Published: 23 November 2017

Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Summer Programme

JSPS will award fellowships to 18 UK PhD/Mphil students to conduct research and experience culture in Japan for two months in 2018.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is an independent administrative institution, established by way of a national law for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. JSPS plays a pivotal role in the administration of a wide spectrum of Japan's scientific and academic programs. While working within the broad framework of government policies established to promote scientific advancement, JSPS carries out its programs in a manner flexible to the needs of the participating scientists.

JSPS provides a fellowship for young foreign researchers, namely the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan. This fellowship offers opportunities for such researchers to pursue collaborative research at Japanese universities and research institutes, thereby allowing them to advance their own research while promoting scientific progress in both Japan and their respective countries. 

“JSPS Summer Program” is implemented as a component of the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan. It provides opportunities for young researchers from North American and European countries to receive an orientation on Japanese culture and research systems and to pursue research under the guidance of host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutes over a period of two months during the summer.

For the 2018 Program, 18 fellowship places are available for UK nationals who are enrolled in PhD or M.Phil. programmes at UK universities at the time of application. 

The application period for the 2018 Summer Programme is now open. Full programme description and requirements can be found in the JSPS Summer Programme 2018 Guideline below.


Application Procedure:

  • Download the application below.
  • When you have completed your application form (signed), return it by email to
  • A letter of acceptance/invitation from your host researcher should be attached to your application, or your host researcher can send it directly to the British Council by post or email it to the address below.
  • A copy of the identity page of your UK passport should be attached to your application.

Closing date: Applications with all attachments should be e-mailed to the above email address by 15 January 2018, 11:59pm GMT 

Notification of Results: Each applicant should be notified by e-mail of his/her application result by early March 2018.

Enquiries: See the FAQ or please email us.

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