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Postdoctoral Fellowships at Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research in Japan, 2019

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) is inviting applications for postdoctoral fellowships in Japan for the year 2019. This postdoctoral fellowship program covers a one to two-year stay in Japan at an academic institution funded by JSPS.

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) is participating in a joint programme with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) aimed at stimulating young Swedish researchers to conduct cooperative research activities with leading Japanese research groups.



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The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, supports research in science, engineering and medicine for the purpose of strengthening Sweden´s future competitiveness. SSF provided funding of around SEK 600 million per annum and has a capital of approximately 11 billion as a basis for its activities. Funds are given to a large number of research projects at universities and technical institutes, many in collaboration with industry and also awards grants to leading researchers, with an emphasis on young coming stars.

Scholarship Description

  • Applications Deadline: March 31, 2019
  • Course Level: Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan.
  • Study Subject: All fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are included under this program.
  • Scholarship Award:

1) Airfare A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS’s regulations)

2) Maintenance Allowance ¥362,000 per month

3) Miscellaneous A settling-in allowance of ¥200,000, overseas travel insurance, etc.

  • Nationality: Taiwanese and Palestinian and Swedish Researchers are eligible to apply.
  • Number of Scholarships: Two fellowships are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Japan

Eligibility for the Scholarship

Eligible Countries: Taiwanese and Palestinian and Swedish Researchers are eligible to apply.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan (JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner) and possess Swedish nationality, citizenship or permanent residency.
  2. Hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received on or after 2 April 2013 or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the Fellowship goes into effect.


1) Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan ([Standard] and [Pathway to University positions in Japan]) are not eligible.

2) Persons who are Japanese citizen and foreigners who are permitted permanent residence in Japan are not eligible.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure

How to Apply: Applications for this program must be submitted to JSPS through JSPS Stockholm Office. The application process is as follows:

1) Contact is made between overseas researchers (candidates) who wish to conduct cooperative research in Japan and their prospective hosts.
2) Candidates submit an application to JSPS Stockholm Office.
3) JSPS Stockholm Office asks Swedish nominating authorities to conduct a scientific evaluation to select candidates and nominates them to JSPS. Swedish nominating authorities:

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA)
The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA)
The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)

4) KVA, VINNOVA or SSF conducts an evaluation to select the candidates and submits them to JSPS.
5) JSPS decides the final candidates based on the proposals of KVA, VINNOVA and SSF.
6) Around the end of May, JSPS sends out a notice of selection decision to both the candidates and the nominating authorities.


1) JSPS does not find or introduce host researchers or institutions.
2) When setting the starting date of fellowships, adequate time should be allowed for application processing: e.g., application screening by KVA, VINNOVA or SSF and selection decision-making by JSPS (A final result will be announced around the end of May).
3) In addition to receiving applications through overseas nominating authorities, JSPS also accepts applications for candidates from researchers in Japan (open recruitment).

Scholarship Link