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Japan International PhD Program- RONPAKU fellowships

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has been carrying out the RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Program since 1978. The aim of this program is to provide tutorial and financial support for promising researchers in Asia who wish to obtain their PhD degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course.

Grantees under the program (RONPAKU fellows) are required to conduct their dissertation research under the joint supervision of a Japanese advisor and an advisor in their home country, and are expected to obtain their PhD degrees within a maximum period of five years. RONPAKU fellows are allowed to visit a Japanese university once a year to conduct research under the direct supervision of their Japanese advisor. The Japanese advisor may visit the RONPAKU fellow’s home university or research institution when deemed necessary to supervise the fellow’s research together with his/her home advisor.
2. Eligible Fields
All fields within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included.
3. Applicable Countries

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Candidates must be a researcher whose university/institution is in one of the following countries:
Whose university/institution is in one of the following countries:
A. Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam, which have JSPS nominating organizations
B. Other countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz, Laos, Lebanon, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan or Yemen

4. Eligibility of Japanese Advisor
The candidate’s Japanese advisor must be a full-time researcher who, as of 1 April 2009, is engaged in implementing a doctoral course at the Japanese university to which the prospective RONPAKU fellow will submit his/her PhD thesis.
5. Eligibility of RONPAKU Fellow
The candidate must be a researcher

(1) Who has not obtained a PhD degree from a Japanese university
(2) Who wishes to obtain a PhD degree from a Japanese university through the submission of a dissertation
(3) Who has already achieved substantial research results and is likely through dissertation research under the program to successfully obtain a PhD degree
(4) Who is employed full time at a university or research institution in his/her home country or will likely be appointed to such a position by April 1, 2009 (JSPS also treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner.)
(5) Who is 49 years of age or younger as of April 1, 2009.
6. Number of Fellowships to be Awarded
Approximately 30
7. Fellowship Tenure
Maximum 5 years from 1 April 2009

Application Deadline:

August 22, 2008
(JSPS will accept applications through the Japanese advisors’ universities by 22 August 2008.)


  • a. The date stipulated above is the submission deadline for the Japanese advisor’s university.
  • b. Candidates must send their application documents to their prospective Japanese advisor well in advance of this deadline. (As some universities have their own deadline, applicants should consult their prospective Japanese advisor with regard to the time frame.)

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