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). Please be aware that under this agreement, JSPS offers within this call 1 postdoctoral fellowship for researchers from Flanders.
This programme supports junior and excellent postdoctoral 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 (see document guidelines below for more information)
- 1 postdoctoral fellowship per year available
- Amount: These grants cover travel expenses (return trip), a settling-in allowance of 200,000 Yen (approx. € 1,400) and a fixed monthly allowance of 362,000 Yen (approx. € 2,500). In addition, the beneficiary receives travel accident and sickness insurance coverage.
- Period: minimum 12 and maximum 24 (full) months
- Submission deadline: April, 5th 2023 (5 pm Belgian time)
- Announcement of results: via personal letter
- Start Fellowship in Japan: after approval by JSPS and before 30 November 2023
Profile and conditions
- You already are a postdoctoral researcher and you have obtained your doctoral degree at a Flemish scientific institution within six years of the date the fellowship goes into effect (on or after April 2nd 2017) or you will obtain your doctoral degree at a Flemish scientific institution before start of the JSPS fellowship.
- You have not previously received a postdoctoral JSPS fellowship (not even partly).
- Please be aware that researchers who are Japanese citizen and foreigners who are permitted permanent residence in Japan are not eligible.
- You fill in the application form (in English) that you can download on this page (see below) and return it before the deadline to firstname.lastname@example.org as well as a copy of your PhD degree diploma. (If the degree diploma has not yet been awarded, a letter is required from your institution stating the date that you will officially receive the degree.)
- Remark: The submitted application form will only be used for processing your candidature and FWO will confidentially handle the personal data mentioned in the application form. The received personal data will not be transferred to any third party, with exception of JSPS who will possibly need it to further assess the application. The FWO will take the necessary measures to make sure this data transfer will be done in a secure and correct way.
The FWO will communicate about successful applicants through its news channels.
- You attach a research plan in the application form (see point 18), prepared in consultation with the Japanese researcher with whom you will be staying.
- You attach an approval of acceptance of the Japanese supervisors(s), signed by the host himself/herself, that states that the programme will be executed during the intended period.
- The advice (letter of reference/recommendation) of your supervisor or the head of the research unit should be attached to your application.
- Your application is presented in June 2023 to the Cross-Domain Panel (CDP). They nominate maximum 1 candidate.
- JSPS informs both the FWO and the candidate of its final decision within three months.
Regulations and downloads
- Guidelines JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2023 Guidelines for the applicants of a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships (current call: 2023).
- List of host institutions
Here you can find a list of eligible host institutions within the framework of a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for foreign researchers.
- Application form call 2023
- Instructions for the Application Form (call 2023)
- Example letter of invitation/acceptance by the Japanese promotor(s)
- Guidelines JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2022 Guidelines for the applicants of a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships (previous call: 2022).