Programs in Japan: Post-doctoral

JSPS Summer Program

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: Program runs for a period of 2 months from June 11-August 21, 2013

MATSUMAE fellowship

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, 2013 for programs beginning April 2014-March 2015

Scholarship Program for International Students

The Scholarship Program for International Students program is available to students studying in the Japanese region of Hadodate. The program provides the candidate with funds for up to one academic year in order to pursue study at a Hadodate institution.

Agencies Involved: City of Hokkaido

Key Dates: Application deadline early March each year for programs beginning the following April

Luce Scholars Program

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. Placements are made exclusively in Luce countries. 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. Direct applications not accepted.

Agencies Involved: The Henry Luce Foundation, The Asia Foundation

Key Dates: Program year begins with orientation in late June, then proceeds with language study in July and August. Placements start that September and run through July of the following year.

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers

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. Programs run for 12-24 months. Candidates must possess at PhD.

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

Key Dates: Application deadline May 2013 for programs running September 1-November 30, 2013

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short-term)

The Short-term JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers is open to both pre- and post-doctoral students coming from the U.S. 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. Short-term program runs 1-12 months and must begin between April 1 and March 31, 2014. Candidates must have received PhD within 6 years of the fellowship starting date.

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

Key Dates: Application deadline March 2013 for programs beginning August 2013, April 2013 for programs beginning September 2013, and June 2013 for programs beginning December 2013.