Internal competition for the international scholarship offered by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan’s largest funding agency, is offering the University of Ottawa a guaranteed placement in its postdoctoral fellowship program (also open to PhD candidates), to conduct research in Japan for 1 to 12 months. Candidates from all disciplines are eligible.

JSPS Short-term fellowship Information Sheet

  • JPY 362,000 per month (CAD 4,300) for holders of a PhD at the beginning of the fellowship
  • JPY 200,000 per month (CAD 2,300) for non‐holders of a PhD at the beginning of the fellowship
Fellowship period

The fellowship in Japan must begin between April 1st, 2019 and March 31, 2020. It can then last up to 12 months, regardless of beginning date.

Eligibility Criteria

One of two:

  • uOttawa postdoctoral researchers who obtained their PhD outside of Japan on or after April 2, 2012


  • uOttawa doctoral students scheduled to obtain their degree within two years of the fellowship’s beginning

And all three:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Or else, hold a Master’s or PhD degree obtained in Canada, and have since conducted research in Canada for at least three  years, and hold citizenship of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan
  • Have held no prior JSPS postdoctoral fellowship
  • Not be a citizen or permanent resident of Japan
Internal competition

Your application must include the following documents, written in English (JSPS requirement):

  • A research plan of one page, specifying the intended length of stay in Japan (for this competition, uOttawa encourages long stays)
  • A letter of recommendation from your PhD supervisor
  • A letter of acceptance from your host in Japan
  • A copy of your PhD degree diploma, or a letter stating the date when you expect to obtain it
  • Your curriculum vitæ.

Please send the above documents to Patrick Lalonde (, Coordinator for International, Postdoctoral and Professional Affairs, no later than January 11, 2019.


For any question, please contact:

Vincent Lacroix‐Cuerrier
Project Officer at the Office of International Research

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