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.
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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 the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
The research undertaken must be on a subject within the natural sciences, including: physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering science, agricultural and medical research (non-clinical only). Applications for research in the social sciences should apply through The British Academy.
The applicant must:
- have a PhD, or be likely to have a PhD by the time the funding starts
- not have received their PhD more than six year prior to their application
- be 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).
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 between 12 months minimum and up to 24 months maximum.
Applications are initially reviewed by members of the our panel with the most appropriate scientific expertise. Following this a shortlist is drawn up which is sent to Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (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.