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.
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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.
Candidate Eligibility *Varying with the country
Host Researcher Eligibility
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.
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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)
Financial Support * Subject to change
*List of Researchers of SOKENDAI (PDF)
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.
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.