Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Japan
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: United Nations University (UNU)
  • Funded by: UNU and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • Tuition Type: Full tuition
  • Degree Program: Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Scholarship Amount: Airfare, maintenance allowance, etc
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 10 March, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

  • Airfare: Return flight ticket, guided by JSPS rules
  • Living Costs: Monthly maintenance of JPY 362,000
  • Additional Support: Initial allowance of JPY 200,000 plus comprehensive travel insurance

The financial figures for the awards may be revised by JSPS.

Please note that fellows who are already present in Japan or have obtained Japanese residency before the start of the fellowship will not receive the airfare or the settling-in allowance.

To facilitate collaborative research expenses, a research grant known as the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research is accessible. The host researcher is responsible for applying for these funds through their institution.


  • Applicants are required to have earned a doctoral degree by the time of the application submission (with degrees awarded no earlier than 2 April 2018, and accounting for any maternity/paternity leaves by deducting the time taken, using a conversion of 4 weeks per month), or they must be scheduled to obtain a doctoral degree prior to the commencement of the fellowship.
  • Eligible applicants must be nationals from countries maintaining diplomatic ties with Japan; this includes researchers from Palestine and Taiwan.
  • Individuals holding Japanese citizenship (even if they hold dual citizenship) or those who have permanent residency status in Japan are ineligible to apply. Additionally, those who have previously received a Standard or Pathway Fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan program cannot apply.

How to apply

Eligible candidates who are interested should complete the Application Form by the deadline of 10 March 2024, ensuring that they fill out the form in English.

It is important to secure a host researcher at a Japanese institution before submitting an application for the fellowship. Applicants are tasked with the responsibility of identifying and establishing an agreement with a potential host researcher; the UNU-IAS Fellowship Committee will not facilitate this process. Additionally, researchers from UNU-IAS are not permitted to serve as host researchers for applicants.

Additional Information

The United Nations University (UNU) provides Postdoctoral Fellowships aimed at young academics and policymakers, particularly from developing countries. These fellowships are designed to place fellows in a multidisciplinary environment that fosters advanced research and training activities. The fellowship program is tailored to align with the professional interests of the successful candidate and to support the research objectives of the thematic program they choose to engage with.

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