Its purpose is to proide opportunities to young postdoctoral researchers from foreign countries to conduct, under the guidance of their hosts, cooperatie research with leading research groups in uniersities and other Japanese institutions
1. OUTLINE OF THE FELLOWSHIP
Its purpose is to proide opportunities to young postdoctoral researchers from foreign countries to conduct, under the guidance of their hosts, cooperatie research with leading research groups in uniersities and other Japanese institutions. The program is aimed at proiding opportunities for such researchers to help them to adance their own research while contributing to the adancement of research in Japan and the counterpart countries.
Applications for this program are submitted by a uniersity researcher or other eligible researcher in Japan who wishes to host a foreign postdoctoral fellow.
2. FIELDS OF RESEARCH:
All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included under this program.
3. APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:
The applicant must be a researcher （excluding research assistants） employed full-time at one of the following institutions: （See TableⅠ）
（1） Japanese national, public or priate uniersities, inter-uniersity research institutes, or other research institution under MEXT jurisdiction.
（2） National laboratories or other organization actiely engaged in research, including independent administratie institutions, public research corporations, nonprofit organizations, and prefectural research institutes.
4. FELLOW ELIGIBILITY:
Each candidate for the Fellowship must:
（1） Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan
（2） Hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must hae been receied within six years prior to April 2, 2005
（3） Hae arranged in adance a research plan with his/her Japanese host
Note: Those who hae preiously been awarded a fellowship of 12 months or longer under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program or the STA Fellowship Program are not eligible.
5. NUMBER OF FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED:
For the 1st Recruitment （September 2004）： approximately 200 Fellowships will be granted.
For the 2ndRecruitment （May 2005）： approximately 200 Fellowships will be granted.
6. DURATION AND COMMENCEMENT OF FELLOWSHIPS:
（1） Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 to 24 months.
（2） Successful candidates must start the Fellowship in Japan during the following periods:
For the 1st Recruitment: April 1, 2005 - September 30, 2005
For the 2nd Recruitment: September 1, 2005 - Noember 30, 2005
7. TERMS OF AWARD （FELLOWS ONLY）：
* The amounts of the Awards indicated below are subject to change.
（1） A round-trip air ticket （based on JSPS regulations）
（2） A monthly maintenance allowance of $392,000
（3） A settling-in allowance of $200,000, An annual domestic research trael allowance of \58,500, Oerseas trael accident and sickness insurance coerage
Note: If the Fellow resides in Japan on the date his/her award letter is issued, the aboe-mentioned air ticket to Japan and settling-in allowance will not be proided.
A “Grant-In-Aid for Scientific Research” （Tokubetsu Kenkyuin Shorei-hi） or “Research Grant” （Shiken Kenkyu-hi） of up to \1,500,000 per year （total of \3,000,000 for two years） is aailable to coer cooperatie research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.
A “Grant-In-Aid for Scientific Research” （Tokubetsu Kenkyuin Shorei-hi） or “Research Grant” （Shiken Kenkyu-hi） of up to $1,500,000 per year （total of $3,000,000 for two years） is aailable to coer cooperatie research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.
8. APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR THE PROGRAM
Applications for this program must be submitted to JSPS by a host scientist in Japan through the head of his/her uniersity or institution.
Foreign scientists wishing to participate in this program are adised to establish contact with a Japanese or foreign-resident researcher in their field and to ask him/her to submit an application.
They should make this contact well in adance of the host institution's application deadline indicated below.
Application materials are distributed to the host institutions.
Application process is as follows:
Contact made between prospectie fellow and host
Host submits application to institution's head office
Office submits application to JSPS
* JSPS does not find or introduce host scientists.
* JSPS does not accept applications submitted directly by foreign scientists or through diplomatic channels.
* There is another application channel: JSPS also receies applications for the program through foreign nominating authorities （See Table II）。 Regarding this procedure, please contact the nominating authority in your country.
