS's permission. The duration of stay in another country must be within one week, regardless of the reason for departure.
    • If a participant should leave Japan during the program without obtaining JSPS’s advance approval or not attend any of the program components such as the orientation, his/her fellowship may be terminated.
    • During your tenure, you are to concentrate on your research related to this program.
    • Before departing Japan, you will be requested to submit a report on the research work you carry out under this program. The format and instructions for submitting the report will be provided.
  8. Other Points to Keep in Mind
    • Obtaining host’s informal acceptance
      To facilitate the selection process, applicants should obtain in advance of applying the informal acceptance of their Japanese host researchers.
    • Lodging Arrangements
      As the allowance provided to Fellows under the program is to cover their subsistence and lodging costs over the entire 2 months period, Fellows are strongly advised to ask their hosts in advance to arrange public domicile, e.g. at international students' lodges or dormitories of the host institution, for them.
    • Pre-departure consultation with host
      Before coming to Japan, Fellows should discuss with their host researchers both their research plan and life in Japan. It is also requested to receive instructions from your host on how to get to your host institution from SOKENDAI and on when you should arrive.
    • Change of fellowship tenure
      ♦ In principle, neither a shortening or lengthening of the fellowship tenure is allowed, except in some cases when due to unavoidable circumstances the fellow must return home early. In such cases, the unused portion of the fellow’s allowances must be returned to JSPS.
      ♦ With approval of the host researcher, there are cases when the period of a fellow’s stay in Japan may be extended to a total of 90 days inclusive of the two months of the program. Bear in mind, however, that the maintenance allowance will not be paid during the extended period either before or after the fellowship tenure. If the fellow’s stay exceeds 90 days, either his/her outward airfare or his/her homeward airfare may not be provided. Fellows who change the length of their stay must inform both JSPS and the nominating authority in their home country. 
    • Form of Joint Research
      If it is thought that a disagreement may occur with regard to intellectual property rights on outcomes (e.g., patents, software) of the joint research, the Fellow, Host and host institution should negotiate and establish an agreement on their disposition in advance.
      That the Fellow understands the collaborative research is to be conducted under the guidance of the Host should be confirmed by the Host in advance. If this should not be the case, the Fellow and Host should discuss and agree upon the form of collaboration in advance.
      When applying for patents or other intellectual property rights, you should first notify your host institution’s administrative office of (1) that you intend to make such application and (2) that the subject research was conducted under this JSPS Fellowship Program. You are advised to confirm in advance the rules and regulations governing patents and other intellectual property rights on research results obtained in Japan or during your fellowship tenure.
    • Others
      The fellowship will be withdrawn and benefits cancelled if a Fellow should either
      ♦ be found to have made a false statement in his/her application documents,
      ♦ the Fellow leaves Japan without JSPS's permission, or does not participate in program components such as the orientation,
      ♦ when JSPS determines it necessary to cancel a fellow’s invitation or withdraw his/her fellowship.