Australian Academy of Science: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Academy invites applications from Australian researchers for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowships.

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.

To allow the smooth process of research in Japan, sufficient consultation should be made between the candidate and his/her prospective host researcher in advance of the conditions at the host laboratory, including his/her status under the fellowship, and mutual agreement regarding these conditions should be established.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified researchers in any field of natural sciences (including technology, engineering and medicine), the humanities and social sciences.

Funding & Duration

The amounts of the awards indicated below are subject to change:

  1. A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations).
  2. A monthly maintenance allowance of ¥362,000 (approx. AUD $4,720).
  3. A settling-in allowance of ¥200,000 (approx. AUD $2,600).
  4. Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage.

Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 (min 365 days) to 24 months (max 730 days). Successful candidates must start the fellowship in Japan between 1 April and 30 November 2017.


  1. Candidates must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident living in Australia at the 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.
  2. Candidates must hold a doctorate degree when the fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within six years prior to 2 April 2017 (i.e. awarded on or after 2 April 2011) or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the fellowship goes into effect.
    Note: If the doctorate degree has not been awarded at time of application, the PhD thesis needs to have been awarded and a letter is required from the candidate’s institute stating the date that he/she will officially receive the degree.
  3. MD (medical doctor) holders without a PhD are not eligible.
  4. Candidates who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers or an STA Fellowship Program are not eligible.

Submission Requirements & Internal Due Date

Further Information

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