（1）Materials to be submitted Materials to be prepared by the applicant （host researcher） and submitted to his/her institution
1. Application form to be filled in by the host researcher （form 1）
2. Application form to be filled in by the foreign candidate （form 2）
3. Documents to be attached to the candidate's application
* A letter of reference/recommendation from the candidate's current or preious superisor （not from his/her prospectie host researcher in Japan）
* A copy of the candidate's doctoral degree certificate （if already receied）。
4. Major items of correspondence between the host researcher and the foreign candidate
5. Supplementary documents （if necessary）
6. Application sheet （a copy of page 1 of application form 1）
Materials to be prepared by the administratie office of the host institution
1. Form A （number of applications）
2. Form B （list of applicants）
（2）Application deadline （for host institution）： 1st Recruitment: 6-10 September 2004 2nd Recruitment: 9-13 May 2005
Note 1: Application guidelines will be distributed only once this fiscal year.
Note 2: These deadlines are for the head of the host institution to submit the application to JSPS; the time frames for host researchers to submit their applications are normally earlier.
9. SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION:
（1）Selection process Screening is conducted by JSPS's selection committee based on the fie criteria listed below.
1. That the collaboration will contribute to adancing science in Japan and counterpart country.
2. That the collaboration can be expected to adance research in the subject field.
3. That the applicant （host researcher） and candidate hae established contact in adance and created a concrete research plan.
4. That a suitable space is prepared and facilities arranged at the host institution for the fellow to conduct research during his/her tenure.
5. That, as much as possible, preference is not gien to the candidate's nationality, host institution, or field of specialization. Consideration is gien to initing first-time fellows from a range of countries.
Note: For more information on the selection procedure, see JSPS homepage
（2）Notification of selection results
Notification of the selection results will be made in writing through the head of the applying institution in the following periods:
First recruitment: end of December 2004
Second recruitment: middle of August 2005
Acceptance documents will be sent to the successful candidates. The names of the awardees and host researchers as well as their research themes are subject to public disclosure.
Unsuccessful candidates are not directly notified of their selection results. Howeer, applicants （host researchers） may receie a notice of their approximate ranking among all the applications.
Applicants should indicate whether they wish to receie such a notice on their application form （form1）。
a） Non-selected applications will be ranked in the following three tiers. （For reference, the number of applications submitted and number of awardees will be noted.）
Non-selected A （upper tier）
Non-selected B （middle tier）
Non-selected C （lower tier）
b） All notifications will be made ia sealed letter.
Note: Indiidual requests for selection results are not accepted.
10. OBLIGATION OF THE FELLOW AND HOST RESEARCHER:
（1） So as to ensure the smooth progress of his/her research in Japan, before submitting an application, the host researcher shall ascertain the candidate's will and aim for doing research under the fellowship and the conditions needed for satisfying them in Japan.
（2） The host researcher will, in cooperation with the administration of the host institution, assist the fellow, when needed, with immigration processing, securing domicile and other matters related to his/her stay in Japan.
（3） The fellow will, as a rule, stay in Japan continuously during the tenure of his/her fellowship and concentrate on his/her research at the host institution.
（4） If the candidate plans to accept either full- or part-time employment in Japan or another fellowship during his/her tenure, this fellowship will not be granted.
（5） The fellow and his/her host researcher must submit a research report （using the prescribed forms） within one month of the completion of the fellowship tenure.
（1） When one applicant submits 2 or more applications, the order of their priority should be stated.
（2） When 2 or more applications are submitted for the same foreign candidate, JSPS will request the applicants to negotiate among themseles as to which will be alid. The other applications will be declined.
（3） Incomplete or otherwise flawed applications will be rejected.
（4） For further information on application guidelines and eligibility and for application forms, please see our website. Further application details can also be found in the Q&A section of our website.
ADDRESS: Oerseas Fellowship Diision,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
6, Ichiban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8471
NOTE ON THE FY 2004-2005 PROGRAM:
Two recruitments hae been made for the FY 2004-2005 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers Program. See the call for applications （February 2003 notice） on JSPS's website.
Host institution's application period for the second recruitment: 10-14 May 2004.