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Short-term Fellowships for Biomedical and Behavioral Research in Japan

the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the national Institutes of Health (NIH), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Program Summary

Through arrangements made with the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the national Institutes of Health (NIH), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) will award up to 20 short-term fellowships for American researchers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to pursue collaborative research in Japan for periods ranging from seven to sixty days during the Japanese fiscal year (April 1- March 31 of each year). These fellowships are intended to enhance American-Japanese collaboration in biomedical and behavioral research by providing flexible opportunities for capable American scientists to work with colleagues in leading Japanese laboratories on substantive projects of mutual interest. Although intended primarily for more senior researchers, doctoral candidates and post-doctoral level researchers may also apply.

Applicants who wish to continue their research period beyond 60 days are advised to apply simultaneously for another fellowship, such as the JSPS Invitation Program for Senior Researchers, to start immediately upon completion of their JSPS Short-Term Fellowship for Biomedical and Behavioral Research in Japan.


Each candidate for the Fellowship must:
1) Possess either the nationality, permanent resident or citizenship of the nominating country.
2) Hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within six years prior to April 2, 2006.
3) Have arranged in advance a research plan with his/her Japanese host.

1) Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship of 12 months or longer under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program or the STA Fellowship Program are not eligible.
2) Those who do not meet the nationality/citizenship requirement may apply for the program only if the competent nominating authorities agree to accept their applications. Such researchers may be nominated to JSPS so long as they do not reduce the number of nominees with eligible status.


1) A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
2) A monthly maintenance allowance of 392,000 yen
3) A settling-in allowance of 200,000 yen
4) An annual domestic research travel allowance of 58,500 yen
5) Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage
* Accident and sickness insurance coverage for the Fellow only while in Japan
* Round trip airfare for fellowship recipient only.


October 31, 2006

Application and for more information

The required application materials are listed below:
1) Application form (research data) written by each candidate (Format 2)
2) A letter of acceptance/invitation from the candidate’s prospective host researcher in Japan, stating that he/she accepts the candidate at his/her institution.
3) A letter of reference/recommendation from the candidate’s current or previous supervisor (not from his/her prospective host researcher in Japan).
4) 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.
5) Supplementary documents (if necessary)
* All documents except degree certificate must be the original.
** All documents must be in either English or Japanese. When the original document is in another language, please be sure to attach an English translation (which does not to need be an official translation, but may be done by the host or candidate).

Applications should be sent to the following address:

Division of International Training and Research
Attn: JSPS Fellowship Program
Fogarty International Center National Institutes of Health Building 31, Room B2C39
31 Center Drive - MSC 2220
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2220

For further, more complete information about application evaluation, students are referred to the web site at:

Asia Institute