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The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), in association with the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Research Council, offers postdoctoral fellowships annually for Australian researchers to work in institutes affiliated with JSPS.
The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers provides opportunities for Australian postdoctoral researchers to conduct, under the guidance of their Japanese hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The program aims to help such researchers advance their own research while contributing to the advancement of research in Japan and the counterpart countries.
Fields of research
Applications are invited from suitably qualified Australian researchers in any field of natural sciences (including mathemtics, technology, engineering and medicine), the humanities and social sciences.
Host researchers and host institutions in Japan
Host researchers in Japan must be employed full time or classified as being employed full time (excluding Jokyo, assistant professors, and Joshu, research assistants) at a university or research institution listed as Host Institutions.
Fellows must conduct their research at the host’s affiliated institution. An official letter from the host researcher should be attached to the application form. Candidates must have arranged in advance a research plan for their stay in Japan with their prospective host researcher.
- Candidate must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident at time of application. (If you were not born in Australia, please provide proof of Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency). Note: Persons of Japanese nationality are not eligible to apply, nor are those of dual nationality if one is Japanese.
- Candidate must hold a doctorate degree when the fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within six years prior to 2 April 2014 (i.e. awarded on or after 2 April 2008) or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the Fellowship goes into effect.
Note: If the doctorate degree has not yet been awarded, at the time of application, the PhD thesis needs to have been submitted and a letter is required form the candidate’s institute stating the date that he/she will officially receive the degree.
- Candidate must have arranged in advance a research plan with his/her Japanese host.
- MD (doctor of medicine) holders without a PhD are not eligible.
- Candidates who have previously been awarded a fellowship under a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers or a STA Fellowship Program are not eligible.
Duration and commencement of fellowships
- Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 months (365 days) to 24 months (730 days).
- Successful candidates must start the Fellowship in Japan between 1 June and 30 November
Terms of award
- A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
- A monthly maintenance allowance of ¥362,000
- A settling-in allowance of ¥200,000
- Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage
The quota for Australia fellowships awarded in 2013 was fifteen.
Materials to be submitted
- An original hand-signed application form (Format 2 – Postdoc) – single sided. No digital signatures.
- A copy of a document detailing Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency status (for applicants not born in Australia) e.g.certificate of citizenship, passport or visa.
- A copy of the candidate’s doctoral degree certificate. If the degree has not yet been awarded, a letter is required from the candidate’s institution stating the date that he/she will officially receive the degree. Note: At time of application, PhD thesis needs to have been submitted.
- An original hand-signed letter of acceptance/invitation from the candidate’s prospective host researcher in Japan, stating that he/she accepts the candidate at his/her institution. No digital signatures.
- Provide the name, address and contact details of one referee (Australian or overseas) who will provide the Academy with a written report. Only one written report is required. Note: Referee should be from the candidate’s current or previous supervisor and not from the host institution.
- Provide the names, address and contact details of two additional referees (Australian) who may be contacted by the selection committee if further information is required. Note: Referee should not be from the applicant’s department or division, or from the host institution.
- An original hand-signed referee report or letter of reference/recommendation (see Notes for Referees) from the candidate’s current or previous supervisor (not from his/her prospective host researcher in Japan) – single sided. No digital signatures. Supplementary documents (if necessary).
To apply for this scholarship please consult the scholarship website.
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