• September 1 - November 30, 2018
  • Fully Funded

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science was established with an imperial endowment in 1932. Over the more than 80 years since then, JSPS has initiated and carried out a vast array of programs that are essential to promoting scientific research. In April 2013, JSPS embarked on the 5-year period of its third mid-term objectives, under which our program rests upon four main pillars:

(1) Creating diverse world level knowledge
(2) Building robust international cooperative networks
(3) Fostering the next generation while enhancing the education
and research functions of universities, and
(4) Building evidence-based science-promotion systems and strengthening
linkage with society

Within this framework, JSPS is striving to develop itself as a vibrant research-support organization that advances research driven by the researchers’ own free ideas while fostering talented researchers of the next generation.

JSPS brings you a scheme for the Postdoctoral Fellowship. The scheme, which is funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), provides the opportunity for highly qualified young researchers to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The Royal Society is provided with a quota for this scheme by JSPS.




  • Fellowships are tenable for a period of between 12 and 24 months and would provide:
    • A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
    • A monthly maintenance allowance of 362,000 yen
    • A settling-in allowance of 200,000 yen
    • Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage, etc.
    • A research grant, “Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research” (Tokubetsu Kenkyuin Shorei-hi) is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the Japan host researcher through his/her institution.
  • Please note the amounts of the Awards indicated above are subject to change and if the candidate is already residing in Japan or had residency status prior to the commencement of the fellowship, the air ticket to Japan and settling-in allowance will not be provided.


  • Applicants must hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within six years prior to 1 April 2018 (i.e. awarded on or after 2 April 2012).
  • Scientists in the final year of their Ph.D. can submit an application. If successful, the award will only be given subject to the confirmation of the successful completion of his/her Ph.D. at the time when the award is taken up. A copy of the original Ph.D. certificate must be submitted to JSPS Tokyo one week before departure or no later than 22 November 2018, whichever is sooner. There can be no exceptions to this rule and if the candidate fails to comply, the fellowship will be automatically canceled. The candidate should be confident they can comply before applying for this fellowship.
  • All activities must be on a subject within the natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, agricultural, biological and medical research, geography and experimental psychology. The Royal Society does not cover social science, clinical or patient-oriented research.
  • Applications will only be considered for bilateral (UK-Japan) projects.
  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to arrange in advance a structured research plan for their stay in Japan with their host researcher. Host researchers in Japan must be employed full-time at an institution of one of the types listed below:
  1. Universities and inter-university research institutes
  2. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) affiliated institutions engaged in research
  3. Colleges of technology
  4. Institutions designated by the Minister of MEXT

Under certain circumstances, a researcher not employed in a full-time position may be eligible. Such persons must be eligible to apply for a KAKENHI grant-in-aid and their affiliated institution must judge them able to implement the project and provide an appropriate research environment (e.g., laboratory, equipment, personnel).

  • UK scientists who have held a Ph.D. degree for a period of more than six years or have substantial professional experience may apply for the JSPS’s Invitation Fellowship Program for Research in Japan (Long Term). Please note that the Japanese host must submit the application on behalf of the UK applicant to JSPS.
  • Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan (excluding the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short Term and the Summer Programme) are not eligible.
  • Medical Doctors (i.e. MD holders) without a Ph.D. degree are not eligible
Eligible Regions: Applicants must be UK or EU citizens resident in the UK.

Application Process

Apply Online through the given link

Application Deadline: March 13, 2018

Application ClosedOfficial link

For Further Queries

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