• Full Scholarship

Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is in the northwest Pacific Ocean and is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, and Taiwan in the south. Japan is a part of the Ring of Fire, and spans an archipelago of 14,125 islands, with the five main islands being Hokkaido, Honshu (the “mainland”), Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is the country’s capital and largest city, followed by Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Kobe, and Kyoto.

UNU offers Postdoctoral Fellowships to provide young scholars and policymakers, especially from the developing world, with a multidisciplinary context within which to pursue advanced research and training that are of professional interest to the successful applicant and of direct relevance to the research agenda of their selected thematic programme. Since the start of the Fellowship Programme at UNU-IAS in 1996, more than 250 young researchers – 70% of whom are from the developing world – have benefited from collaboration with UNU and Japanese scholars.

Jointly organized by the UNU and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is designed to provide promising, highly qualified young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research in sustainability under host researchers at domestic universities and research institutions across Japan in cooperation with UNU-IAS.

This fellowship is aimed at candidates who have completed their doctorates in the past six years (with the period of maternity/paternity leave subtracted) and have professional and/or research experience. UNU-IAS Tokyo acts as the nominating authority for the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. Nominated fellows will be considered members of their host institutions and are required to carry out their research under the supervision of their host researcher. It is possible for fellows to conduct research at UNU-IAS if mutually agreed upon by the host university.


  • Airfare: a round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
  • Maintenance allowance: JPY 362,000 per month
  • Miscellaneous: a settling-in allowance of JPY 200,000 and overseas travel insurance

** The award amounts are subject to change by JSPS.


  • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree at the time of application (received on or after 2 April 2018 with the period of maternity/paternity leave subtracted, counting 4 weeks as a month) or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before the fellowship begins.
  • Applicants must be citizens of countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan (Palestinian and Taiwanese researchers are eligible to apply).
Eligible Regions: Countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan.

Application Process

  • Eligible candidates should apply through the organisation’s official web portal with the necessary documents. The web portal can be accessed by clicking on the “Apply Now” button below.

Application Deadline: March 10, 2024 (9 Days Remaining)

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