Research Fellowships for Young Scientists: JSPS

Research Fellowships for Young Scientists by Research Fellowship Division, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)


These fellowships offer the selected fellows an opportunity to focus on a freely chosen research topic based on their own innovative ideas. The program works to foster and secure excellent researchers.

Salient Features

Core program for fostering young researchers

This fellowship program is Japan’s core program for cultivating young Japanese researchers.  However, there is no nationality requirement for DC applications.

Values the independence of young researchers

Excellent young researchers are allowed to focus on a freely selected research topic and at an independently chosen research institution.

Supplying Research-Encouragement Funding and Disbursing Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research

Funding is provided to encourage and support doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers under JSPS’s Research Fellowships for Young Scientists. These researchers may also apply for a Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows.

Leave for child birth and infant nursing

Fellows who have to suspend their research for child birth and infant nursing are offered a path back into the laboratory. It is possible for them to work short hours while on such leave.

Target fields / Areas

  1. Humanities
  2. Social sciences
  3. Natural sciences.

Note: When recognized as necessary to advancing their research, they may spend part of their tenure at another research institution, including one overseas.

Fellowship types

This program offers these categories of fellowships:

  1. Doctoral Course Students (DC)
  2. Postdoctoral Fellow (PD)
  3. Restart Postdoctoral Fellow (RPD)
  4. Superlative Postdoctoral Fellow (SPD)

Outstanding young researchers may be given a Restart Postdoc (RPD) Fellowship after suspending their research activities for the purpose of childbirth and/or infant nursing.

Fellowship types

Categories Eligibility Conditions Tenure Monthly stipend Research grant(Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows)
1.        DC · Enrolled in doctoral course
· DC1: Enrolled in first year of doctoral course
· DC2: Enrolled in second year or higher of doctoral course
DC1: Three years
DC2: Two years
¥200,000 Up to ¥1.5 million/year
2.        PD · Hold a doctoral degree
· Within 5 years after receiving doctoral degree
· Transfer to another lab within or outside enrolled university
Three years ¥362,000
3.        RPD · Hold a doctoral degree*
· Within the past 5 years, suspended research for a period of 3 months or longer for purpose of child birth and infant nursing
Three years ¥362,000
4.        SPD · Hold a doctoral degree
· Excellent researchers chosen from PD candidates
· Transfer to another university graduate school
Three years ¥446,000 Up to ¥3 million/year


Quick Overview————-
Organization Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Fellowship Level PhD, Postdoctoral
Country Japan
Subject areas Humanities, Social sciences, Natural sciences
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Masters, PhD
Deadline Varies

Company Information
  • Total Jobs 5 Jobs
  • Address Japan
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