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2019 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (Standard)

23 January 2019


2019 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (Standard) 

For a 12 to 24 month research visit to Japan.

Eligibilty is limited to the natural sciences and UK and EU citizens.

Fellowships should start between 1 September to 30 November 2019.

Applications should be sent to the Royal Society

Deadline: 13 March 2019 (15:00 UK time)

FY2019 JSPS London BRIDGE Fellowship Call for Applications

08 January 2019

For Alumni / JBUK

Closing date: Wednesday 20th February, 2019

Visit start period: Between July 2019 to the end of March 2020


his award gives the opportunity for past fellows of JSPS programmes to revisit Japan to create, sustain and/or strengthen collaborative linkages with the Japanese academic community. The objective is to build strong networks between researchers in Japan and the UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) through a variety of academic activities. All researchers who are registered with the UK & RoI-JSPS Alumni Association are eligible to apply.
These visits may include Fellows revisiting their past or new host institutions, holding meetings to plan or arrange joint research projects or seminars, training young researchers, giving lectures, and preparing or attending scientific conferences and research meetings. The results of each BRIDGE visit are to be recorded in reports written by both the visiting researcher and their Alumni Association. These reports are then used to evaluate the visit by the collaborative linkages created, sustained or strengthened as a result.

Please visit the JSPS Tokyo Head Quarters webpage for more information:

Applicable Feild

All fields of the humanities, socia sciences and natural sciences are included.

Eligibility of Applicant

To be eligible, the researcher must meet all of the following requirements:

• Researchers who have conducted research in Japan under a JSPS International Programme and are registered with the JSPS Alumni Association of the UK & RoI and are based in the UK or RoI for research purposes are eligible to apply.

• Researchers who is employed as an active researcher working at a university or a research institute.

• The host researcher must be in support of all 7 administrative clauses on Form B (Agreement by Host Researcher) and e mail correspondence must be provided as evidence.

•Researchers who have received a BRIDGE Fellowship within the last 5 years (FY2014 – FY2018) can not apply to this call. 

Eligibility of Host Researcher

In principle, researchers who are employed full time or classified as such at one of the Japanese research institutions listed below are eligible to host a BRIDGE Fellow.

(1)Universities, inter-university research institutes
(2)Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) facilitiesand other institutions engaged in scientific research
(3)Technical colleges
(4)Institutions designated by the MEXT

*Eligible institutions under (1)-(4) are listed at: (Posted only in Japanese) 

*Definition of “full-time employment” is according to the regulations of the hostinstitution.
*There are cases when researchers not employed in a full-time position may be eligible.Such persons must be eligible to apply for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(KAKENHI) and their affiliated institution must judge them able to implement theproject and must provide an appropriate research environment (e.g., laboratory, equipment, personnel) for it.
*(2.) National and public research laboratories

Requirements of BRIDGE Fellows

• Fellows are required to submit a report to JSPS Tokyo Head Quarters and JSPS London within one month of completing their tenure. This report, including details of the affiliation of the host researcher and BRIDGE Fellow, may be given public access on the internet.

• Fellows are asked to mention they have been invited under the JSPS BRIDGE program when giving lectures and presentations in Japan.

• During their tenure, the Fellow is obligated to concentrate on creating, sustaining and strengthening research and academic networks related to the BRIDGE program and should not be engaged in other paid or non paid activities.

Commencement of Awards

JSPS London will make up to 6 recommendations for awards to the JSPS Tokyo Head Office in this call. This will be the only call for FY2019.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing by JSPS London within 2 months of the closing date. Successful applicants will receive an award letter and pre-departure preparation documents from JSPS Tokyo Head Quarters by mid May 2019.

• Fellowships are awarded for a period of 14 to 30 consecutive days
• Successful applicants are asked to start their Fellowships in Japan  between 1 July 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Value of the Award

•Round trip air ticket (arranged by JSPS’ designated travel agent)
*JSPS can not reimburse BRIDGE fellows for air tickets they have purchased by themselves.

• Daily maintenance allowance of ¥13,000
• Research Support allowance of ¥100,000
*This allowance covers cooperative research-related expenses and can be applied for by the host researcher through their host institution to JSPS Tokyo once award of a fellowship has been confirmed.
• Overseas travel, accident and sickness insurance coverage.

