Fully Funded JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Young Scholars and Policymakers

Fully Funded JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Young Scholars and Policymakers

UNU offers Postdoctoral Fellowships to provide young scholars and policymakers, especially from the developing world, with a multidisciplinary context within which to pursue advanced research and training that are of professional interest to the successful applicant and of direct relevance to the research agenda of their selected thematic programme.

Since the start of the Fellowship Programme at UNU-IAS in 1996, more than 250 young researchers – 70% of whom are from the developing world – have benefited from collaboration with UNU and Japanese scholars.

This fellowship is aimed at candidates who have completed their doctorates in the past six years (with the period of maternity/paternity leave subtracted) and have professional and/or research experience. UNU-IAS Tokyo acts as the nominating authority for the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme.

Nominated fellows will be considered members of their host institutions and are required to carry out their research under the supervision of their host researcher. It is possible for fellows to conduct research at UNU-IAS if mutually agreed upon by the host university.


  • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree at the time of application (received on or after 2 April 2018 with the period of maternity/paternity leave subtracted, counting 4 weeks as a month) or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before the
    fellowship begins. Applicants must be citizens of countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan (Palestinian and Taiwanese researchers are eligible to apply).

  • Japanese nationals (including dual citizenship holders) and permanent residents of Japan are not eligible to apply. Those who have previously been awarded a Standard or Pathway Fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan are also not eligible.


  • Airfare: a round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)

  • Maintenance allowance: JPY 362,000 per month
    Miscellaneous: a settling-in allowance of JPY 200,000 and overseas travel insurance
    The award amounts are subject to change by JSPS.

    Note: If a fellow is already living in Japan or obtains resident status before the fellowship is scheduled to begin, the air ticket to Japan and settling-in allowance will not be provided.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Fully Funded JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Young Scholars and Policymakers

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