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The application period for 2014 fellowship programmes has closed. Application forms for next year's fellowship programmes will be posted in December 2014. 

  1. Introduction
  2. Fields of Research
  3. Eligibility
  4. Duration
  5. Terms of Award
  6. Nomination of Candidates
  7. Starting Date and Application Deadline 
  8. To Apply

1. Introduction

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. 

2. Fields of Research

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:

  1. Sustainability Science
  2. Environmental Governance (Biodiversity)  
  3. Cities and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  4. Science and Technology for SDG

The following Research Programmes at UNU-CPR in Tokyo are accepting applications for JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellows:

    5.    Peace and Security Policies at the UN 
    6.    Post-2015 UN Development Framework   

3. Eligibility

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.  

4. Duration of the Fellowship

Fellowships are awarded for a period of 24 months.

5. Terms of the Award

  1. A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
  2. A monthly maintenance allowance of JPY362,000
  3. A settling-in allowance of JPY200,000, Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage, etc. 


  • The Terms of the Award indicated above are subject to change by JSPS.
  • If the Fellow were already residing in Japan before his/her fellowship started or had resident status before/after the date his/her award letter was issued, the above-mentioned air ticket to Japan and settling-in allowance will not be provided.
  • A research grant, “Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research”, of up to JPY1,500,000 per year (total of JPY3,000,000 for two years with the amount varying depending on the areas/disciplines of research.) is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.

This award is provided by JSPS, and the JSPS programme guidelines will be available on the JSPS' website .

6. Nomination of Candidates

  1. UNU will act as the nominating authority of the programme, and applications should be submitted to UNU-IAS.

          UNU-IAS nominates candidates to the JSPS based on the following criteria:     

  • the research objectives of the applicant and the quality of the research proposal,
  • the relevance of the research proposal to the ongoing or planned research activities of the applicant's indicated Research Programme at UNU-IAS or UNU-CPR, and
  • the applicant's academic merit and the potential for successful research while in Japan.

    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.

    7. Starting Date and Deadline for Applications

    The JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme begins on 1 September and the selected Fellows are required to be in Japan by this date. The deadline for applications for the 2014 Fellowships is 15 March 2014.

    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

    Fax: +81-45-221-2302
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