Postdoctoral Fellowship Japan


The FWO wants to optimally promote international collaboration, as a lever for excellence. To this end, the FWO has signed a collaboration agreement with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Under this agreement, JSPS each year offers two postdoctoral fellowships for foreign researchers.

This programme supports researchers who wish to carry out scientific research at a Japanese institute recognized by JSPS, for a specified period of time. The programme is open to the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.


  • For research at a Japanese institute recognized by JSPS
  • 2 postdoctoral fellowships per year
  • Amount: These grants cover travel expenses (return trip), a settling-in allowance of 200,000 Yen and a fixed monthly allowance of 362,000 Yen. In addition, the beneficiary receives travel accident and sickness insurance coverage.
  • Period: minimum 12 and maximum 24 months
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: via personal letter
  • Start Fellowship in Japan: after approval by JSPS and before 30 November 2017

Profile and conditions

  • You are a postdoctoral researcher.
  • You obtained your PhD no longer than six years ago.
  • You have not previously received a JSPS fellowship.


  • You fill in the form (FORMAT 2) that you can download on this page (see below) and return it before the deadline to .
  • You attach a research plan, prepared in consultation with the Japanese researcher with whom you will be staying.
  • You attach an approval of acceptance of the Japanese supervisors(s) that states that the programme will be executed during the intended period.
  • Your application is submitted in May to the International Collaboration Committee (CIWC). They nominate two candidates.
  • The advice of your supervisor or the head of the research unit should be attached to your application.
  • JSPS informs both the FWO and the candidate of its final decision within three months.

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