*These terms of award are subject to change.

Application Assessment Criteria

• Provision a: Recruitment Policy
• Provision c: Screening Criteria
• Provision e: Rules for Nominating Committee Members

These documents can be found at the following URL:

Application Procedure

To apply for the scheme, please download and complete the application form and agreement by the host researcher, available from here:

Application for JSPS BRIDGE Fellowship programme FY2019 (Form_A) *you can fill in this PDF form directly.

Agreement by Host Researcher (Form B) *you can fill in this PDF form directly.
In addition to Forms A and B the following information should be submitted: 
•E mail correspondence between the applicant and host (of no more than 10, A4 pages) which discusses the research to be undertaken during a BRIDGE Fellowship. Please provide e mail correspondence in English and a translation where necessary.
•One, A4 page CV
•One, A4 page list of selected publications.

In all sections of the application form please and do not use a font size below 10. For the application form A, a hand written signature scanned (digital image) can be accepted.

Any additional information given will not be considered.

All completed application forms, e mail correspondence, CV and publication list should be e mailed to JSPS London at :

Further Notes

• There is a limit of one application per person in any fiscal year, irrespective of whether the applicant may belong to more than one JSPS Alumni Association.

• A researcher may not be a candidate for the BRIDGE Fellowship and another JSPS Programme at the same time.

•A researcher may not be awarded a BRIDGE Fellowship and a fellowship from another funding organisation at the same time to fund the same research trip.

• Researchers who have been supported under any JSPS international program are required to describe the results and its relevance, if any, in their application for a BRIDGE Fellowship.

• JSPS does not support any research or network building activity directly related to military affairs.

• Applicants should be aware that all information provided will be dealt with in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations of JSPS London. Information will be held and processed at JSPS London, JSPS Tokyo and possibly other JSPS overseas offices and will be used exclusively for the purpose of implementing JSPS Programmes.

• Should JSPS London determine any information provided is incomplete, falsified, plagiarized or otherwise flawed, the application will be rejected.

• Fellows and host researchers must follow the rules established by the host institution and JSPS regarding infringement of human rights and prohibiting research misconduct. JSPS will take appropriate measures (e.g termination of fellowship, require reimbursement of part or all allowances paid) in cases of misuse of research funds, improper conduct (e.g. fabrication, falsification, plagiarization), unjustifiable acts (e.g. discrimination, harassment), or violation of laws.

2019 Master’s and Doctoral Programmes at UNU-IAS in Tokyo

21 December 2018


The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is now accepting applications for September 2019 admission to our postgraduate degree programmes: the Master of Science in Sustainability and the PhD in Sustainability Science. The application deadlines are 28 February 2019 for the master’s programme, and 19 April 2019 for the doctoral programme. Both programmes start in September 2019.

About the Programmes

UNU-IAS programmes aim to produce the policymakers and researchers of tomorrow, who will be at the forefront of global efforts towards a more sustainable future.

UNU-IAS students benefit from the unique opportunity to study in central Tokyo at a global university within the framework of the United Nations. Students gain both academic knowledge and practical research skills by actively contributing to the institute’s policy-oriented research projects.

Both programmes are intended for recent graduates, professionals and practitioners aiming to pursue internationally focused careers, through employment in UN agencies, other international organizations, governments, or the private sector. All lectures are conducted in English. Enrolled students also will have the opportunity to obtain credits not only from UNU-IAS but other leading universities in Japan. Joint diplomas programmes with the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Science (UT-GSFS) and Sophia University are also available.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all application documents online. Please visit the Degree Programmes section of the UNU-IAS website to find out more about application requirements and procedures.  Those who expect to receive the required qualifications before September 2019 are eligible to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact us through the online inquiry form.


02 November 2018


JSPS Summer Programme 2019
Application Deadline: 15 January 2019, 23:59 GMT
Fellowship to take place during fixed period: 11 June to 21 August 2019

The JSPS Summer Programme provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for 2 months during the summer.

