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JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship

This scheme is for scientists in the UK who are at an early stage of their career and wish to conduct research in Japan.

Mount Fuji, Fujiyama, Japan

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.

Am I eligible to apply?

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 for research in the social sciences should apply through The British Academy.

You can apply for this scheme if you:

  • have a PhD, or are likely to have a PhD by the time the funding starts
  • have not received your PhD more than six year prior to application
  • are a citizen of the UK or European Union
  • have a research proposal agreed with a Japanese host scientist

The scheme is not open to applicants who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Foreign Researchers (excluding the Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme (Short Term Award) for North American and European Researchers and the Summer Programme).

Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

What is the scheme’s value and tenure?

The scheme provides subsistence funding as well as a settling-in allowance, a return air ticket and insurance cover. The Japanese host institution may also apply for a research grant of up to ¥1.5 million per year.

JSPS will provide funding for visits of 12-24 months.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s grants and awards management system (Flexi-Grant®). Applications are initially reviewed by panel members with the most appropriate scientific expertise. Following this a shortlist is drawn up which is sent to JSPS for a final decision. Applicants will be notified of the result by JSPS.

Please note that this scheme is offered by JSPS and is subject to their terms and conditions. Applicants should read through all the information offered on the JSPS website before applying to ensure they fully understand the terms of the award.

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