JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme: Applicants must be citizens of countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan. Japanese nationals are not eligible. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree on or after 2 April 2010 (i.e., the degree must have been received within six years prior to 1 April 2016), when the fellowship begins or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before the fellowship begins.
Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Overseas Researchers” (excluding Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Short-term) for North American and European Researchers and Summer Program) are not eligible.
Applicants with at least 10 months research and/or professional experience are especially encouraged to apply.
Duration of the fellowship
Fellowships are awarded for a period of 24 months.
Nomination of candidates
UNU will act as the nominating authority of the programme, and applications should be submitted to UNU-IAS. UNU-IAS nominates candidates to the JSPS based on the following criteria:
- the research objectives of the applicant and the quality of the research proposal,
- the relevance of the research proposal to the ongoing or planned research activities of the applicant’s indicated Research Programme at UNU-IAS or UNU-CPR, and
- the applicant’s academic merit and the potential for successful research while in Japan.
UNU will try to inform successful candidates of the results of the nomination in June 2016. JSPS takes up to 3 months after receiving the nominations to process its award decisions.
Key dates: Starting date and deadline for applications
The JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme begins on 1 September and the selected Fellows are required to be in Japan by this date. The deadline for applications for the 2016 Fellowships is 29 February 2016.
Interested and eligible candidates are invited to complete the online application form. If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, he or she should contact UNU-IAS. The online form and the required documents indicated in the form must be in English. If supporting documents are not in English, English translations must be attached.
Review of applications by the Fellowship Committee will begin immediately after the application deadline. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview and to provide reference letters.
Jointly organized by the United Nations University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is designed to provide promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS, Tokyo) and UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR, Tokyo), in co-operation with host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions. UNU acts as the nominating authority for the JSPS–UNU Programme.
- This fellowship is aimed at candidates who have completed their PhD degrees in the past six years and also have professional and/or research experience. UNU will assist in securing acceptance from host researchers for short-listed candidates.
- Fellowships are awarded for a period of 24 months. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (received on or after 2 April 2010) when the fellowship begins, or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before the fellowship begins. (Japanese nationals are not eligible.)
Terms of the Award
- A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
- A monthly maintenance allowance of JPY362,000
- A settling-in allowance of JPY200,000
- Overseas travel insurance coverage, etc.
- The amounts of the Awards indicated above are subject to change by JSPS.
- If the fellow is already residing in Japan before his/her fellowship started or had resident status before or after the date his/her award letter was issued, the above-mentioned air ticket to Japan and settling-in allowance will not be provided.
- A research grant, “Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research”, of up to JPY1,500,000 per year (total of JPY3,000,000 for two years – 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.
JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2016
Research proposals for JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships should relate clearly to one of the research areas of UNU-IAS or UNU-CPR listed below, and also aim to be policy-relevant.
The following research projects at UNU-IAS and UNU-CPR are accepting applications for JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellows:
- Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services Assessment (UNU-IAS),
- Governance for Sustainable Development (UNU-IAS),
- Water and Urban Initiative (UNU-IAS),
- Low Carbon Technology (UNU-IAS),
- Peace and Security Policies at the UN (UNU-CPR),
- Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNU-CPR)
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