Funding Opportunities


Programmes to Invite Japanese Researchers to Overseas Research Group

Overseas Challenge Program for Young Researchers

13 February 2018

This program gives doctoral students an opportunity to go overseas to engage in joint research in a challenging new research environment, with researchers in other countries over a period of three months to one year. In this way, the program contributes to the fostering of early career researchers who possess abundant international experience and can be expected to play leading roles in the wider scientific arena.



Call for FY2018
Target Fields All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences
Number of Awards Approximately 140
Application Eligibility Persons are eligible to apply who satisfy all of the following requirements.

(1) As of 1 April of the year of selection, be enrolled in a doctoral program at a Japanese university.
(2) At the time of both application and selection, be a citizen of Japan or have permanent residency status in Japan.
(3) Have not already experienced a continuous 90-day stay overseas.

Simultaneous applications may not be made for this program or to a researcher exchange program under JSPS MoUs with Switzerland or India.
Period of Overseas Stay Three months to one year from the date of departure Date of departure: Between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019
Receiving Institutions/Researchers Excellent overseas universities and research institutions (However, overseas research institutes of Japanese universities or research institutions are not eligible, nor are for-profit private research institutes.)
Financial Support (1) Roundtrip international airfare to the chosen country of destination (excluding domestic travel within Japan)
(2) Maintenance allowance: From 1 million JPY to 1.4 million JPY per award (the level differs according to the country where the applicant will be based)
(3) Bench fees (Up to 200,000 JPY)
How to apply Institutions to which applicants belong must send application forms and supporting documents by post. Applicants need to confirm the internal deadline set by their institution.
Application Period 16 Oct 2017 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)
Link to the JSPS Tokyo website For more detailed information, please visit JSPS Tokyo Website below.
http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-abc/index.html (Japanese)
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-abc/index.html (English)
*Information on the JSPS Tokyo website in English is limited


Notice to Host Researcher

If you decide to host a Japanese researcher under this fellowship, please provide the applicant an invitation letter or an e-mail form agreement to accept him/her in your institution.


Notice to Applicants

Applicants must show he/she have enough language skills to conduct research activities in the host institution which is equivalent to TOEFL(Internet-based)79, TOEIC 730 or have EIKEN Grade Pre-1 in the case of English proficiency.


Selection Process

Applications will be screened, followed by a paper review and panel meeting. Notification of the selection results will be made around Jan 2018 on the e-application system.


Selection Criteria

・The applicant’s research activities are expected to be greatly advanced through their proposed research plan overseas.
・Sufficient preparatory discussion should be carried out between applicant and their prospective overseas host researcher to set a concrete and feasible research plan.
・The applicant’s ability to conduct research activities and likelihood of becoming a highly adept researcher through their overseas experience.