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 fellowships 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.
Candidates must be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents, and must be living in Australia or Japan at the time of application. Australian permanent residents need to be citizens of countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan.
Persons of Japanese nationality, dual nationality where one is Japanese, or candidates who have permanent residency in Japan are not eligible to apply.
Candidates must hold a PhD degree, which must have been received on or after 2 April 2016, or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the proposed fellowship commencement date.
As per section 5 (note 3) of the JSPS Application Guidelines, maternity or parental leave can be deducted from the time since receiving the PhD degree, should this reduce the time to less than the eligible period of within 6 years. For this career interruption to be included, please note that a different application form must be completed. This can be requested through the Academy’s Grants Administration Officer (email@example.com).
If the PhD degree has not been conferred at the time of application, the candidate must obtain a letter from their institution stating that—at the time of application—the applicant has met all the conditions required for completion of the degree. The letter must also include the specific date on which the degree will be conferred. This must be before the proposed fellowship commencement date. Please note that specific completion requirements may vary between institutions. Candidates are strongly encouraged to clarify the requirements with their awarding institution prior to submitting the fellowship application. This may involve seeking advice from the institution’s Office of the Registrar, for example.
Candidates who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan (Standard – P, and Pathway to University positions in Japan – PU) are not eligible.
If it becomes known before or after selection that a candidate does not meet the application eligibility, their selection may be cancelled, or the fellowship terminated. If the fellowship has already commenced, the candidate may be required to reimburse JSPS any paid allowances.
- 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 insurance coverage.
To allow the smooth process of research in Japan, sufficient consultation should be made in advance between the candidate and their prospective host researcher. Mutual agreement regarding the research plan, conditions at the host laboratory and the candidate’s status under the fellowship should be established prior to application.
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 must not engage in other work, either paid or unpaid, during their tenure.
Official Website: Science fellowships