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Japan Program: JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships

Social Science Research Council


The JSPS Fellowship Programs for US researchers provide promising and highly qualified recent PhDs (and ABDs—please see eligibility) with opportunities to conduct research in Japan. JSPS guidelines target the applicant who wishes to conduct cooperative research under the leadership of a host researcher, thereby advancing the Fellow's own research and at the same time stimulating Japanese academic circles through close collaboration with young Japanese researchers.

The SSRC Japan Advisory Board recommends to JSPS up to 20 candidates annually from the social sciences and humanities. Award offers are made by JSPS in early-summer for fellowships that must commence between June 1 and November 30 (long-term)or April 1 and March 31 (short-term). Applications are welcome from all social science and humanities disciplines and need not be explicitly related to the study of Japan. Projects must include work with colleagues and resources in Japan and propose a single, continuous stay in Japan from 3 to 11 months or 12 to 24 months.


Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents at the time of application and submit proof of affiliation with an eligible host research institution in Japan as part of the application packet. Permanent residents must provide a copy of a permanant resident card ("green card").
JSPS does not extend fellowships to scholars employed in the institutions under jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Scholars who have previously received funding from JSPS for 12 months or longer are not eligible to apply for JSPS fellowships.
For 12 to 24 month proposed fellowships, the candidate must have received his or her PhD no more than six years prior to April 1, 2006.
For 3 to 11 month proposed fellowships, the candidate must have either received his or her PhD no more than ten years prior to April 1, 2006 or be a PhD candidate within two years of finishing the degree. Detailed application instructions, eligibility restrictions and terms of awards are attached to the application forms.


2005 Application Receipt Deadline: December 1, 2006


JSPS provides round-trip international airfare for fellows originating in the U.S.; insurance coverage for accidents and illness; monthly stipend of ¥292,000; settling-in allowance of ¥200,000; eligibility for up to additional ¥1,500,000 annually for research expenses for stays of 12 to 24 months, research and domestic travel allowance of ¥150,000 for stays of three to 11 months.

Deadline December 1, 2006 - A completed application packet must be received no later than this date. Successful applicants will be notified directly by JSPS in Summer 2006.

Application and for more information

The application requires various forms, project description, letters of recommendation, and a letter of invitation from a host institution in Japan. The 2006 Application form is available to download here.

For further information on the above programs contact

Asia Institute