JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2024

The United Nations University (UNU) is offering an opportunity for young scholars and policymakers, particularly from the developing world, to engage in advanced research and training that aligns with their professional interests and directly relates to the research agenda of their selected thematic program. The Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme, which began in 1996, has benefited more than 250 young researchers around the world, with 70% of them coming from developing countries.


To qualify for this fellowship opportunity, candidates must have completed their doctoral degrees within the past six years (excluding periods of maternity/paternity leave) and possess professional and/or research experience. UNU-IAS Tokyo serves as the nominating authority for the JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. Nominees will be regarded as members of their host institutions and are required to carry out their research under the supervision of their host researchers. If mutually agreed upon by the host university, fellows may conduct research at UNU-IAS.


The JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme offers a fully-funded fellowship with a round-trip air ticket, a monthly maintenance allowance of JPY 362,000, a settling-in allowance of JPY 200,000, and overseas travel insurance. However, if a fellow already resides in Japan or has obtained resident status before the beginning of the fellowship, the air ticket to Japan and settling-in allowance will not be provided.

To be eligible for this fellowship, 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) or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before commencing the fellowship. Only citizens of countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan are eligible to apply, and Japanese nationals (including dual citizenship holders) and permanent residents of Japan are not eligible. Those who have previously received a Standard or Pathway Fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan are also ineligible.

The deadline for applications is March 10, 2024. If you are interested and meet the qualifications, you can apply for this opportunity through the United Nations University (UNU) website.


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