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JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is an independent administrative institution in Japan, established for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. The United Nations University (UNU), established in 1973, is the academic and research arm of the United Nations. It is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with diplomatic status as a UN institution. Since 2010, UNU has been authorized by the UN General Assembly to grant degrees. It also provides a bridge between the UN and the international academic, policy-making and private sector communities.

About the Fellowship

The JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme was launched in 2002 and is jointly organized by UNU and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). It is designed to provide promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of UNU-IAS (Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability) and UNU-CPR (Centre for Policy Research), and in co-operation with their host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions. UNU acts as the nominating authority for the JSPS-UNU Programme, and UNU-IAS administer the programme on behalf of UNU in the nominating process.


Applicants must be citizens of countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan. Japanese nationals are not eligible.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (which must have been received on or after 2 April 2008), when the fellowship begins or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before the fellowship begins.

Applicants with at least 10 months research and/or professional experience are especially encouraged to apply.

 Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers” (excluding Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Short-term) for North American and European Researchers and Summer Program) are not eligible.

Monetary Support

 A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)

 A monthly maintenance allowance of JPY362,000

A settling-in allowance of JPY 200,000, overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage, etc.

A research grant, “Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research”, of up to JPY1, 500,000 per year (total of JPY 3,000,000 for two years with the amount varying depending on the areas/disciplines of research.) is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.

Duration: 2 years

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