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Research Fellowships for Young Scientists

In view of the growing need to foster young researchers who will play an important role in future scientific research activities, JSPS provides a special programme under which fellowships are granted to 1) young Japanese postdoctoral researchers who conduct research activities at Japanese universities or research institutions on a non-employment basis and to 2) graduate students who conduct research as part of Japanese university doctoral programmes. JSPS strongly recommends the successful researchers to conduct their research abroad because it would be extremely helpful to train researchers with overseas experience for the advancement of world class research taking place in Japan.



Call for FY2018


Award Categories (1)DC1 Doctoral student 1
(2)DC2: Doctoral student 2
(3)PD: Post Doctorate
(4)SPD: Special Post Doctorate

*Special Post Doctorate is defined as the top applicants among those who applied for Post Doctorate grants.
Number of Awards Available
(1)DC1: 700
(2)DC2: 1,100
(3)PD: 350
(4)SPD: 18
Duration of Award (1) DC1: 3 years from 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2021 
(2) DC2: 2 years from 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2020
(3) PD: 3 years from 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2021 
(4) SPD: 3 years from 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2021
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)
Application Period: Deadline for sending applications on the e-application system: 1 June 2017 17:00 (Japanese Time)
Application Period for submitting paper-based documents (other than e-application documents): 1 to 7 June 2017 17:00 (Japanese Time)
Coverage of
Fellowship
Monthly stipend
(1) DC1: ¥200,000
(2) DC2: ¥200,000
(3) PD: ¥362,000
(4) SPD: ¥446,000

Fellowship recipients may apply for an additional research grant of the following amount.
(1) DC1: up to ¥1,500,000 per year
(2) DC2: up to ¥1,500,000 per year
(3) PD: up to ¥1,500,000 per year
(4) SPD: up to ¥3,000,000 per year
Link to JSPS
Tokyo Website
For more detailed information, please visit JSPS Tokyo Website below.
http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-pd/index.html (English)
http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-pd/index.html (Japanese)


ELIGIBILITY

(1) DC1 (Doctoral students)

● Applicants must meet one of the following requirements as of 1 April 2018:

a) Be enrolled in the 3rd year of a 5 year graduate program consisting of a 2 year first stage program (generally called a master’s program) and a 3 year program following that.
b) Be enrolled in the 3rd year of a continuous 5 year graduate program.
c) Be enrolled in the 1st year of a doctoral program as part of a 3 year program.
d) Be enrolled in the 2nd year of a 4 year doctoral program in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine.

(2) DC2 (Doctoral students)

● Applicants must meet one of the following requirements as of 1 April 2018:

a) Be enrolled in the 4th or 5th year of a 5 year graduate program consisting of a 2 year first stage program (generally called a master’s program) and a 3 year program following that.
b) Be enrolled in the 4th or 5th year of a continuous 5 year graduate program.
c) Be enrolled in the 2nd or 3rd year of a doctoral program as part of a 3 year program.
d) Be enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of a 4 year doctoral program in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine.

(3) PD (Post Doctorate)

● Applicants must meet one of the following criteria as of 1 April 2018:

a) Have completed or soon to complete a 3 or 5 year doctoral course.
b) Have completed or soon to complete a 4 year doctoral course in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine (excluding point c) and d) below).
c) Have completed or soon to complete a 4 year doctoral degree in medicine (excluding point d) below) dentistry or veterinary medicine and have completed clinical training required under law.
d) Have completed or soon to complete a 4 year doctoral degree in medicine and have completed over 2 years of clinical training as required by law.

● The applicant should also be in one of the following positions as of 1 April 2018:

a) The applicant must have obtained their doctoral degree within the last 5 years, which means after 2 April 2013, or must be currently enrolled in a doctoral course and scheduled to receive their Ph.D by 1 April 2018.
b) An applicant who is not scheduled to receive their doctoral degree from a Japanese university and is going to be enrolled in a course for more than the standard course duration. (Successful candidates in this position will be taken as DC2. Researchers who have already been awarded under the DC category of this fellowship scheme are not eligible to apply again.)

