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Post-doctoral fellowships in Japan

On behalf of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the Research Council is announcing funding for two post-doctoral research fellowships in Japan in all fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and technology.

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22.11.2017 13:00 CET



Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:


The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Each year, the Research Council nominates two Norwegian post-doctoral researchers for a post-doctoral fellowship in Japan (Standard JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japan for FY2018).

Fellowships may be sought by Norwegian post-doctoral researchers who:

  • are affiliated with a Norwegian research institution;
  • have established contact and agreed on a research plan with researchers in Japan prior to application submission;
  • have completed their doctorate within the past six years;
  • conduct research within the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or technology.

Previous recipients of a JSPS post-doctoral fellowship are not eligible to apply for a fellowship again.

Funding will be awarded to cover:

  • a round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations);
  • a monthly maintenance allowance of JPY 362 000;
  • a settling-in allowance of JPY 200 000;
  • overseas travel, accident and sickness insurance coverage.

Fellowships may have a duration of 12–24 months (standard fellowship).
The post-doctoral research stay must begin in the period from 1 April to 30 November 2018.

About researcher exchange under the JSPS programme

The JSPS programme seeks to establish and expand contact between Norwegian and Japanese research institutions. Researcher exchange is based on a cooperation agreement between the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Research Council of Norway. 

Researchers working at a number of Japanese educational institutions and laboratories may invite researchers from Norway to Japan to participate in joint projects. Japanese host institutions may also apply for funding directly from JSPS to invite Norwegian researchers to Japan, who will then be competing against applicants from a number of different countries outside the programme’s quota system.