NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
DIVISION OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS IN JAPAN

The National Science Foundation (NSF) nominates researchers for fellowship programs administered by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The range of programs allows visits of one week to two years to Japanese universities and inter-university research institutes, and over 170 Japanese national laboratories, public corporations, non-profit research organizations, and prefectural research institutions. To apply for NSF nomination for a JSPS fellowship, a researcher must: 

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 
  2. Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, have equivalent professional experience, or expect to receive a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the beginning of the award period; and
  3. Be pursuing research in fields of science or engineering that are supported by the National Science Foundation.

NSF nominates American researchers for the following JSPS fellowships: 

 

Applicants should review the eligibility requirements, potential host institutions, and provisions of all four programs to determine the best fit, irrespective of the formal name of the program.

There is no deadline for applying to NSF for nomination, but there are a limited number of fellowship positions. Applicants should note lead-time and starting date requirements under individual programs.

Endorsement by an U.S. institution (i.e., sponsored research office) is not required and applications should NOT be submitted via FASTLANE unless requesting dependent support.

The complete application should be sent to mmcaulif@nsf.gov as a "single attachment" with the message indicating that a JSPS Fellowship Application is attached.  The attachment should be formatted in either ".pdf" or ".doc", but not both, and named "your last name + Applic" (example--JohnsonApplic.doc or JohnsonApplic.pdf.)  If the attachment is a ".doc" format, it should include a page break at the end of each page.  The submitted document MUST include your scanned signature and date.  One signed copy of the complete application should be mailed to:

East Asia and Pacific Program, Room 935
Division of International Programs
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA  22230 

Note that the JSPS fellowships are administered and funded by the Japanese agency. NSF nominates selected candidates and JSPS makes final decisions on awards. Applications to NSF will be reviewed and evaluated, and nominations will be made on the basis of NSF program priorities.

DEPENDENT SUPPORT: Researchers who plan to stay in Japan for 6 months or more and will be accompanied by dependents may be eligible to apply to NSF for dependent support. If requesting dependent support, the entire JSPS fellowship application must also be submitted via FastLane.

Researchers in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences should note that, like NSF, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) also nominate researchers to the JSPS fellowships. 

Individuals not eligible for NSF, NIH, or SSRC nomination should apply directly to JSPS through a researcher at the potential host institution. Information concerning direct application should be requested from the potential host researcher or by contacting JSPS.

Inquiries about the JSPS fellowships may be made to NSF by e-mail (mmcaulif@nsf.gov) or phone (703-292-8704). 

 

 

 

PRIVACY ACT AND PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENTS

 

The information requested on the application materials is solicited under the authority of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. It will be used in connection with the selection of qualified applicants and may be disclosed to qualified reviewers and staff assistants as part of the review process; to the institution the nominee, applicant or fellow is attending or is planning to attend or is employed by for the purpose of facilitating review or award decisions, or administering fellowships or awards; to government contractors, experts, volunteers and researchers as necessary to complete assigned work; to other government agencies needing data regarding applicants or nominees as part of the application review process, or in order to coordinate programs; and to another Federal agency, court or party in a court or Federal administrative proceeding if the government is a party. Information from this system may be merged with other computer files to carry out statistical studies the results of which do not identify individuals. Notice of the agency's decision may be given to nominators, and disclosure may be made of awardees' names, home institutions, and fields of study for public information purposes. For fellows or awardees receiving stipends directly from the government, information is transmitted to the Department of the Treasury to make payments. See System of Records, NSF-12, "Fellowships and Other Awards," 63 Federal Register 265 (January 5, 1998). Submission of the information is voluntary; however, failure to provide full and complete information may reduce the possibility of your receiving an award. 

Pursuant to 5 CFR 1320.5(b), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to an information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The OMB control number for this collection is 3145-0023. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 12 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate and any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to: Suzanne Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, Information Dissemination Branch, Division of Administrative Services, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA 22230, or to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation (3145-0023), 725 - 17th Street, N.W., Room 10235, Washington, D.C. 20503.

 

1: Short-term Invitation Fellowship

 

Short-term Invitation Fellowships support individual research visits of 7-60 days at Japanese universities, inter-university research institutes, and other designated institutions under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), in addition to Japanese national laboratories, public corporations, non-profit research organizations, and prefectural research institutions

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, have equivalent professional experience, or expect to receive a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the beginning of the award period.

