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Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellowships for Biomedical and Behavioral Research in Japan

John E. Fogarty JSPS

Program Summary

This program is offered at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), in cooperation with the NIH’s Fogarty International Center (FIC), Division of International Training and Research and the NIH Office of Intramural Research. It is designed to support meritorious biomedical and behavioral research projects undertaken in NIH laboratories by young Japanese postdoctoral researchers who intend to hold research positions at Japanese universities or other academic institutions or public institutions in Japan in the future.


Each candidate for the Fellowship must:
1) Possess either the nationality, permanent resident or citizenship of the nominating country.
2) Hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within six years prior to April 2, 2006.
3) Have arranged in advance a research plan with his/her Japanese host.
1) Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship of 12 months or longer under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program or the STA Fellowship Program are not eligible.
2) Those who do not meet the nationality/citizenship requirement may apply for the program only if the competent nominating authorities agree to accept their applications. Such researchers may be nominated to JSPS so long as they do not reduce the number of nominees with eligible status.


1) A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
2) A monthly maintenance allowance of 392,000 yen
3) A settling-in allowance of 200,000 yen
4) An annual domestic research travel allowance of 58,500 yen


• May 31: Deadline for receipt of original applications to FIC (in both Japanese and English)

Application and for more information

Candidates should submit:
* An application form downloadable at
1) Application form (research data) written by each candidate (Format 2)
2) A letter of acceptance/invitation from the candidate’s prospective host researcher in Japan, stating that he/she accepts the candidate at his/her institution.
3) A letter of reference/recommendation from the candidate’s current or previous supervisor (not from his/her prospective host researcher in Japan).
4) A copy of the candidate’s doctoral degree certificate. If the degree has not yet been awarded, a letter is required from the candidate’s institution stating the date that he/she will officially receive the degree.
5) Supplementary documents (if necessary)
* All documents except degree certificate must be the original.
** All documents must be in either English or Japanese. When the original document is in another language, please be sure to attach an English translation (which does not to need be an official translation, but may be done by the host or candidate).

Program Contact:

JSPS Foreign Fellowship Office Division of International Training and Research
Fogarty International Center
National Institute of Health Building 31, Room B2C39
31 Center Drive - MSC 2220
Betheseda, MD 20892

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