Funding Opportunities


Programmes to Invite Japanese Researchers to Overseas Research Group

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.

Call for FY2021
Number
(world wide)

Quota for FY2021: up to 130
Quota for FY2021 RRA: Restart Research Abroad: up to 5

Duration of Stay 2 years from the starting date which is
For FY2021: 1 April 2021 - 28 February 2022
Application Method:

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

Applicants are required to apply either through their affiliated institutions or directly to JSPS Tokyo. Please refer to JSPS Tokyo's website (only details in Japanese are available.)

Application Period:

1) Application through an Institution in Japan

Deadline for sending applications through the e-application system: 7 May 2020 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)

* Please notice that is the deadline for the administrative section of the institution in Japan to submit application documents to JSPS Tokyo. Each applicant should follow the internal deadline of the Japanese institution to make sure application documents are prepared in time.

2) Personal Application

Deadline for sending applications through the e-application system: 7 May 2020 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)

Coverage of
Fellowship

1) International return flight ticket
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 for the 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 details in Japanese are available)

Eligibility

1) To be eligible, a candidate must satisfy one of the following two requirements:
  • Ⅰ: Be a Postdoctoral researcher employed in a Japanese university, research institution, or national laboratory.
  • Ⅱ: Be a Postdoctoral researcher who aspires to obtain a full-time position in either a Japanese university, research institution, or national laboratory.
  • .
2) The candidate must have received a doctoral degree within 5(10※) years of 1 April 2021.
※only for RRA programme
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 up to 2 years.
For this current call, successful applicants are asked to start their award between 1 April 2021 and 28 February 2022.

Terms of the Award

1) International return flight ticket
2) Accommodation fee and research costs (This amount ranges from 4.5 million to 6.2 million Japanese yen per year depending on the country the successful candidate will visit.)

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

Application Period

1) Application through an Institution

Deadline for sending applications through the e-application system: 7 May 2020 17:00 (Japan Standard Time)

*Please notice that is the deadline for the administrative section of the institution in Japan to submit application documents to JSPS Tokyo. Each applicant should follow the internal deadline of the Japanese institution to make sure application documents are prepared in time

2) Personal Application

Deadline for sending applications through the e-application system: 7 May 2020 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 to by the applicant.
・Please discuss the research plan in detail with the applicant before they submit their proposal, this is an important point 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 Headquarters by the applicant within 40 days of the intended fellowship start date.

Screening

1) Screening procedure Screening procedure
A fair and transparent screening process is carried out by JSPS's Screening Committee in Tokyo for Young Researcher Fellowships, comprising of prominent Japanese researchers. For the screening process, both a review of application documents and interviews with the candidates are conducted. 

2) Screening criteria
Through his/her overseas experience, the applicant can be expected to become a highly adept scholar capable of being a research leader fostering the future of scientific advances. The applicant’s research plan should indicate (1) how they can expect to enhance Japan’s research environment and undertake new research topics that develop from his/her research activities at the overseas research institution, and (2) how they can be expected to produce sufficient advances in their research activities prior to his/her departure overseas. A concrete research plan that has sufficiently discussed and agreed upon in advance with the host researcher overseas is necessary. Adequate foreign language proficiency is desirable. For English, this should be either 79 points for (Internet-based) TOEFL, 730 points for TOEIC, or Grade Pre-1 for the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency. 

3) Screening schedule

Early February: Announcement of Application call and guidelines

Early May: Application deadline

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