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 PhD degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course.
University or Organization: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Department: NA Course Level: PhD degree (Maximum of 3 years from 1 April 2022) Award:Maximum of 3.6 million yen (Up to 1.2 million yen per fiscal year) Access Mode: Online Number of Awards: 9 The program can be taken in Japan and the applicant’s home country Application Deadline: 16-20 August 2021
(JSPS accepts applications received via the advisors’ universities in Japan no later than 20
Eligible Countries: ASIA (including the Middle East) Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Vietnam, and Yemen) AFRICA (Algeria, Angora, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Cabo Verde, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) EUROPE (specified countries) NIS countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan JSPS treats Palestine in this manner.) Please note that countries which are considered to have sufficiently developed systems for conferring degrees are exempted from this list of applicable countries. Specifically, applicable countries are limited to countries and regions that are recipients of official development assistance (ODA) from the Japanese Government.
Eligibility of Advisor in Japan: The candidate’s advisor in Japan must be a full-time professor or associate professor who, as of 1 April 2022, is engaged in implementing a doctoral course at the Japanese university to which the prospective RONPAKU fellow will submit his/her PhD thesis.
Eligible Courses and Subjects: All fields within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included.
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, and who are 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 1 April 2022
Who is 45 years of age or younger as of 1 April 2022
How to 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.
Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.
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 advisors in Japan; 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 enter into a contract with the Japanese host university to commission the RONPAKU program operation and will provide it with funding of up to 1.2 million yen per fiscal year. RONPAKU fellows will receive travel expenses and other necessary funds through the Japanese host university based on its regulations. 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. Notes: These terms are subject to change.
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