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Scholarships for PhD programs, in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, in Japan

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is offering RONPAKU fellowships for international students from Asia (including Middle East countries) and Africa to pursue PhD degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course. Fellows are required to conduct their dissertation research under the joint supervision of a Japanese advisor and an advisor in their home country.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is an independent administrative institution in Japan, established for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities.

The aim of JSPS RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Program is to provide tutorial and financial support for promising researchers in Asia and Africa or other specified countries who wish to obtain their Ph.D. degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course.

Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing PhD degree at Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course.

Study Subject(s): All fields within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included.

Scholarship Award: Total funding provided to Japanese host university: Maximum of 3.6 million yen (Up to 1.2 million yen per fiscal year). The following expenses can be covered by the above funding:
-Travel expenses between Japan and RONPAKU fellow’s home country, and within Japan by the fellow and his/her Japanese advisors; expenses incurred in conducting research in Japan and fellow’s home country; and other expenses related to the fellow’s dissertation submission (based on Japanese host university’s regulations), etc.
Details: JSPS will contract the Japanese host universities, conclude a contract with them to commission the RONPAKU program operation, and provide them with funding of up to 1.2 million yen per fiscal year. RONPAKU fellows will receive travel expenses and other necessary expenses through the Japanese host universities based on its regulations. As this program is administered based on the annual budget for each Japanese fiscal year (from 1 April to 31 March), JSPS cannot carry over the remittance of any allowances or other payments to the following fiscal year.

Number of Awards: Approximately 20 scholarships are available.

Scholarship can be taken in Japan and the applicant’s home country

Eligibility: The candidate must be a researcher

  • Who has not obtained a PhD degree from a university
  • Who wishes to obtain a PhD degree from a Japanese university through the submission of a dissertation
  • Who has already achieved substantial research results and is likely through dissertation research under the program to successfully obtain a PhD degree, as well as is nominated by a home advisor and the president of his/her affiliated university/research institution.
  • Who has nationality in an applicable country (listed in section 3)
  • Who is employed full time at a university or research institution in his/her home country or will be appointed to such a position by April 1, 2018
  • Who is 45 years of age or younger as of April 1, 2018

Nationality: International students can apply

How to Apply: RONAPKU candidates are to prepare Forms 2 and 3 and send them to their prospective Japanese advisor. Then, the advisor is to fill out Form 1 and submit it with all the other forms to JSPS through his/her university. The steps to follow:
Step 1: Eligible researchers wishing to receive a RONPAKU fellowship must contact a prospective Japanese advisor and discuss applying for the program with him/her.
Step 2: RONPAKU candidates must fill in Form 2.
Step 3: RONPAKU candidates must have Form 3 filled out by their home institution. After completing Form 2, they are to submit the application package (Forms 2 and 3) to their prospective Japanese advisor. PDF files are accepted when sending Form 2 and Form 3.
Step 4: Japanese advisors submit Form 1 via their university to JSPS along with the package of documents received from the RONPAKU candidate. Concurrently they take the necessary steps for application submission using JSPS’s online application system.

Application Form 1

Application Form 2

Letter of recommendation

Application Deadline: August 21, 2017 – August 25, 2017 ((JSPS will accept applications through the advisors’ universities in Japan by August 25, 2017.) Notes: The date stipulated above is the submission deadline for the advisor’s university in Japan.or Candidates must send their application documents to their prospective advisor in Japan well in advance of this deadline. (As some universities have their own deadline, candidates
should consult their prospective advisor in Japan with regard to the time frame.)


Deadline: August 25, 2017

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