Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship (long term) for travel in 2014-2015
The call for applications for JSPS Invitation Fellowships (Long-term) commencing between 1 June
2014 and 31 March 2015 has now closed. The Academy expects to announce the
outcome of the Fellowships in December 2013.
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) offers the JSPS Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (long term) to promote international scientific cooperation and exchange. The fellowship allows researchers employed at designated Japanese research institutions and universities to invite fellow researchers from Australia to Japan to conduct cooperative research work with scientists at Japanese research institutions and laboratories. These visits presuppose the existence of contacts between scientists in Japan and Australia, a condition considered favourable to the promotion of future scientific cooperation and exchange.
So as to allow the smooth process of research in Japan, sufficient consultation should be made between the candidate and his/her prospective host researcher in advance of the conditions at the host laboratory, including his/her status under the fellowship, and mutual agreement regarding these conditions should be established.
As a rule, the fellowship awardees (fellows) shall stay in Japan continuously during the tenure of their fellowships and concentrate on their research at the host institution. Fellows may, however, suspend their fellowships for the purpose of childbearing or infant nursing. Fellows may not engage in other work, neither paid nor unpaid, during their tenure.
Fields of research:
Applications are invited from suitably qualified researchers in any field of natural sciences, including mathematics, technology, engineering and medicine.
Host researchers and host institutions in Japan:
Host researchers in Japan must be employed full time or classed as being full time (excluding Jokyo, assistant professors, and Joshu, research assistants) at a university or a research institution listed in Table 1 - Host institutions.
Fellows must conduct their research at the host's affiliated institution. An official letter from the host researcher should be attached to the application form. Candidates must have arranged in advance a research plan for their stay in Japan with their prospective host researcher.
- Candidates must have a research background equivalent to that of a professor, assistant professor or research associate in a Japanese university. Other researchers may be eligible if they have held a doctorate degree for a period of more than six years prior to 2 April 2014.
- Candidate must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident living in Australia at time of application. (If you were not born in Australia, please provide proof of Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency).
- Note: Persons of Japanese nationality are not eligible to apply, nor those of dual nationality if one is Japanese.
Duration and commencement of fellowships:
- Fellowships are awarded for a period of two months (61 days) to 10 months.
- Successful candidates must start the fellowship in Japan between 1 June 2014 – 31 March 2015
Terms of award (fellows only):
- A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
- A monthly maintenance allowance of ¥369,000
- Domestic research travel allowance of ¥100,000
- Research expenses of ¥40,000
- Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage
- The amounts of the awards indicated above are subject to change.
- If the fellow resides in Japan on the date his/her award letter is issued, the air ticket to Japan and settling-in allowance will not be provided.
- Host's cooperation allowance of ¥50,000 is paid to hosts.
The fellowship awardees and their host researchers must submit a research report within one month of the competition of the fellowship tenure to JSPS and provide a copy to the Australian Academy of Science.
- The names of the awardees and their host researchers as well as their research themes and reports are subject to public disclosure.
- The awardees will also be asked to participate in surveys aimed at improving the fellowship program.
NUMBER OF FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED
The quota for Australia in FY2013-14 was one (1) long-term fellowship. JSPS has advised that the quota has not been set for Australia for FY2014-15 under this program. A quota may not be set until early 2014.
The Academy will assess and rank applications but the final selection of successful applicants will be made by JSPS.
Please note this program is fully funded by JSPS.
Materials to be submitted in the following order:
- An original hand-signed application form (Format 2 – Invitation) – single sided. No digital signatures please.
- A copy of document detailing Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency status (for applicants not born in Australia) e.g. certificate of citizenship, passport or visa.
- An original hand-signed letter of acceptance/invitation from the candidate’s prospective host researcher in Japan, stating that he/she accepts the candidate at his/her institution. No digital signatures please.
- Please provide the name, address and contact details of one referee (Australian or overseas) who will provide the Academy with a written report. Only one written reference is required. NOTE: Referee should be from candidate's current or previous supervisor and not from his/her prospective host in Japan.
- Please provide the names, addresses and contact details of two additional referees (Australian) who may be contacted by the selection committee if further information is required. NOTE: Referees should not be from the applicant’s department or division, or from the host institution.
- An original hand-signed referee report or letter of reference/recommendation (see Notes for Referees) from the candidate's current or previous supervisor (not from his/her prospective host in Japan) – single sided. No digital signatures please.
- Supplementary documents (if necessary).
- All documents except those confirming Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency status must be the original.
- All documents must be in English.
To apply, there are four steps:
- Read the selection criteria;
- Complete the application form;
- Research office to submit application form and supporting documents; and
- Research office or referee to submit referee report (see Notes for Referees)
Applications must be submitted by a research office or grants office if from the private sector.
Electronic applications, including referee reports, must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB Friday 27 September 2013.
Original applications, including referee reports, must be sent to the Academy, at the address below, by COB Friday 11 October 2013.
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Notification of outcome: December 2013
It is expected that the Academy will be able to notify applicants of its nominations by December 2013. Please note that JSPS will then need to approve the Academy’s nominations. This process can take up to four months from the time the Academy submits its nominations. Please take this period into consideration when arranging your proposed travel dates.
Applications are considered carefully against the selection criteria by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise. The decisions of the committee are based upon the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. The Academy is not able to enter discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.
Closing date is COB Friday 27 September 2013
For further information contact:
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6201 9412
This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE).