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JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers (Standard) in Japan, 2016-2017

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) annually awards the postdoctoral fellowship to foreign researchers for a period of 12 to 24 months. JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to conduct cooperative research under the guidance of their hosts with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions.

All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program. Up to 120 fellowships are awarded for each recruitment (September 2015 and May 2016). Applications for this program must be submitted to JSPS by a host researcher in Japan through the head of his/her university or institution.

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Brief Description

  • Study Subject(s): All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program.
  • Course Level: Fellowships are awarded for researchers to conduct under the guidance of their hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions.
  • Scholarship Provider: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • Award can be taken at: Japan
  • Number of awards: For the 1st Recruitment (September 2015) approximately 120 fellowships will be granted. For the 2nd Recruitment (May 2016) approximately 120 fellowships will be granted.
  • Duration of award(s): Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 to 24 months. Successful candidates must start the Fellowship in Japan during the following periods: For the 1st Recruitment: April 1, 2016– September 30, 2016. For the 2nd Recruitment: September 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016.
  • Open for International Students: International applicants (a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan) can apply for these JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Eligibility: 

The applicant (host researcher) must be employed full-time or classified as being employed full-time (excluding Jokyo, assistant professor, and Joshu, research assistant) at a research institution that is eligible to apply to MEXT for funding under the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (MEXT Notification) and just want to host an overseas researcher. Eligible to host institutions include the following: Universities and inter-university research institutes, MEXT-affiliated institutions that conduct scientific research, Technical colleges and other institutions designated by the Minister of MEXT.
Note: Full-time employment classification is determined by the regulations of the host institution.
Candidate (Fellow): Each candidate (fellow) for the Fellowship must:

-Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. (JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner.)
-Hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received on or after April 2, 2009, or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the Fellowship goes into effect.
-Have arranged in advance a research plan with his/her Japanese host researcher.
Note: Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers (excluding Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Short-term) for North American and European Researchers and Summer Program) are not eligible.

What does it cover? The amounts of the Awards indicated below are subject to change for budgetary reasons.
-A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
-A monthly maintenance allowance of ¥362,000
-A settling-in allowance of ¥200,000, Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage, etc.
A Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Tokubetsu Kenkyuin Syoure-hi) of up to ¥1,500,000 per year (total of ¥3,000,000 for two years) is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.

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 postdoctoral 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 deadline indicated below. The application process is as follows:
-Contact made between candidate and applicant (host researcher)
-Applicant (host researcher) submits an application to institution’s head office
-Office submits application to JSPS
Materials to be submitted: Materials to be prepared by the applicant (host researcher) and submitted to his/her institution
-Application form to be filled in by the host researcher (Form 1)
-Application form to be filled in by the foreign candidate (Form 2)
– A letter of reference/recommendation from the candidate’s current or previous academic supervisor (not from his/her prospective host researcher in Japan)
Note: Only successful candidates will be required to provide a doctoral degree certificate or a copy of their diploma if already received.
Materials to be prepared by the administrative office of the host institution:
-Number of applications
-List of candidates

Application Deadline: Application deadline 2nd Recruitment: April 26-May 6, 2016.

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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