Eligibility: For the 2019 Programme, 18 fellowship places are available for UK nationals who are enrolled in PhD or M.Phil. programmes at a UK university at the time of application. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Value of award: Return international airfare, maintenance allowance (534,000, JPY), research support allowance (158,500 JPY) and overseas travel and accident insurance policy are provided.

Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo.

Application guidelines and form are available on their website here:

For any Enquiries please e-mail:

Also reports written by former UK JSPS Summer Programme Fellows about their experiences of this programme can be found on the JSPS London website at the following link:

FY2019 JSPS London Call for the Short Term Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (first call)

28 September 2018


This programme provides the opportunity for short-term visits for pre- and post-doctoral UK researchers and European, North American and Canadian researchers based in the UK, for cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions. The programme is designed to provide researchers with first-hand experience of the research and living environment in Japan, whilst expanding academic exchange between Japan and the UK. Researchers from any fields; Computer, Engineering, Health, Biological, Life, Natural and Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences etc. are eligible to apply. Awards will cover visits of 1 to 12 months.

Fellowship Start Period: 1st May 2019 – 31st March 2020

Grants are awarded for a period: 1 to 12 months

Closing Date: Monday 3rd December, 2018

Completed applications should be sent by e mail ( to JSPS London. Any applications received by post and after the closing date will not be accepted.

Please download and carefully read the following 9 documents before starting your application form:

01 General Award Information for Applicants 

02 Guidelines for Completing your Application

03 Abstract_FY2019 

04 Subject Area Form for Natural and Physical Sciences

05 Subject Area Form for Humanities and Social Sciences

06 Application Form FY2019

07 Application Checklist FY2019

08 Notes for Referees FY2019

09 Reference Form_FY2019

FY2019 Call for JSPS Core-to-Core Projects

26 September 2018


Applications to JSPS Tokyo.

Duration of Project: April 2019 to March 2024 (maximum of 5 years)

Application Period: Wednesday 5th September to Monday 1st October 2018, 17:00 Japan time.

Application Procedure  

2019 Engineering Science 21st Century Doctoral / Master’s Course Program for Foreign Students with a MEXT Scholarship


The Osaka University Graduate School of Engineering Science features one of our MEXT-granted programs: “Special Training Program for Robotics Engineers” in English, starting in October 2019.

The application period: Monday, November 19, 2018, to Friday, November 30, 2018

Please download and carefully read the following documents before starting your application form:

01_201910MEXT DC application guide for special program of 21st century

02_201910MEXT MC application guide for special program of 21st century

03 Application Form_DC

04 Application Form_MC

FY2019 Call for the JSPS London Symposium and Seminar Scheme

14 August 2018

For Alumni / JBUK
Symposium Scheme

Closing date: Monday 15th October, 2018

Time frame for holding events: between June 2019 to the end of February 2020

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ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections Grants

02 August 2018


The ESRC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are inviting applications for the UK-Japan Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Connections grants, aimed at fostering the development of long-term relationships with Japanese researchers in the field of social sciences and humanities (SSH).
The overall budget for this call is £1.5 million, with funding up to £50,000 (at 100% non standard fEC) per applicant for a maximum period of 18 months.

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FY2019 EPSRC UK-Japan Call in Coordination with the JSPS Core to Core Programme

25 July 2018


The EPSRC are seeking expressions of interest by 16:00, Thursday 23rd August 2018, for participation of UK groups in the JSPS Core-to-Core Scheme in the area of advanced functional materials. 

The EPSRC will contribute up to £2M for the call as matching funding to that provided by JSPS. Applicants will be informed by the EPSRC of the outcome of their expression of interest during the week of 10th September 2018 and those invited to submit a full application to the EPSRC should do so by 16:00, 25th October 2018.

The EPSRC will fund approximately two collaborations depending on success in the peer review process that will be managed thereafter by JSPS. Funds should be used over a 5 year period for joint research projects, seminars and researcher exchanges with the aim to create world-class research hubs centred around the UK, Japan and at least one other country. Groups in all countries involved must successfully secure funds for the project to go ahead. JSPS will confirm this in February 2019 and successful projects are to start from April 2019.

For more information about the EPSRC application procedure please read the application guidance notes here

For more information about the JSPS application procedure, please go to the following web link: