2013-2014 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Short-term) for North American and European Researchers in Japan

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JSPS Postdoctoral fellowship program helps outstanding research students from US, Canada and Europe to study in the universities and other Japanese institutions by providing a round-trip air ticket, settling-in allowance and monthly allowance. The fellowships are offered for one year research program with start dates 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014. Approximately 60 Fellowships will be available in session 2013-2014. 

Study Subject(s): All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program.
Course Level: This fellowship is awarded to pursue postdoctoral degree level.
Scholarship Provider: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Scholarship can be taken at: Japan

Eligibility:
-APPLICANT (HOST RESEARCHER) ELIGIBILITY: The applicant must be employed full-time or classified as being employed full-time (excluding Jokyo, assistant professors, and Joshu, research assistants) at a university or research institution which is eligible for funding under the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific-Research Program (Kakenhi) to apply to MEXT and also approved by JSPS as an appropriate institution for hosting young foreign researchers.
CANDIDATE (FELLOW) ELIGIBILITY:
- Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of an eligible country. Further applicants must hold a master’s or higher degree and then should engage in research for a period of three years at a university or research institution in an eligible country. Applicants must possess an excellent research record and must be from a country which has a diplomatic relations with Japan or from Taiwan or Palestine.
- Candidates must earned doctoral degree at a university outside Japan on or after 2 April 2007 and must be currently enrolled in a doctoral course at a university outside Japan, and planned to receive a PhD within two years from the time that their research starts in Japan.
- They must also set in advance a research plan with a host researcher in Japan.
Note: Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers are not eligible.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of US, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, UK, Italy, Finland, other European Union Countries (as of 1 April 2012), Switzerland, Norway and Russia can apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Description: This program is providing opportunities to young pre and postdoctoral researchers from the US, Canada and Europe for conducting cooperative research with leading research groups under the guidance of hosts in Japanese universities and institutions. For this, the program is planned in helping advance the research of the visiting fellows while augmenting opportunities for young researchers from US, Canada and Europe in Japan.

Number of award(s): Approximately 60 Fellowships will be awarded in FY2013.

Duration of award(s): Fellowships are granted for a period of 1 to 12 months (1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014).

What does it cover?
-The students will get a round-trip air fare (according to JSPS’s regulations).
-A settling-in allowance of ¥200,000 up to 4 months or more.
-A monthly maintenance allowance is also granted for PhD holders (¥362,000) and non-PhD holders (¥200,000) at the time research starts in Japan.
-The fellowship also covers overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage, etc.
Note 1: If the Fellow resides in Japan on the date his/her award letter is issued, the above-mentioned air ticket to Japan and settling-in allowance will not be provided.
Note 2: A research support allowance is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application is made by the host researcher.

Selection Criteria:
-It should help advance both the candidate’s and the host’s research work.
-For considering the fellowship the host and candidate must have established close communication and devised a concrete research plan.
-The implementation of the fellowship should put in to promoting exchange between Japan and countries of North America and Europe.
-In the research plan, concern should be given to honing the research skills of pre-doctoral candidates.
-As far as possible, preference should not be given to host institution or field of specialization in making selections.

Notification: Notification about selection results are issued about 3 months after applications are received by JSPS.

How to Apply: Applicants (host researchers) will be required to use JSPS’s web application system to apply for fellowships. Applications for this program must be submitted to JSPS by a host researcher in Japan through the head of his/her university or institution. Foreign researchers wishing to participate in this program are advised to establish contact with a Japanese or foreign-resident researcher in their field and to ask him/her to submit an application. They should make this contact well in advance of the host institution’s application periods indicated below. Application process is as follows:
-Contact made between candidate and applicant (host researcher).
-Applicant (host researcher) submits application to institution’s head office
-Office submits application to JSPS
NOTE 1: JSPS does not find or introduce host researchers.
NOTE 2: JSPS does not accept applications submitted directly by foreign researchers or through diplomatic channels.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline is 5-12 Oct 2012 for fellowship starts Apr 2013 thru Mar 2014; 16-22 Nov 2012 for fellowship starts Apr 2013 thru Mar 2014; 28 Jan-1 to Feb 2013 for fellowship starts Jun 2013 thru Mar 2014; 1-5 Apr 2013 to Aug 2013 for fellowship starts thru Mar 2014; 2-10 May 2013 to Sep 2013 for fellowships starts thru Mar 2014; 29 Jul-2 Aug to 2013Dec 2013 for fellowships starts thru Mar 2014.
Note: These deadlines are for the head of the host institution to submit the application to JSPS; the time frames for applicants (host researchers) to submit their applications are normally earlier.

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