Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowships


Applications are now being received for visits to Japan commencing between 1 April and 30 November 2019. Closing date is 5pm (AEDT) Wednesday 21 November 2018.


The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), in association with the Australian Academy of Science, offers Postdoctoral Fellowships 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.

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 must not engage in other work, either paid or unpaid, during their tenure.

Fields of research

Applications are invited from suitably qualified researchers in any field of natural sciences (including 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 at a university or research institution listed in Table 1—Host institutions (PDF, 637 KB).

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 be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident living in Australia at the 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. Also researchers who have permanent residency in Japan are not eligible.

Candidates must hold a doctorate degree which must have been received on or after 2 April 2013 or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the fellowship goes into effect.

Note: If the doctorate degree has not been awarded at time of application, the PhD thesis needs to have been awarded and a letter is required from the candidate’s institute stating the date that he/she will officially receive the degree.

MD (medical doctor) holders without a PhD are not eligible.

Candidates who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers or an STA Fellowship Program are not eligible.

Duration and commencement of fellowships

Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 (min 365 days) to 24 full months (max 730 days).

Successful candidates must start the fellowship in Japan between 1 April and 30 November 2019.

Terms of award (fellows only)

The amounts of the awards indicated below are subject to change.

  • 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.


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) is available to cover cooperative research related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.

Reporting obligation

The fellow and their host researchers must submit a final report, within one month of the completion of the fellowship tenure, to JSPS. A copy of the report must be submitted 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 be asked to participate in surveys aimed at improving the fellowship program.

Number of fellowships awarded

JSPS has advised that the quota has not been set for Australia for the 2019 round under this program. A quota may not be set until early 2019. The quota for the previous round was 14.

The Academy will assess and rank the applications but the final selection of successful applicants will be made by JSPS.

Materials to be submitted (in the following order)

  1. Applicant summary information form
  2. Application form
    1. (please read the JSPS Application Guidelines and Instructions for the Applications Form documents prior to completing the application form)
  3. Supporting documents:
    1. Copy of document confirming Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency status (for applicants not born in Australia) e.g. Australian Certificate of Citizenship, Australian passport, Australian permanent residency visa or letter of approval for Australian permanent residency visa. Tourist, business or other short-term visas will not be accepted.
    2. 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.
      1. Note: PhD thesis needs to have been submitted at time of application.
    3. Copy of the 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.
    4. Copy of a signed letter of reference/recommendation from the candidate's doctoral supervisor (not from his/her prospective host researcher in Japan).
    5. The names, address and contact details of two referees who may be contacted by the selection committee if further information is required. These referees can be from Australia or overseas but not from the host institution.
      1. The details of the two referees can be submitted on a separate page. Do not include the details in an email.

Note: All documents must be in English.

Applications are considered carefully against the selection criteria by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise. The decisions of the committee are based on 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.

DEADLINE—5pm (AEDT) Wednesday 21 November 2018.

Documents must be submitted by a research office, or grants office if from the private sector.

Send all documents, including a PDF of the original application form, to grants@science.org.au by 5pm (AEDT) Wednesday 21 November 2018.

Notification of outcome

It is expected that the Academy will be able to notify applicants of its nominations in early 2019. Please note that JSPS will THEN need to approve the Academy’s nominations. This process is generally completed within 2-3 months prior to the participant’s proposed departure. Please take this period into consideration when arranging your proposed travel dates.

Further information

For further information contact:

Grants Administration Officer
International Programs
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783, Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 02 6201 9412
Email: grants@science.org.au

This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Past participants

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