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Japan-Norway Researcher mobility programme

The Research Council of Norway offers fellowships to Japanese senior researchers and postdoctoral researchers nominated by the JSPS.


The Japan-Norway Researcher mobility programme aims to contribute to the long-term escalation of R&D collaboration between Japan and Norway by allowing more Japanese researchers to spend time in Norway.

Normally this programme accepts grant applications from:

Japanese researchers, including post-doctoral research fellows, are invited to Norway to cooperate with researchers at universities, university colleges, centres of excellence, museums, laboratories, independent research institutes etc.

The purpose of the stay can be to conduct joint research, participate in discussions, attend seminars, give lectures, do field work etc.

Subject fields and thematic priorities:

The programme encompasses the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

What type of funding can be sought:

The RCN offers two kinds of individual fellowships for Japanese researchers: (I) stays of 1 to 6 months for senior researchers and (II) stays of 6 to 12 months for postdoctoral researchers. The number of fellowships awarded within each category (I and II) is decided annually depending on available funding.

Application deadline and procedure:

Japanese researchers must hand in their applicationsto the JSPS in September and research stays in Norway must take place during the following Japanese fiscal year (1 April to 31 March).

Japanese applicants are advised to contact the JSPS for more information about the application procedure. The JSPS assesses all applications and nominates candidates to the RCN.

Successful candidates will in turn be asked to complete the "Japan-Norway researcher mobility programme" application form, and the Research Council of Norway will announce the final result by the end of January.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Research Council of Norway (RCN) have entered into an agreement (2006) on a Japanese-Norwegian fellowship programme for researchers in the humanities, social & natural sciences.

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