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

    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.

    Applications are submitted to JSPS Stockholm and nominated by KVA, SSF and VINNOVA

  • Call: one per year announced around October

  • Application deadline: around January

  • Fellowship starting period: August to November

  • Finland
    Applications are submitted to Academy of Finland

    Applications are submitted to Research Council of Norway


    Applications are submitted to Estonian Research Council

    Applications FY2022 (closed)
    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.

    Application deadline:

    3 January (Mon) 2022, 17:00 CET

    Fellowship starting date:

    1 August 2022 - 30 November 2022

    Call opens
    11 August 2021

    Application deadline
    23 September 2021 at 16.15 Finnish time

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    Call opens
    21 October 2021

    Application deadline
    7 December 2021

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    Call opens
    15 September 2021

    Application deadline
    7 March 2022

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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.

  • Calls: 2 per year

  • Application deadlines: September and May

  • For further information please visit JSPS Tokyo's webpage

    A comprehensive application schedule can be found here