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 one summer (2 months) beginning in June 2013. 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: The application for 2014 Summer Program is now closed. 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 deadline August 31, 2014. 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: Application periods for the host institution for the Standard program 1st Recruitment is September 1-5, 2014 and 2nd Recruitment is April 28-May 8, 2015. Application periods for the Short-term program 1st Recruitment is October 6-10, 2014; 2nd Recruitment is January 5-9, 2015; 3rd Recruitment is April 6-10, 2015; and 4th Recruitment is July 6-10, 2015. Application period for the Pathway program is September 1-5, 2014.


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: The 2015 application will be available on the program website in November 2014.