The JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

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The JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

UNU and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) jointly offers the JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme at UNU-IAS (Institute of Advanced Studies) and UNU-ISP (Institute for Sustainability and Peace) in Japan. The field of research are the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Applicants must be citizens of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. Candidate must hold the doctoral degree and have at least 10 months research and/or professional experience. The duration of fellowship is one year. The award covers airfare , monthly allowance, medical insurance. Selection is based on academic merit and the quality of the research proposal. The successful candidate is notified in May 2013. The last date for applying is 28th February 2013.
 
Study Subject(s):
UNU conducts research on all fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Yet, research proposals for JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships should relate clearly to one of the current research areas of UNU-IAS and UNU-ISP as well as aim to be policy-relevant.
The following Research Programmes and Projects at UNU-IAS in Yokohama are accepting applications for JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellows:
-Science and Technology for Sustainable Societies
-Sustainable Urban Futures
-Biodiplomacy Initiative
-Sustainable Development Governance
-Traditional Knowledge Initiative
The following Research Programmes at UNU-ISP in Tokyo are accepting applications for JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellows:
-International Cooperation and Development
-Global Change and Sustainability
-Peace and Security
Course Level: This scholarship is for pursuing Postdoctoral level.
Scholarship Provider: UNU and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Scholarship can be taken at: Japan
 
Eligibility: Citizens of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. Japanese nationals are not eligible.
-Holders of a doctoral degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received on or after 2 April 2007, or those scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the Fellowship goes into effect.
-Applicants with at least 10 months research and/or professional experience are especially encouraged to apply.
-Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers” (excluding Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Short-term) for North American and European Researchers and Summer Program) are not eligible.
 
Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: The international students can apply for this scholarship. (Citizens of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. Japanese nationals are not eligible.)

Scholarship Description: The JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme was launched in 2002 and is jointly organised by UNU and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). It is designed to provide promising, highly qualified, young researchers the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus of UNU-IAS (Institute of Advanced Studies), located in Yokohama, or UNU-ISP (Institute for Sustainability and Peace), located in Tokyo, and in co-operation with their host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions. UNU acts as the nominating authority for the JSPS-UNU Programme, and UNU-IAS administers the programme on behalf of UNU in the nominating process.
 
Number of awards offered: Not Known
 
Duration of award(s): Fellowships are awarded for a period of 24 months.
 
What does it cover? A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations), A monthly maintenance allowance of JPY362,000 A settling-in allowance of JPY200,000, Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage, etc.
 
Selection Criteria: UNU will act as a nominating authority of the Programme, and application should be submitted to UNU-IAS. UNU-IAS nominates candidates to the JSPS based on the following criteria: (i) the research objectives of the applicant and the quality of the research proposal, (ii) the relevance of the research proposal to the ongoing or planned research activities of the applicant’s indicated Research Programme at UNU-IAS or UNU-ISP, and (iii) the applicant’s academic merit and the potential for successful research while in Japan.
 
Notification: UNU will try to inform the successful candidates of the results of the nomination in May 2013.
 
How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.Interested and eligible candidates are invited to complete the online-application form. If they do not have access to the Internet, please contact us. The online form and the required documents indicated in the form must be in English. If the supporting document is in another language, please also attach an English translation.
 
Deadline: The deadline for applications for the 2013 Fellowships is 28th February 2013.

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