JSPS RONPAKU Fellowship Program for International PhD Students, Japan

Sunday, July 7, 2013
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.

Each applicant for the Program must be a researcher who
  • belongs to a university or research institute in the above-listed countries
  • already holds a full-time position as a researcher in a university or research institution in his/her home country or will likely be appointed to such a position by 1 April of the starting year of the fellowship
  • is 45 years of age or younger as of 1 April of the starting year of the fellowship(~ JFY2011, under age 50). Further eligibility requirements for this program are provided in the Application Guidelines.

Further eligibility requirements for this program are provided in the Application Guidelines.

Number of Fellowships
About 30 per year

JSPS Support
  • Total funding provided to Japanese host university
    Maximum of 3.6million yen (Up to 1.2million 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.
    http://www.jsps.go.jp/img/common/kome.gifEach fiscal year, at least 70% of total funding must be used for travel expenses.
  • 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 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.

For more information on JSPS’s financial support, please see the Application Guidelines.


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