Programs in Japan: Post-doctoral

The JSPS Summer Program is open to pre- and post-doctoral researchers looking to travel to Japan to conduct research at local institutions. The program runs for two months annually. Candidates must either have held a PhD for under 6 years before the start date, or be enrolled in a graduate program prior to application.

Agencies Involved: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), National Science Foundation (NSF)

Key Dates: Check the program’s website for updated information.  


The MATSUMAE fellowship is open to post-doctoral researchers under the age of 49 and is awarded for the purposes of research conducted at Japanese institutions. Candidates Program runs for 3-6 months. Candidates must possess a PhD and must have published recently.

Agencies Involved: The MATSUMAE International Foundation Japan

Key Dates: Application is typically due in August of each year. Dates of Program between April 2015 and March 2015.


The Luce Scholars Program provides 15-18 individuals each year with the ability to learn more about Asia by traveling and training in Asian languages, among other engagements. Placements are made exclusively in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Candidates must be US citizens with Bachelor’s degree, and must not have reached their 30th birthday by the July 1 of the year they apply for the program. Applications for the program must be endorsed by The Henry Luce Foundation. Luce Scholar candidates are nominated by 75 participating colleges and universities. The Luce Foundation cannot accept applications submitted directly by individual candidates.

Agencies Involved: The Asia Foundation, Henry R. Luce Foundation

Key Dates: Each nominating institution has an internal application deadline, typically sometime in October, as well as procedures for internal candidate review. Please contact a Luce Scholars campus liaison for possible institutional endorsement.


The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers is awarded to U.S. scientists looking to conduct research in Japan. The fellowship aims to increase distribution of scientific knowledge, and inspire young Japanese researchers to make similar academic strides in their industry. Standard and Pathway programs run for 12-24 months, Short-term program runs for 1-12 months. Candidates must possess at PhD.

Agencies Involved: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Key Dates: Program has multiple deadline dates and rounds. First round is typically due in September of each year. Check site for specific dates. 


The Gen Foundation provides grants are available to graduate students and senior researchers in the fields of biological, chemical, and botanical sciences.

Agencies Involved: The Gen Foundation

Key Dates: Applications are typically due in February of each year.