Postdoctoral Fellowships Standard Program

This program provides opportunities for postdoctoral researchers from overseas to conduct, under the guidance of a host researcher, cooperative research with leading research groups in Japanese universities and other research institutions.

Fields of research

All fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are included under this program.


  • Be a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan

  • Hold a doctorate degree received within the past 6 years, or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the fellowship goes into effect.

  • Duration

    12-24 months

    What we offer

  • Round-trip air ticket
  • Monthly maintenance allowance: JPY 362,000
  • Settling-in allowance of JPY 200,000
  • Overseas travel insurance

  • How to apply

    There are two ways to apply


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    1. Application through nominating authority (Sweden, Finland, Norway and Estonia)
    Those with a citizenship or permanent residency in these countries can apply under special quotas.

    Swedish applications are submitted to JSPS Stockholm and nominated by KVA, SSF and VINNOVA.

    Applicants from Finland, Norway and Estonia submit their applications to Academy of Finland, Research Council of Norway and Estonian Research Council, respectively.

    FY2023 Call
    Finland (upcoming)
    Call opens
    25 August 2022

    Call closes
    28 September 2022 at 16.15 Finnish time

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    Estonia (coming soon)
    Sweden (coming soon)
    Norway (coming soon)

    FY2022 Call (closed)
    Call opens
    11 August 2021

    Call closes
    23 September 2021 at 16.15 Finnish time

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    Call opens
    15 September 2021

    Call closes
    7 March 2022

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    Where to submit your application:

    Please submit your application to JSPS Stockholm by email to .

    *Please write “Application for FY2022 (Standard)” in the subject line of your email.

    Call opens
    10 October 2021

    Call closes:

    3 January (Mon) 2022, 17:00 CET

    Fellowship starting date:

    1 August 2022 - 30 November 2022

    Call opens
    21 October 2021

    Call closes
    7 December 2021

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    2. Application through open recruitment (Others)
    Application is submitted by the applicant's host researcher in Japan directly to JSPS Tokyo.

    FY2023 application deadlines
    1st call: 2 September 2022
    2nd call: 2 May 2023

    For further information please visit JSPS Tokyo's webpage

    A comprehensive application schedule can be found here