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 young 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)
  • 2 postdoctoral fellowships per year available
  • Amount: These grants cover travel expenses (return trip), a settling-in allowance of 200,000 Yen (approx. € 1,600) and a fixed monthly allowance of 362,000 Yen (approx. € 3,000). In addition, the beneficiary receives travel accident and sickness insurance coverage.
  • Be aware: For any travel towards a higher-risk destination, the (travel) grant can only be used in case of a positive advice of the concerned host institution. Please make sure to request this advice at the responsible advisory body of your host institution.
  • Period: minimum 12 and maximum 24 (full) months
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: via personal letter
  • Start Fellowship in Japan: after approval by JSPS and before 30 November 2020

Profile and conditions

  • You already are a postdoctoral researcher (doctorate degree received on or after April 2nd 2014) or you will obtain your postdoctoral degree before start of the JSPS fellowship.
  • You have not previously received a postdoctoral JSPS fellowship.
  • 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 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.

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  • 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 May to the International Collaboration Committee (CIWC). They nominate maximum two candidates.
  • JSPS informs both the FWO and the candidate of its final decision within three months.

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