The “Visiting Professor or Visiting Research Associate” was established in 1958 to emphasize the importance of the need for international cooperation on research. The program was unique because there was no other project in Japan at the time that was carried out to invite overseas researchers. It was integrated with the other fellowship which was launched in 1964 to invite young foreign researchers and renamed as the “Invitation of Foreign Scientists” in 1975. Since then, two programs have been implemented as the “Short-term fellowships” and the “Long-term fellowships” in the scheme.

Additionally, the “JSPS Award for Eminent Scientists” was integrated with the “Invitation Fellowships for Research in Japan” in response to the “Basic Strategy for Academic International Activities of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science” which was formulated in 2013. The program has been implemented as the “Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short-term)”.

Moreover, we integrated the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers” and the “Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan” in 2015. It has been implemented as the “JSPS International Fellowships for Research in Japan” which provides the varied programs that enables applicants to select the program that suits their career stage and desired invitation tenure.

Opportunity

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) carries out programs that provide overseas researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements with an opportunity to conduct collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan. These programs are intended to help advance the overseas researchers’ research activities while promoting science and internationalization in Japan.

JSPS  Invitational Fellowships for Research in Japan consists of three options of Long-term, Short-term, and Short-term S. Grantees are selected by going through the selection process following the submission of applications by a host researcher in Japan who wishes to invite a researcher from overseas via the head of his/her university or institution. The recruitment and selection for the Long-term program is announced and conducted once a year, and twice a year for the Short-term and Short-term S programs.

Short-term

To invite overseas researchers with excellent records of research achievements for short-term visits to Japan and provide them opportunities for discussions, opinion exchanges, lectures and other activities.

Duration of fellowships
14 to 60 days

Short-term S

To invite overseas researchers with distinguished records of research achievements to Japan for purposes corresponding to those records, and to provide them opportunities to offer advice and cooperate in research activities throughout the host institution and also to give lectures or conduct other activities at other Japanese research institutions.

Duration of fellowships
7 to 30 days

Eligibility

All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program

Short-term

Applicant Eligibility

The applicant (host researcher) must, in principle, be a researcher who is employed full-time at a university or research institution as specified in Article 2* of the Procedure for the Handling of Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi), issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). However, there are cases when a researcher not employed in a full time position may be eligible. Such persons must be eligible to apply for a KAKENHI grant–in-aid and his/her affiliated institution must judge them able to implement the project and to provide an appropriate research environment (e.g., laboratory, equipment, personnel) for it.
*Eligible host institutions specified under the above MEXT Procedure are as follows:

  1. 1)Universities and inter-university research institutes
  2. 2)MEXT-affiliated institutions engaged in research
  3. 3)Colleges of technology
  4. 4)Institutions designated by the Minister of MEXT

Fellow Eligibility

Researchers who hold a full-time position in an overseas research institution and satisfy the following requirements: requirements:

  1. Be a citizen or a permanent resident of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan (JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner). To be eligible, researchers of Japanese nationality residing overseas must have lived in the other country for at least 10 years and been actively engaged in research in that country throughout the period.
  2. Overseas researchers in a position equivalent to a university professor or associate professor in Japan as of 1 April 2019.

Short-term S

Applicant Eligibility

The applicant (host researcher) must, in principle, be a researcher who is employed full-time at a university or research institution as specified in Article 2* of the Procedure for the Handling of Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi), issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). However, there are cases when a researcher not employed in a full time position may be eligible. Such persons must be eligible to apply for a KAKENHI grant–in-aid and his/her affiliated institution must judge them able to implement the project and to provide an appropriate research environment (e.g., laboratory, equipment, personnel) for it.
*Eligible host institutions specified under the above MEXT Procedure are as follows:

  1. 1)Universities and inter-university research institutes
  2. 2)MEXT-affiliated institutions engaged in research
  3. 3)Colleges of technology
  4. 4)Institutions designated by the Minister of MEXT

Fellow Eligibility

  1. Be a citizen or a permanent resident of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan (JSPS treats Taiwanese and Palestinian researchers in this manner). To be eligible, researchers of Japanese nationality residing overseas must have lived in the other country for at least 10 years and been actively engaged in research in that country throughout the period.
  2. Overseas researchers who are Nobel laureates or recipients of similarly high-level international prizes with exceptionally outstanding records of research achievements and who currently occupy a leading position in their subject field.

Funding Available

Short-term

Terms of award

  1. 1)Airfare A round-trip air ticket (economy-class) (based on JSPS’s regulations)
  2. 2) Maintenance Allowance \18,000 per day
  3. 3) Miscellaneous Overseas travel insurance, a research support allowance is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.

Short-term S

Terms of award

  1. 1)Airfare A round-trip air ticket (business-class) (based on JSPS’s regulations)
  2. 2) Maintenance Allowance \42,000 per day
  3. 3) Miscellaneous Overseas travel insurance, a research support allowance is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.

Deadlines

Internal Review Please contact Heloise Emdon
cuResearch Approval Form  April 19, 2019
Submission to Sponsor April 26, 2019, 5:00 P.M. (JST)

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact Heloise Emdon.