Fully Funded JSPS Postdoctoral Scholarship in Japan for overseas researchers


Based on the program’s success over its first nine years, we decided to open it up to young researchers from the United States and other countries in 1988. We also decided to redouble our efforts to make the program better by allowing grant recipients to apply for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research. We renamed the program the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers.”

We started accepting applications once a year from Japanese host researchers who are members of Japanese universities and other research institutes who desire to welcome international colleagues (the domestic recruitment system).

Up to 12 nations were subject to public recruiting in 1989, and 25 countries were in 1991. In 1994, the eligibility was widened for nations with diplomatic ties to Japan as a result of ongoing growth. Furthermore, we built a more adaptable invitation mechanism that twice a year issued a domestic public recruiting.

More research labs and institutes have joined as host institutions as a result of the “STA Fellowship,” which had been administered by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), being transferred to JSPS in 2001. The number of recruit subject nations rose to 25, while the number of abroad nominating authorities climbed to 35.

The “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers” and the “Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan” were also combined, and from 2015, they are available as the “JSPS International Fellowship for Research in Japan.” It has been put into practice by offering a variety of programs, allowing applicants to choose the one that best fits their professional stage and intended invitation tenure.

Degree level

Postdoctoral degree


Fields of Research All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Host Universities

Eligible host institutions specified under the above MEXT Procedure are as follows:
  1) Universities and inter-university research institutes
  2) MEXT-affiliated institutions engaged in research
  3) Colleges of technology
  4) Institutions designated by the Minister of MEXT


(1) Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan (JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner).

(2) Candidates must have obtained their doctoral degree within six years of the date the fellowship goes into effect.


 Scholarship Coverage

1) Airfare
A round-trip flight ticket (based on JSPS’s regulations. See the “Program Guidelines”. )

(2) Monthly Allowance
¥362,000 per month

(3) Miscellaneous
A settling-in allowance of ¥200,000, Overseas travel insurance, etc.

Note 1: Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Research in Japan ([Standard] , and [Pathway to University positions in japan]) are not eligible. 

Note 2: Persons who are Japanese citizen and foreigners who have permission of permanent residence in Japan are not eligible.

Note 3: A person who was selected as a fellow needs to submit an original copy of the doctoral degree certificate or a copy of the diploma before the fellowship starting date (Not required when submitting the application).

Application materials

  1. Study Plan
  2. Official Degree certificates and full official transcripts
  3. Research Proposal
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from professors
  5. Related Academic Publications
  6. Proof of nationality

How to Apply

Application is through universities and Japan society of promotion science (JSPS). For more information visit official website below


June 2, 2023