Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Australian Academy of Science: Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in asasocation with the Australian Academy of Science provides fellowships for Australian postdoctoral researchers to conduct cooperative research with leading research groups in Japanese universities and other institutions.

Applications open

13 Sep 2019

Applications closed

1 Dec 2019

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

$60,000 - $125,000

Applicable study areas

Agriculture, animal studies, food science and veterinary science; Engineering; Environment and natural resources; Medicine, dentistry, health and welfare; Sciences and mathematics

Number of scholarships awarded


  • "The Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship allowed me to undertake marine ecological research at Tohoku University. In addition to several successful research projects, this challenging and rewarding experience gave me an expanded international network, and enabled the continuation of my career as a marine scientist."
    Read Dr Jacqui Pocklington's story
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Be an Australian citizen, or Australian permanent resident, living in Australia at the time of application. Persons of Japanese nationality, dual nationality where one is Japanese, or researchers who have permanent residency in Japan are not eligible to apply.
    • Hold a doctorate degree which must have been received on or after 2 April 2014, or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the fellowship goes into effect.

    If a doctorate degree has not been awarded at the time of application, the PhD thesis needs to have been awarded and a letter is required from the candidate’s institute stating the date that they will officially receive the degree. MD (medical doctor) holders without a PhD are ineligible.

    Successful candidates must start the fellowship in Japan between 1 April 2020 and 30 November 2020. For further information see the Australian Academy of Science website.

    Selection criteria

    Applications are invited from suitably qualified researchers in any field of the physical sciences, life sciences, engineering technology and medicine. Preference will be given to applicants in the following research subfields:

    Strongly desirable research subfields -

    • materials engineering / biology / clinical medicine / industrial biotechnology / environmental biotechnology

    Desirable research subfields -

    • agriculture / forestry / fisheries / veterinary science
  • Application process

    Applications are submitted online. The Australian Academy of Science will assess and rank the applications and provide the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science with a nomination list of recommended applicants.

    For further information contact grants@science.org.au or visit the Australian Academy of Science website.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    It is expected that the Academy will be able to notify applicants of its nominations in early 2020.

  • Variations of this award

    In addition to the “Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowships”, the Australian Academy of Science offers further research and travel funding including:

    - "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award", with a value of $5,500.
    - "The Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award", with a value of $20,000.
    - "The Margaret Middleton Fund for endangered Australian native vertebrate animals", with a value of $15,000.
    - "The Thomas Davies Research Grant for Marine, Soil and Plant Biology, with a value of $25,000.
    - "Mike Smith Student Prize for History of Australian Science or Australian Environmental History", with a value of $3,000.
    - "The WH Gladstones Population and Environment Fund", with a value of $12,000 per annum.

What are the benefits?

  • A monthly maintenance allowance of ¥362,000.
  • A settling-in allowance of ¥200,000.
  • A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations).
  • Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage.
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