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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships

Value See below
Application deadline February 1
How to apply See below
Application form Terms and Conditions of Applying Form (form-fillable)
For more information See below


The This link will take you to another Web site Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has established the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers. A limited number of promising early-career researchers are given the opportunity to conduct research in Japanese universities and in designated research institutions and laboratories. NSERC is responsible for recommending Canadian nominees for JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships.

NSERC is acting on the evidence that equity, diversity and inclusion strengthen the scientific and engineering communities and the quality, social relevance and impact of research. Increasing diversity and gender equity in the research enterprise are key priorities in our strategic plan, NSERC 2020, and are highlighted in the strategic goal of “Building a Diversified and Competitive Research Base”.


To be considered eligible for support, as of the application deadline date, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • not have Japanese nationality or be a permanent resident of Japan;
  • hold or expect to hold a doctorate degree in one of the fields of research that NSERC supports prior to the proposed start date of the postdoctoral fellowship;
  • not hold, or have held, any other JSPS Postdoctoral fellowship.

In addition:

  • You must have completed all requirements of your first doctoral degree no more than six years before the application deadline.

Value and duration

The This link will take you to another Web site JSPS website provides additional information on the value and duration of the awards.

Application procedures

Interested students and fellows should contact to obtain the application form and instructions.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the This link will take you to another Web site Secure Submissions for NSERC’s Scholarships and Fellowships Programs site. Documents must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF) as a single document.


The deadline to apply is February 1.

Review procedures

NSERC reviews and forwards recommended applications to JSPS. JSPS reviews and selects recipients for the award.

Notification of results

JSPS notifies applicants directly of the results by email within three months of the application deadline. If the students’ or fellows’ contact information changes after submitting an application, they must inform NSERC by sending an email to

Post-activity deliverables

Within one month of completing their research study period in Japan, fellows must submit a one-page activity report of their experience abroad to NSERC by emailing

For more information

If you would like to share this opportunity, download NSERC’s promotional poster and distribute it to all interested candidates.

For more information about these fellowships, contact

You may also refer to the This link will take you to another Web site Japan Society for the Promotion of Science website for further details on the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers.