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Overseas Research Fellowships

Under this program, fellowships are awarded to Japanese postdoctoral researchers at the early stages of their career for conducting research at foreign universities or research institutions for a period of two years. The fellowship covers travel expenses, a stipend, and a research grant.


Call for FY2019
Number
(world wide)

Quota for FY2019: about 130 people
Quota for FY2019 RRA: Restart Research Abroad: about 5 people

Duration of Stay 2 years from the starting date which is
For FY2019: 1 April 2019 - 29 February 2020
Application Method:

Complete the e-application process on the JSPS Tokyo website.
For details, please refer to http://www-shinsei.jsps.go.jp/ (only the Japanese version is available)

Applicants are required to apply either through their affiliated institutions or directly to JSPS Tokyo. Please take a look at the JSPS Tokyo website for more information. (only the Japanese version is available.)

Application Period:

1) Application through an Institution

Deadline for sending applications on the e-application system: 7 May 2018 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)

Application Period for submitting paper-based documents (other than e-application documents): 7 May 2018-10 May 2018 17:00 (Japan Standard Time) 

* Please notice that this period is for the administrative sections of the institutions in Japan to submit documents to JSPS Tokyo. Each applicant should follow the instructions from their institution in terms of an earlier internal deadline to collect application documents.

2) Personal Application

Deadline for sending applications on the e-application system: 7 May 2018 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)

Coverage of
Fellowship

1) International return flight tickets
2) Accommodation fees and research costs (The amount depends on the country the fellow will visit, ranging from 4.5 million to 6.2 million Japanese yen per year.)

3) Child allowance(only RRA program)
 (Equivalent of 10% of Fellow's maintenance allowance and airfare for each accompanying child)

Link to JSPS
Tokyo Website
JSPS Tokyo website (only the Japanese version is available)


Eligibility

1) To be eligible, a candidate must satisfy one of the following two requirements:
  • Ⅰ: Postdoctoral researcher employed as full-time researcher in a Japanese university, research institution, or national laboratory.
  • Ⅱ: Postdoctoral researcher who aspires to an above-listed fulltime research position.
2) The candidate must have received a doctoral degree within 5 years of 1 April 2019.
※only RRA program
3) The candidate must not have more than a cumulative total of 5 years in a permanent full-time research position at a university or other research institution.
4) The candidate must be a citizen of Japan; or if a foreign national, must have permanent residency status in Japan.

Applicants who have been awarded this fellowship before are not eligible to apply for this award again.


Tenure

Grants are awarded for a period of 2 years.
Successful applicants are asked to start their award between 1 April 2019 and 29 February 2020 for FY 2018.


Terms of the Award

1) International return flight tickets
2) Accommodation fees and research costs (The amount depends on the country the fellow will visit, ranging from 4.5 million to 6.2 million Japanese yen per year.)

3) Child allowance(only RRA program)
 (Equivalent of 10% of Fellow's maintenance allowance and airfare for each accompanying child)


Application Period

1) Application through an Institution

Deadline for sending applications on the e-application system: 7 May 2018 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)

Application Period for submitting paper-based documents (other than e-application documents): 7 May 2018-10 May 2018 17:00 (Japan Standard Time) 

* Please notice that this period is for the administrative sections of the institutions in Japan to submit application documents to JSPS Tokyo. Each applicant should follow the instructions from their institution in terms of an earlier internal deadline to collect application documents.

2) Personal Application

Deadline for sending applications on the e-application system: 7 May 2018 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)


Notice to host researchers

If you decide to host a Japanese researcher under this fellowship, please cooperate on the following points concerning their application:
・Please complete the “Letter of Intent to Accept Prospective Fellow by Host Researcher” document when you are asked by the applicant.
・Please discuss the research plan in detail with the applicant before they submit their proposal as one of the important points of the selection criteria.
・Please write a letter of acceptance if the applicant passes the selection process and when you are asked by the applicant. This letter should be submitted to JSPS Tokyo Headquarters by the applicant before 40 days of the fellowship start date.

Screening

1) Screening procedure Screening procedure
A fair and transparent screening process is carried out by JSPS’s Screening Committee for Young Researcher Fellowships, comprising of top Japanese researchers. For the screening process, both document reviews and interviews are conducted. 


2) Screening criteria
Whether through his/her overseas experience, the applicant can be expected to become a highly adept researcher capable of being involved in the future of scientific advances. Whether the applicant’s research plan can (1) be expected to enhance Japan’s research environment and undertake the challenge of succeeding with new research topics as an outgrowth of his/her research activities at the overseas research institution, and (2) be expected to produce sufficient advances in their research activities prior to his/her departure overseas. Whether a concrete research plan has been established and sufficient and detailed discussion has been carried out between the applicant and his/her prospective overseas host research. Adequate foreign language proficiency is desirable. (For English, either 79 points on (Internet-based) TOEFL, 730 points on TOEIC, or Grade Pre-1 on EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency. 


3) Screening schedule

Mid-February: Issue application call and guidelines

Early May: Receive applications

Mid-August: Disclose results of 1st stage review (document review)

Late September: Screening committee conducts 2nd stage review (interviews)

Late October: Disclose results of 2nd stage review (interviews)


Contact

For application enquiries and submissions, please contact:
Overseas Training Program Division
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0083 JAPAN
Tel: +81-(0)3-3263-0925
E-mail: kaitoku-s@jsps.go.jp