Programs in Japan: Professional

The JSPS Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan is aimed at Japanese researchers looking to invite foreign scientists to Japan for collaborative projects. Applications must be submitted by inviting researchers who wishes to host foreign researcher. The program can be offered at both long-term and short-term lengths. For the long-term, candidates receive funding for 2-10 months of study. For the short-term, candidates receive funding for 14-60 days of study.

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

Key Dates: Application deadline for First Recruitment for the Long-term, Short-term and Short-term S Programs is September 5, 2014. Second Recruitment for Short-term and Short-term S Programs is May 8, 2015.


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 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.


The Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP) promotes international cooperation through the exchange of defense scientists and engineers (S&E). The program affords opportunities for U.S. military and civilian engineer and scientist personnel to work on-site in allied and friendly countries. Tours run for a period of 1-2 years, and can be preceded by a 6-month language training course. Candidates must have completed a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM) field, and have relative experience. Currently, DoD has signed ESEP agreements with Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Spain, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Agencies Involved: US Air Force, US Department of Defense

Key Dates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Check program website for updated information.


Fulbright Scholars to Japan pursue a range of teaching and research areas, many focusing on cross-cultural issues such as disability rights, energy security, and public diplomacy. Additionally, professionals in law, business, government and journalism often pursue field research in Japan. Up to five teaching grants; up to two teaching/research grants; up to six research grants, including a journalist grant; and up to 10 International Education Administrators Seminar grants.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Institute; U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs; the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education

Key Dates: Deadline for the All Disciplines (Research) Award, All Disciplines (Teaching/Research) Award, Journalism Award, and Study of the United States Award is August 1, 2014. Deadline for the U.S.-Japan International Education Administrator Program Award is November 3, 2014.