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Programmes to Invite Japanese Researchers to Overseas Research Group

Overseas Challenge Program for Young Researchers

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 FY2021
Target Fields All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences
Number of Awards About 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) However, persons are not eligible if at the time of application they have already experienced a continuous 90-day stay overseas.

Simultaneous application may not be made for this program and a researcher exchange program under MoUs with Switzerland or India.

Period of Overseas Stay Three months to one year from the date of dispatch 1st Call: Between 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
2nd Call: Between August 2021 to 31 March 2022
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 dispatch (differing by country)(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 1st Call: 16 Sep 2020 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)
2nd Call: 16 Apr 2021 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)
Link to the JSPS Tokyo website

For more detailed information, please visit JSPS Tokyo Website below. (Japanese) (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 with an invitation letter or an e-mail form agreement to accept him/her in your institution.

Selection Process

Applications will be screened, followed by a paper review and panel meeting.

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.

Overseas Research Fellowships

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

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Research Fellowships for Young Scientists

In view of the growing need to foster early career researchers who will play an important role in future scientific research activities, JSPS provides a special programme under which fellowships are granted to 1) Japanese postdoctoral researchers at their early stages of career 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.

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Grants in Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI)

for established researchers like PIs to conduct research activities including research visit to overseas institutions.
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