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JSPS Research Fellowships for Young Scientists

JSPS’s program which gives excellent young researchers the opportunity to concentrate on research.

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Purpose

It is very important to provide young excellent researchers with an opportunity to focus on a freely chosen research topic based on their own innovative ideas at the first stage of their research
career when we foster creative researchers who shoulder the future of the academic research in this country.
To this end, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (hereinafter, “JSPS”) will accept those who are in doctoral courses of Japanese graduate schools, have excellent research
capability and wish to devote themselves to research in the relevant universities as “Research
Fellowships for Young Scientists,” and provide them with research grants.

Eligiblity/Research Grants/Tenure

(1) DC1(students in a doctoral course of graduate schools)

Eligiblity Enrollment Period Those who are in a doctoral course of graduate schools in Japan as of April 1 of applicable fiscal year and fall under any one of the following.
(including foreign students)
(1) Those who are in the first year of second-term doctoral course under the divided system
(enrolled for less than 12 months)
(2) Those who are in the third year of five-year doctoral course under the integrated system
(enrolled for more than 24 months and less than 36 months)
(3) Those who are in the first year of three-year second term only (enrolled for less than 12 months).
(4) Those who are in the second year of a four-year doctoral course in medical, dentistry, pharmaceutical and veterinary science (enrolled for more than 12 months and less than 24 months)* (1) – (3) above include those who plan to proceed to the second term of a doctoral course in April 1of applicable fiscal year.
* Please note that eligibility for application may not be satisfied if applicants take a temporary leave from a doctoral course after an application was submitted.
Eligiblity Limitation For Experienced Fellow Experienced Fellow (DC, PD, SPD) cannot apply for this.
Tenure 3 years
Monthly Stipend 200,000 yen/month (subject to change)
Research Fund
(Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (for fellows))
up to 1,500,000 yen per year

(2) DC2 (students in a doctoral course of graduate schools)

Eligiblity Enrollment Period Those who are in a doctoral course of graduate schools in Japan as of April 1 of applicable fiscal year and fall under any one of the following.
(including foreign students)(1) Those who are in the second year and over of second-term doctoral course under the divided system (enrolled for more than 12 months and less than 36 months)
(2) Those who are in the fourth year and over of five-year doctoral course under the integrated system (enrolled for more than 36 months and less than 60 months)
(3) Those who are in the second year and over of three-year second term only. (enrolled for more than 12 months and less than 36 months)
(4) Those who are in the third year and over of four-year doctoral course in medical, dentistry, pharmaceutical and veterinary science (enrolled for more than 24 months and less than 48 months)* Please note that eligibility for application may not be satisfied if applicants take a temporary leave from a doctoral course after an application was submitted.
Eligiblity Limitation For Experienced Fellow Experienced Fellow (DC, PD, SPD) cannot apply for this.
Tenure 2 years
Monthly Stipend 200,000 yen/month (subject to change)
Research Fund
(Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (for fellows))
up to 1,500,000 yen per year

(3) Fellow – PD (Postdoctoral researchers, etc.)

Eligiblity Obtaining, etc. of Doctoral Degree. Those who received a doctoral degree less than five years ago as of April 1of applicable fiscal year (it is acceptable if the applicant is scheduled to receive a doctoral degree at the time of application.)
Selection of Host Research Institution The eligible host institution is the institution in which the applicant is enrolled (in the case of a researcher who is registered in more than one institution, the institution in which the researcher originally belongs). (Refer to the Application Guideline “Host Research Institution”.) For the host research institution, select research institution other than the research institution belonging to the graduate school doctoral course (hereinafter referred to as “origin research institution”) .
It is particularly important for young researchers who have just received a degree to develop liquidity as a creative researcher while having liquidity for a certain period of time in a completely different environment while acquiring a free thinking and a broad perspective. The special researcher – PD is not simply a continuation of the research in the doctoral program but rather the ability as a researcher of the researcher with a new research environment, because it is extremely effective and vital for cultivating academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.
Therefore, we will qualify to satisfy the following conditions.1. Fellows – PD should change their research environment in order to challenge a new research theme which should not be merely a continuous work from the doctoral research. In order to encourage this, the applicant must select a host institution that is different from the university where they were enrolled in a doctoral course (hereinafter referred to as “home institution” (Institution where they got master degree was not recognized as home institution)) (hereinafter referred to as “transfer of research institution”).
2. PhD supervisor should not elect as a host researcher.However, even those who satisfy both 1 and 2 but who do not fall under a substantial transfer of research institution will not meet the application qualification in principle.*Please see JSPS web site for “Special Measures” of “Transfer of Research Institution” (only in Japanese language)
Nationality Those who have Japanese nationality or foreign researchers who are granted permanent residency to Japan.
Eligiblity Limitation For Experienced Fellow Experienced Fellow should meet “Application qualification of Experienced Fellows.” Please be sure to check the JSPS’s official guidelines of applicable fiscal year.
Tenure 3 years
Monthly Stipend 362,000 yen/month (subject to change)
Research Fund
(Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (for fellows))
up to 1,500,000 yen per year

(4) Fellow – RPD (Postdoctoral researchers, etc.)

Eligiblity Age no limitation
Obtaining, etc. of Doctoral Degree. Those who received a doctoral degree less than five years ago as of April 1of applicable fiscal year (it is acceptable if the applicant is scheduled to receive a doctoral degree at the time of application.)
Suspended Research People who suspend their research more than 3 months for the purpose of childbearing and infant raising satisfying following 1 or 2.
1. People who is taking care of preshooler at April 1 of previous year of the applicable fiscal year.
2. People who has taken care of a child with a disease or disorder within the past five years, going back from April 1 of the previous year of the applicable fiscal year.
Nationality Those who have Japanese nationality or foreign researchers who are granted permanent residency to Japan.
Eligiblity Limitation For Experienced Fellow Experienced Fellow (RPD) can only apply again if they have a new birth (including the birth of their spouse) after the start of adoption of RPD.
Tenure 3 years
Monthly Stipend 362,000 yen/month (subject to change)
Research Fund
(Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (for fellows))
up to 1,500,000 yen per year