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JSPS International Programs

JSPS offers several international programs which respond to a variety of needs of Asian countries, such as supporting international joint research, inviting researchers to Japan from overseas, and fostering young researchers who will play active roles in the global arena. The brief overview of applicable programs is listed as follows. Please visit JSPS’s website for details.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers (Standard) Outstanding young researchers are invited to Japan for 1-2 years to conduct joint research under the guidance of their Japanese host researchers.
RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Program This program provides tutorial and financial support to promising researchers in countries of Asia and Africa or other specified countries who wish to obtain PhD degree from a Japanese university thorough the submission of a dissertation without going through a doctoral course.
Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan (Long-term, Short-term, Short-term S) Mid-career and professor level researchers from other countries are invited for long term (61days-10months) research visits to Japan. And researchers with outstanding records of achievement are invited for short-term (14-60days) visits to Japan.
Bilateral Programs (Joint Research Projects/Seminars/Researcher Exchanges) Based upon bilateral agreements, JSPS and overseas partner organizations provide financial support for carrying out joint research projects and seminars that build enduring network. From the FY2013 call for applications, a new program called “Open Partnership Joint Projects/Seminars” has been made available to all countries having diplomatic relations with Japan.
Core-to-Core Program JSPS supports a wide spectrum of activities including joint research projects and seminars carried out based on sustainable partnership with research institutions around the world.

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers (Standard)

The fellowship’s purpose is to provide opportunities for young and excellent postdoctoral researchers from other countries to conduct, under the guidance of their Japanese hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The program allows such researchers to advance their own research while contributing to the progress of research in Japan and the counterpart countries. Applications for this program are submitted by a host researcher in Japan who wishes to host a foreign postdoctoral fellow.
Fields of research:

All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program.

Duration of fellowships:

Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 to 24 months.

Candidate (fellow) eligibility:
Each candidate (fellow) for the Fellowship must:
  • Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan
  • Hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within 6 years, 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
Terms of Fellowship:
  • Round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
  • Monthly maintenance allowance of 362,000 JPY
  • Settling-in allowance of 200,000 JPY, Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage, etc.
  • Grant-In-Aid for Scientific Research (Tokubetsu Kenkyuin Shorei-hi) of up to 1,500,000 JPY per year (total of 3,000,000 JPY for two years) is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses.

*The amounts of the Awards indicated below are subject to change for budgetary reasons.

Application deadline (for host institution):

1st Recruitment: September
2nd Recruitment: May *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.

For details, please visit the following website.
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-fellow

RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Program

The aim of JSPS RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Program is to provide tutorial and financial support for promising researchers in Asia and Africa or other specified countries who wish to obtain their Ph.D. degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course.

Please check eligible countries at website.
Notes: From FY2015 call, JSPS does not require applicants to submit recommendation letters from nominating organizations*.

Fields of research:

All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program.

Duration of Fellowship:

Up to 3 years

Eligibility:
Each applicant for the Program must be a researcher who
  • belongs to a university or research institute in the above-listed countries
  • already holds a full-time position as a researcher in a university or research institution in his/her home country or will likely be appointed to such a position by 1 April of the starting year of the fellowship is under 45 years of age as of 1 April of the starting year of the fellowship. Further eligibility requirements for this program are provided in the Application Guidelines.
JSPS Financial Support:
  • Maximum of 3.6 million JPY (Up to 1.2 million JPY per fiscal year)
  • The following expenses can be covered by the above fund:
    Travel expenses between Japan and RONPAKU fellow’s home country, and within Japan by the fellow and his/her Japanese advisors; expenses incurred in conducting research in Japan and fellow’s home country; and other expenses related to the fellow’s dissertation submission (based on Japanese host university’s regulations), etc. *Each fiscal year, at least 70% of total funding must be used for travel expenses.
Application Deadline:
August
*This deadline is for the head of the host institution to submit the application to JSPS. Applicants must send their application documents to their Japanese advisors well in advance of the deadline. (As some universities have their own deadline, candidates should consult their prospective Japanese advisor with regard to the time frame.)

For details, please visit the following website.
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-ronpaku/

Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan (Long-term, Short-term, Short-term S)

This program is designed to enable Japanese researchers to invite their foreign colleagues to Japan to participate in cooperative work and other academic activities. Applications are submitted by the inviting researchers who wish to host foreign researchers in Japan.
Type Purposes Duration of Stay Coverage of Fellowship
Long-term Invite overseas researchers to collaborate in carrying out research through long-term visits. 2 to 10 months Round-trip air ticket
Monthly stipend 387,600 JPY
Research support allowance of up to 150,000 JPY is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses.
Short-term Invite overseas researchers with excellent records of research achievements for short-term visits for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of research in related fields through discussions, opinion exchanges, lectures and other means. 14 to 60 days Round-trip air ticket
Per diem 18,000 JPY/day
Research support allowance of up to 150,000 JPY is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses.
Short-term S Invite overseas researchers with eminent records of research achievements to Japan.
Through their advice and cooperate in research activities and lectures or conduct other activities, thereby elevating the international appraisal of the standard of research conducted in Japanese institutions and contributing to the advancement of scientific research in Japan.
7 to 30 days Round-trip air ticket
Per diem 42,000 JPY/day
Research support allowance of up to 150,000 JPY is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses.
Fellow Eligibility
Type Qualifications
Long-term - Hold a full-time position in an overseas research institution.
- Overseas researchers in a position equivalent to a university professor, associate professor or assistant professor in Japan as of 1 April of the starting year of fellowship tenure.
Short-term - Hold a full-time position in an overseas research institution.
- Overseas researchers in a position equivalent to a university professor or associate professor as of 1 April of the starting year of fellowship tenure.
Short-term S - Overseas researchers who are Nobel laureates or recipients of similarly high-level international prizes with exceptionally outstanding records of research achievements and who currently occupy a leading position in their subject field.
Application Deadline:

Long term: September
Short-term, Short-term S: September and May *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.