● In principle, an applicant must be affiliated to a different institution from where they used to belong during their doctoral course.

● Applicants must be Japanese nationals or foreign citizens possessing proof of permanent residency.

*Special Post Doctorate is defined as the top applicants among those who applied for Post Doctorate grants. All the eligibility criteria explained above for Post Doctorates applies to Special Post Doctorates.



Duration and Commencement of Awards

(1) DC1: 3 years from 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2021 
(2) DC2: 2 years from 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2020 
(3) PD: 3 years from 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2021 
(4) SPD: 3 years from 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2021



Terms of the Award

● Monthly stipend

(1) DC1: ¥200,000
(2) DC2: ¥200,000
(3) PD: ¥362,000
(4) SPD: ¥446,000

● Fellowship recipients may apply for an additional research grant of the following amounts:

(1) DC1: up to ¥1,500,000 per year
(2) DC2: up to ¥1,500,000 per year
(3) PD: up to ¥1,500,000 per year
(4) SPD: up to ¥3,000,000 per year



Application Period

Deadline for sending applications on the e-application system: 1 June 2017 17:00 (Japanese Time)

Application Period for submitting paper-based documents (other than e-application documents): 1 June to 7 June 2017 17:00 (Japanese Time)



Selection Process

1. Selection of this fellowship includes a first stage mail review by expert reviewers followed by interviews conducted by a special panel of expert reviewers which consists of researchers considered at the top of their research field in Japan. There are 55 such panel members and 1,800 expert reviewers in total in the JSPS College of Peer Reviewers.

2. Each application is reviewed by 6 expert reviewers from the same research field as each applicant. If there is a specified research area which has a small number of applications, this area will be merged with another closely related field for an appropriate assessment. 6 reviewers are allocated to each review group and in the selection of applicants a balance of research fields and affiliations will be considered.

3. The panel meeting is conducted for nine research fields (humanities; social science; mathematics and physics; chemistry; engineering; biology; agriculture and medicine; dentistry and pharmacology; multidisciplinary areas). As a result of the meeting, some successful applicants may not be required to attend a further interview but among PD candidates, those who scored most highly will be invited to an interview in order to determine an award of SPD status. Those invited to a further interview are selected based on the selection criteria described in the next part. The results are announced to applicants and their affiliated institutions on the e-application website around the middle to late October.

4. Interviews take place from late November to early December and last 10 minutes (20 minutes for determining a SPD award) and take place in front of a panel of expert and non-expert reviewers. The first four minutes (eight minutes for SPD awards) are allocated for the applicant to explain about their research accomplishments and research plans and the rest of the time is to be taken up with questions from the panel of reviewers. The result is announced to the applicants by early January as well as to their affiliated institution on the e-application website.


 

Selection Criteria

Applications to JSPS Headquarters will be evaluated according to the following points:

・ Future prospects of researcher
・ Excellence of research plan with concrete purpose and direction
・ Research accomplishments, research capabilities and preparation that enables the research plan to be feasible
・(For PD) Research plan that aims to tackle a new area or that is expected to develop by carrying out research in a different research environment with a different advangtage.
・(For PhD) It is mandatory to change the research institution from which the applicant was previously affiliated as a PhD student. This is an important point of the selection criteria.
・ The mail review uses a five scale grading system as: strongly recommended, recommended, fair, questionable, not recommended.

With regard to DC level, as minimal research experience is required, reviewers mainly consider the applicant’s research profile to date, future research plans, self-evaluation and references. For PD level, the applicant’s research accomplishments are highly considered. For SPD level, successful candidates are expected to have world class research ability, excellent research accomplishments, a concrete and excellent research plan and considerable prospects for becoming a leading researcher in the future.



Contact

For application enquiries and submissions, please contact:

Research Fellowship Division
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Kojimachi Business Center Building, 5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
102-0083 JAPAN
Tel: +81-(0)3-3263-5070
E-mail: yousei2@jsps.go.jp