Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship Program

This fellowship provides promising and highly qualified recent PhDs and ABDs with opportunities to conduct research in Japan.

Sponsor: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The purpose of this fellowship is to advance the Fellow's own research and at the same time stimulate Japanese academic circles through close collaboration with young Japanese researchers. The amount of the award varies.

Applications are welcome from all social science and humanities disciplines and need not be explicitly related to the study of Japan. Projects must include work with colleagues and resources in Japan and propose a single, continuous stay in Japan from 1 to 12 months (short-term) or 1 to 2 years (long-term). 

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents at the time of application and submit proof of affiliation with an eligible host research institution in Japan as part of the application packet. Permanent residents must provide a copy of a permanent resident card ("green card"). Citizens of other countries are eligible for short-term fellowships if they have completed a master’s or PhD course at an institution of higher education in the U.S. and, upon completing the course, have for at least three continuous years conducted high-level research at a university in the U.S.  Priority will be given to researchers who are not Japanese citizens. 

JSPS does not extend fellowships to scholars employed in the institutions under jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Defense.  Scholars who have previously received funding from JSPS for 12 months or longer are not eligible to apply for JSPS fellowships.  Applicants for 12-24 month (long-term) fellowships must submit a copy of a Ph.D. diploma from a university outside Japan dated no more than six years prior to April of the application year.

How to Apply

Fellows are selected by JSPS based on nominations made by the SSRC Japan Advisory Board. The application requires various forms, a project description, two letters of recommendation, and a letter of invitation from a host institution in Japan. Detailed application instructions, eligibility restrictions and terms of awards are attached to the application forms. For further information on the above programs, contact japan@ssrc.org or see the website.

Past Recipients

Celia Genishi, Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; Donald J. Hernandez, Professor, Department of Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York, Selection Committee Chair; Ross Parke, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside; Margaret Beale Spencer, GSE Board of Overseers Professor of Education and Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania.