The application period for 2014 fellowship programmes has closed. Application forms for next year's fellowship programmes will be posted in December 2014.
- Fields of Research
- Terms of Award
- Nomination of Candidates
- Starting Date and Application Deadline
- To Apply
The JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme was launched in 2002 and is jointly organized by UNU and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
It is designed to provide promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of UNU-IAS (Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability) and UNU-CPR (Centre for Policy Research), and in co-operation with their host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions. UNU acts as the nominating authority for the JSPS-UNU Programme, and UNU-IAS administers the programme on behalf of UNU in the nominating process.
This fellowship is aimed at candidates who have completed their PhD degrees in the past six years and also have professional and/or research experience.
UNU will assist in securing acceptance from the host researchers for short-listed candidates. After the host researcher is secured for each short-listed candidate, UNU will make formal nominations to JSPS, which funds this programme. The final award decision will be made by JSPS and Awards Letters will be issued by JSPS to the fellowship awardees. An advisor for each fellowship awardee will be selected for the period of research in Japan from among the UNU (UNU-IAS or UNU-CPR) faculty members.
UNU conducts research on all fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Yet, research proposals for JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships should relate clearly to one of the research areas of UNU-IAS or UNU-CPR, and also aim to be policy-relevant.
The following Research Programmes and Projects at UNU-IAS in Tokyo are accepting applications for JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellows:
- Sustainability Science
- Environmental Governance (Biodiversity)
- Cities and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Science and Technology for SDG
The following Research Programmes at UNU-CPR in Tokyo are accepting applications for JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellows:
Applicants must be citizens of countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan. Japanese nationals are not eligible.
Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (which must have been received on or after 2 April 2008), when the fellowship begins or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before the fellowship begins.
Applicants with at least 10 months research and/or professional experience are especially encouraged to apply.
Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers" (excluding Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Short-term) for North American and European Researchers and Summer Program) are not eligible.
Fellowships are awarded for a period of 24 months.
Note: This award is provided by JSPS, and the JSPS programme guidelines will be available on the JSPS' website . UNU-IAS nominates candidates to the JSPS based on the following criteria:
This award is provided by JSPS, and the JSPS programme guidelines will be available on the JSPS' website .
UNU-IAS nominates candidates to the JSPS based on the following criteria:
2. UNU will try to inform successful candidates of the results of
the nomination in June 2014.
3. JSPS takes up to 3 months after receiving the nominations to
process its award decisions.
8. To Apply
Interested and eligible candidates are invited to complete the online-application form. If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, he or she should contact UNU-IAS (see the contact information below). The online form and the required documents indicated in the form must be in English. If supporting documents are not in English, English translations must be attached.
Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview. Contact Information :
JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
6F, International Organizations Center
1-1-1 Minato Mirai
Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-8502
Japan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org