For details, please visit the following website.
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-inv

Bilateral Joint Research Projects/Seminars

JSPS promotes international scientific exchanges between Japan and counterpart countries in accordance with agreements or memoranda of understanding concluded with academies, research councils and other science-promotion organizations in those countries. Programs with such partner agencies mainly take the form of joint research projects, joint seminars and researcher exchanges.

Proposals for bilateral programs are openly recruited; and, per agreement with the partner agency, are jointly selected and supported. Researchers belong to counterpart country are required to submit their applications to counterpart organizations. Japanese and counterpart team leaders should be sure that their counterpart submits a matching application. Applications submitted by one side only will not be accepted. For further instruction, please ask for counterparts’ organization. Please note that some counterpart organizations limit the fields of application. Please see the program guidelines in detail.

In addition to joint research projects/seminars with counterpart organizations, JSPS has another scheme for joint projects/seminars named “Open Partnership Joint Projects/Seminars” from FY2013 that provides Japanese researchers an opportunity to do a joint research project or a seminar with researchers around the world who reside in a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan, plus Taiwan and Palestine. Counterpart researchers are encouraged to secure their own funding in their own countries.

A. Bilateral Joint Projects/Seminars with JSPS’s Counterpart Institutions

Counterpart countries in Asia:

Bangladesh (UGC), China (CAS, CASS, MOE, NSFC), India (DST, ICHR, ICSSR), Indonesia (DGHE, LIPI), Korea (NRF), Singapore (NUS), Thailand (NRCT), Vietnam (VAST)

Fields of research:

All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program. Some counterpart organizations limit the fields of application.

Expenses supported by JSPS:

JSPS supports international domestic travel expenses, other expenses, and meeting expenses for joint seminar of researchers on the Japanese team. Counterpart organizations support expenses on their countries’ team. Each institution may provide expenses necessary for stay for both side researchers during their stay in its country when such arrangement has been mutually agreed upon.

Joint Projects: Up to 5 million JPY in total/ up to 3 years
Joint Seminars: Up to 2.5 million JPY in total/ up to 1 week

Application Deadline:

September
*This deadline is for the head of the host institution to submit the application to JSPS.

B. Open Partnership Joint Projects/Seminars

Counterpart countries in Asia:

All countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan plus Taiwan and Palestine. However, applicants who wish to implement a project/seminar with an eligible country under “A Bilateral Joint Projects/Seminars with JSPS’s Counterpart Institutions” are recommended to apply under that scheme.

Fields of research:

All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program.

Expenses supported by JSPS:

JSPS supports international domestic travel expenses, other expenses, and meeting expenses for joint seminar of researchers only on the Japanese team. Counterpart researchers are encouraged to secure their own funding in their own countries.

Joint Projects:Up to 5 million JPYin total/up to 2 years
Joint Seminars: Up to 2.5 million JPY in total/ up to 1 week

Application Deadline:

September
*This deadline is for the head of the host institution to submit the application to JSPS.

For details, please visit the following website.
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-bilat

Core-to-Core Program

Since FY 2012, JSPS has implemented a newly-revised Core-to-Core Program, comprising two components: A. Advanced Research Networks (former “Core-to-Core Program” and “Asian CORE Program”) and B. Asia-Africa Science Platforms (former “AA Science Platform Program”). This program is designed to create world-class research hubs in research fields considered to be cutting-edge and internationally important in Japan or high-potential research hubs in fields of special importance or significance to Asia and/or Africa and of high priority in Japan.

Core institutions in Japan and in counterpart countries conduct collaborations. They take the form of joint research projects, seminars, and researcher exchanges, which are to be organized and carried out effectively under the program.

Japanese research institutions are eligible to apply for this program as a core institution. Institutions in counterpart countries join and create research hubs with core institution.

A. Advanced Research Networks

Targeted Research Fields: Research topics considered to be cutting-edge and internationally important in Japan. (All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.)
Project Period: 5 years
Project Funding: Up to 20 million JPY per fiscal year
*Each counterpart institutions must provide their own project funding equivalent to JSPS’s project grant.

B. Asia-Africa Science Platforms

Targeted Research Fields:Research topics of special importance or significance to Asia and/or African and considered to be of high priority in Japan (All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.)
Project Period: 3 years
Project Funding: Up to 8 million JPY per fiscal year

Application Period:

Early September to Early October
*This deadline is for the head of the host institution to submit the application to JSPS.

For details, please visit the following website.
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-c2c

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