Allowances Provided by JSPS: 

  1. Round-trip economy class airline ticket (Business class for senior researchers)
  2. Daily living allowance of 16,000 Yen (18,000 Yen for senior researchers)
  3. Research travel allowance in Japan of 150,000 Yen
  4. Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage

Materials Required to Apply for NSF Nomination: 

  1. Application form
  2. Project description, including objectives and expected significance of the proposed activities, design of experiments, and general work plan (3 pages maximum)
  3. Summary of previous cooperation and the potential benefits of collaborative research with Japanese counterparts. (1 page maximum)
  4. Proposed itinerary of site visits in Japan
  5. Biographical sketch (2 pages maximum; see content and format instructions in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide
  6. Letter of reference from a U.S. research colleague familiar with your research
  7. Invitation from Japanese host scientist 
  8. For Japanese national laboratories, public corporations, non-profit research organizations, and prefectural research institutions.

Submission Date: 

At least four months in advance of the date you wish to commence your fellowship. 

NOTE: Applications are being accepted for the 2004 Japanese fiscal year (April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2005). Short-term Invitation Fellows must arrive in Japan by March 31, 2005.

 

2: Long-term Invitation Fellowship

 

Long-term Invitation Fellowships support individual research stays of 61 days to 10 months at Japanese universities, inter-university research institutes, and other designated institutions under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), in addition to Japanese national laboratories, public corporations, non-profit research organizations, and prefectural research institutions

Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree more than 6 years prior to April 1 of the Japanese fiscal year in which the fellowship will commence.

Allowances Provided by JSPS:

  1. Round-trip economy class airline ticket
  2. Monthly living allowance of 369,000 Yen
  3. Research travel allowance in Japan of 100,000 Yen
  4. Research expenses of 40,000 Yen
  5. Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage

Materials Required to Apply for NSF Nomination:

  1. Application form
  2. Project description, including objectives and expected significance of the proposed activities, design of experiments, and general work plan (3 pages maximum)
  3. Summary of previous cooperation and the potential benefits of collaborative research with Japanese counterparts. (1 page maximum)
  4. Biographical sketch (2 pages maximum; see content and format instructions in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide 
  5. Letter of reference from a U.S. research colleague familiar with your research
  6. Invitation from Japanese host scientist.
  7. For Japanese national laboratories, public corporations, non-profit research organizations, and prefectural research institutions.

Submission Date:

At least five months in advance of the date you wish to commence your fellowship. 

NOTE:  There is only one fellowship available.  Applications are being accepted for the 2004 Japanese fiscal year (April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2005). Long-term Invitation Fellows must arrive in Japan by March 31, 2004.

 

3: Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

Postdoctoral Fellowships support individual research stays of 12-24 months at Japanese universities, inter-university research institutes, and other designated institutions under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), in addition to Japanese national laboratories, public corporations, non-profit research organizations, and prefectural research institutions.

Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree within 6 years prior to April 1 of the Japanese fiscal year in which the fellowship will commence.

Allowances Provided by JSPS:

  1. Round-trip economy class airline ticket
  2. Monthly living allowance of 392,000 Yen
  3. Relocation allowance of 200,000 Yen
  4. Research travel allowance in Japan of 58,500 Yen per year
  5. Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage
  6. Japanese language training: Fellows may request tuition reimbursement of up to 200,000 Yen for courses taken at Japanese universities and other language schools in Japan
  7. A separate application may be made for up to a maximum of 1,500,000 Yen per year to cover expenses related to equipment, materials and supplies, and research-related travel. That application must be prepared by the host researcher in Japan and submitted to JSPS through the host institution.

Materials Required to Apply for NSF Nomination:

  1. Application form
  2. Project description, including objectives and expected significance of the proposed activities, design of experiments, and general work plan (3 pages maximum)
  3. Summary of previous cooperation and the potential benefits of collaborative research with Japanese counterparts. (1 page maximum)
  4. Biographical sketch (2 pages maximum; see content and format instructions in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide 
  5. Copy of Ph.D. certificate
  6. Letter of reference from a U.S. research colleague familiar with your research
  7. Letter of recommendation from your Ph.D. advisor
  8. Invitation from Japanese host scientist 
  9. For Japanese national laboratories, public corporations, non-profit research organizations, and prefectural research institutions.

Submission Date: 

At least five months in advance of the date you wish to commence your fellowship. 

NOTE: Applications are being accepted for the 2004 Japanese fiscal year (April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2005). Postdoctoral Fellows must arrive in Japan by November 30, 2004. Unfortunately, start dates between December 2004 and March 2005 cannot be accommodated.

 

4: Short-term Postdoctoral Fellowship for U.S. Researchers

 

Short-term Postdoctoral Fellowships support individual research stays of 3-11 months at Japanese universities, inter-university research institutes, and other designated institutions under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in addition to Japanese national laboratories, public corporations, non-profit research organizations, and prefectural research institutions.

Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree within 10 years prior to April 1 of the Japanese fiscal year in which the fellowship will commence. 

Allowances Provided by JSPS:

  1. Round-trip economy class airline ticket
  2. Monthly living allowance of 392,000 Yen
  3. Relocation allowance of 200,000 Yen
  4. Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage
  5. Research travel allowance in Japan of 58,500 Yen 
  6. Monthly research support allowance of 81,000 Yen

Materials Required to Apply for NSF Nomination:

  1. Application form
  2. Project description, including objectives and expected significance of the proposed activities, design of experiments, and general work plan (3 pages maximum)
  3. Summary of previous cooperation and the potential benefits of collaborative research with Japanese counterparts. (1 page maximum)
  4. Biographical sketch (2 pages maximum; see content and format instructions in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide
  5. Copy of Ph.D. certificate
  6. Letter of reference from a U.S. research colleague familiar with your research
  7. Letter of recommendation from your Ph.D. advisor
  8. Invitation from Japanese host scientist

Submission Date: 

At least five months in advance of the date you wish to commence your fellowship. 

NOTE: Applications are being accepted for the 2004 Japanese fiscal year (April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2005). Short-term Postdoctoral Fellows must arrive in Japan by March 31, 2005.

 

 

APPENDIX

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
DIVISION OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS IN JAPAN

NSF DEPENDENT SUPPORT

 

Applicants for NSF nomination to the JSPS fellowships who plan to stay in Japan for 6 months or more and will be accompanied by dependents may be eligible to apply to NSF for dependent support as follows:

1.       Round-trip economy class airfare
2.       Up to $300 in excess baggage per dependent
3.       Relocation allowance of up to $500 per dependent
4.       $50 per month per dependent towards the cost of health insurance
5.       Schooling allowance for children in grades K-12
            -          Public: Up to $1,000 per child per year, or
            -          Private: Up to $12,000 per child per year  

If requesting dependent support, the entire application must be submitted via FastLane.  The following information is required (in addition to the JSPS fellowship application materials):

1.       Cover Sheet and Certification Page for Proposal to NSF (Form 1207)
2.       Information about Principal Investigator (Form 1225)
3.       Summary Proposal Budget (Form 1030)
4.       Budget Justification, including:
            -          Name of accompanying spouse
            -          Names and birth dates of accompanying children
            -          Details about schooling, including name of school(s), tuition and other fees, etc.
            -          Other supporting information. 

Before submitting a request for dependent support, applicants should consult with Myra McAuliffe of the East Asia & Pacific Program at NSF (mmcaulif@nsf.gov).

 

 

National Science Foundation
Division of International Programs

Application Form for JSPS Fellowship Programs

(All application materials must be typed)


Application to:

1.

Short-term Invitation _____________

2.

Long-term Invitation ____________

3.

Postdoctoral ____________

4.

Short-term Postdoctoral ____________

 

1. Name in Full:                                                                                                                
LAST   FIRST    MIDDLE 

2. Current appointment (position, department and institution): 

 

 

3. Mailing address (Please do not give post office box): 

Office:

E-mail:
Phone:
FAX: 

Home:

E-mail:
Phone:
FAX: 

 

4. Citizenship: _____ U.S. citizen
_____ U.S. permanent resident (Registration number ______________ and
Foreign citizenship ____________________) 

5. Doctoral degree (provide department, institution, and date awarded/expected): 

 

 

6. Proposed Tenure of Fellowship:

 

Arrival Date: _____________________________   Departure Date: _______________________________
 DAY MONTH YEAR  DAY MONTH YEAR

 

Total Duration: ___________________ 

 

7. Proposed flights to/from Japan (use city names, such as Chicago-Tokyo-Chicago): 

 

 

8. Proposed host researcher: 

Full name:
Title:
Institutional address: 

E-mail:
Phone:
FAX: 

9. Brief title of proposed research: 

 

 

10. Name of accompanying spouse and/or names and birth dates of accompanying children

 

 

11. Do you have or are you currently applying for any other fellowship or research support related to the proposed research visit? If so, give name of agency or program and expected date of decision. 

 

 

12. Language ability (evaluate using Excellent, Good, or Fair): 

LANGUAGE WRITING  SPEAKING   READING

 

 

 

 

13. Prior international research experience: 

COUNTRY  YEAR AND DURATION       PURPOSE 

 

 

 

Signature of applicant:  _________________________________
Date:  __________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 


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