The call for applications for JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships commencing between 1 June
2014 and 30 November 2014 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), in association with the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Research Council, offers postdoctoral fellowships annually for Australian researchers to work in institutes affiliated with JSPS.
The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers provides opportunities for Australian postdoctoral researchers to conduct, under the guidance of their Japanese hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The program aims to help such researchers advance their own research while contributing to the advancement of research in Japan and the counterpart countries.
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 concentrade 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 Australian researchers in any field of natural sciences (including mathemtics, technology, engineering and medicine), the humanities and social sciences.
Host researchers and host institutions in Japan:
Host researchers in Japan must be employed full time or classified as being employed full time (excluding Jokyo, assistant professors, and Joshu, research assistants) at a university or 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.
- Candidate must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident 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 are those of dual nationality if one is Japanese.
- Candidate must hold a doctorate degree when the fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within six years prior to 2 April 2014 (i.e. awarded on or after 2 April 2008) or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the Fellowship goes into effect.
- If the doctorate degree has not yet been awarded, at the time of application, the PhD thesis needs to have been submitted and a letter is required form the candidate’s institute stating the date that he/she will officially receive the degree.
- Candidate must have arranged in advance a research plan with his/her Japanese host.
- MD (doctor of medicine) holders without a PhD are not eligible.
- Candidates who have previously been awarded a fellowship under a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers or a STA Fellowship Program are not eligible.
Duration and commencement of fellowships:
- Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 months (365 days) to 24 months (730 days).
- Successful candidates must start the Fellowship in Japan between: 1 June 2014 and 30 November 2014.
Terms of award (Fellows only):
- A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
- A monthly maintenance allowance of ¥362,000
- A settling-in allowance of ¥200,000
- Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage
- The amounts of the Awards indicated above can be 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.
- A research grant, "Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research" (Tokubetsu Kenkyuin Shorei-hi) of up to 1,500,000 yen per year (total of ¥3,000,000 for two years) is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.
The fellowship awardees (fellows) and their host researchers must submit two research reports: an interim report at the 12-month juncture of the fellow’s tenure, and a final report within one month of completion of his/her tenure to JSPS and provide a copy to the Australian Academy of Science.
* The awardees will also be asked to participate in surveys aimed at improving the fellowship program.
* The names of the awardees and their host researchers as well as their research themes and reports are subject to public disclosure.
NUMBER OF FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED
The quota for Australia in 2013 was fifteen (15) Fellowships. 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.
This program is fully funded by JSPS.
Materials to be submitted
- An original hand-signed application form (Format 2 – Postdoc) - single sided. No digital signatures please.
- A copy of a document detailing Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency status (for applicants not born in Australia) e.g.certificate of citizenship, passport or visa.
- A copy of the candidate's doctoral degree certificate. If the degree has not yet been awarded, a letter is required from the candidate's institution stating the date that he/she will officially receive the degree. Note: At time of application, PhD thesis needs to have been submitted.
- 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 report is required. Note: Referee should be from the candidate's current or previous supervisor and not from the host institution.
- Please provide the names, address and contact details of two additional referees (Australian) who may be contacted by the selection committee if further information is required. Note: Referee 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 researcher in Japan) - single sided. No digital signatures please.
- Supplementary documents (if necessary).
- All documents, except degree certification and 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 report, must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB Friday 27 September 2013.
Original applications, including referee report, 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.
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