Scholarships and Awards

External Award: Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Japan

October 25, 2018

NSERC is offering postdoctoral fellowship opportunities in Japan. The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowship includes airfare and a monthly allowance (~$4,000) for one to two years

Do you have a PhD in natural sciences or engineering? Do you have connections to a potential research supervisor in Japan?

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has established the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers. A limited number of promising early-career researchers are given the opportunity to conduct research in Japanese universities and in designated research institutions and laboratories. NSERC is responsible for recommending Canadian nominees for JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships.

NSERC is acting on the evidence that equity, diversity and inclusion strengthen the scientific and engineering communities and the quality, social relevance and impact of research. Increasing diversity and gender equity in the research enterprise are key priorities in our strategic plan, NSERC 2020, and are highlighted in the strategic goal of “Building a Diversified and Competitive Research Base”.


To be considered eligible for support, as of the application deadline date, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen of a permanent resident of Canada;
  • not have Japanese nationality or be a permanent resident of Japan;
  • hold or expect to hold a doctorate degree in one of the fields of research that NSERC supports prior to the proposed start date of the postdoctoral fellowship;
  • not hold, or have held, any other JSPS Postdoctoral fellowship.

In addition:

  • You must have completed all requirements of your first doctoral degree no more than six years before the application deadline.

How to apply

Interested students and fellows should contact to obtain the application form and instructions.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Secure Submissions for NSERC’s Innovative Collaborations and Science Promotion Programs site. Documents must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF) as a single document.


The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019. If more than 7 applications are received, eligible applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, visit the NSERC website and see the poster below:

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