Nomination for Two Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions in Japan

Important dates

26 Oct 2021

Date call is made active

07 Dec 2021

Application submission deadline

01 Apr 2022

Earliest permitted project start

30 Nov 2022

Latest permitted project start

30 Nov 2024

Latest permitted project completion

Important dates


JSPS' Mobilitetsprogram søker å etablere og utvide kontakten mellom norske og japanske forskningsinstitusjoner. Forskerutvekslingen er basert på en samarbeidsavtale mellom JSPS og Norges forskningsråd.

About the call for proposals

Fellowships may have a duration of 12–24 months (standard fellowship). The postdoctoral research stay must begin in the period from 1 April to 30 November 2022.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Norwegian research organisation applies on behalf of the nominee/candidate. The organisation's project administrator is the primary contact person for RCN on behalf of JSPS.

See here for the list of approved Norwegian research organisations.

Who can participate in the project?

Fellowships may be sought for Norwegian researchers who are qualified for postdoctoral positions. In addition, applicants must:

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

Previous recipients of a JSPS postdoctoral fellowship are not eligible to apply for a fellowship again.

What can you seek funding for?

Funding will be awarded to cover the following:

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

Relevant thematic areas for this call

All fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are included under this call for proposals.



Practical information

Requirements for this application type

The FY2022 application form, standard, is to be filled in, attached and submitted with the electronic grant application to the Research Council of Norway.

Please read both the Instructions for the applications form and the Applications Guidelines from JSPS (both documents open in new windows) carefully to ensure that you satisfy the formal requirements and have included all mandatory attachments.

General requirements

  • The Project Owner and Project Manager must be within the categories set out in this call.
  • The grant application must lie within the scope of this call.
  • The amount sought and any own financing must be in accordance with the requirements set out in this call.
  • The budget must be filled in correctly so that it is clear what the amount sought will cover.
  • The grant application must be completed in full.
  • All attachments must be submitted, using the correct templates.
  • The project description must respond to the call.
  • The grant application, including all attachments, must be submitted in English.
  • All attachments must be uploaded in PDF format.

Mandatory attachments

  • The JSPS application form (maximum 10 pages), to be uploaded under "Project description". The template can be found below.
  • Other mandatory attachments as specified by JSPS, to be uploaded under "Other items" (no maximum number of pages, but attachments may not exceed 40 Mb).

Assessment criteria

We assess applications on the basis of the following criteria:


• The extent to which the concept is sound, credible and novel.

• The extent to which the project objectives are clear and relevant.
• The quality of the proposed deliverables from the project.


• The extent to which the expected effects are specified.
• The extent to which expected impacts on the system and societal levels are specified.

Knowledge sharing and exploitation
• The quality of the proposed communication and dissemination activities.
• The extent to which it is credible that the proposed outputs will contribute to the specified effects and impact.


Project Manager and project group
• The extent to which the Project Manager and project group are qualified and have the necessary expertise and are positioned to implement the project.
• The extent to which management structures and procedures are appropriate.

Plans and management
• The extent to which the work plan is clear and understandable, and the time table realistic
• The extent to which objectives and measures are coherent.
• The extent to which the project has the support of the leadership of the Project Owner and any partners, and the allocation of roles in the project is clear.
• The extent to which the budget is realistic and appropriate, and resources are allocated so that each of the partners can fulfil their role.
• The extent to which potential risks have been discussed.

Administrative procedures

The Research Council will conduct a preliminary application review and nominate fellowship candidates. JSPS is responsible for taking the final decision on grant allocations. Grant applications that do not satisfy the formal requirements stipulated in the information from JSPS or this call for proposals will be rejected. It is not possible to submit attachments after the application submission deadline has expired.

If an applicant is nominated by the Research Council for the JSPS postdoctoral fellowship, his or her application and mandatory attachments will be forwarded to JSPS for further processing.

Application processing time is normally three months.

Mandatory attachment

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