2020 JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Deadline: February 21, 2020.

Jointly organized by the United Nations University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is designed to provide promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research in sustainability in co-operation with host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions.

Fellowships are awarded for a period of 24 months. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (received on or after 2 April 2014) when the fellowship begins, or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before the fellowship begins. Japanese nationals are not eligible, nor are those of dual nationality if one is Japanese. 

Research proposals for JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships should relate clearly to one of the specific research areas of UNU-IAS listed below. The proposed research must be policy-relevant and incorporate gender issues within the research agenda:


  • A PhD degree (no ABDs) in a related field, including but not limited to political science, sociology, economics, legal and other social sciences, civil engineering (including socio-economic modelling), and science, technology and innovation (STI)
  • Demonstrated research skills in similar areas
  • Ability to design and implement research involving fieldwork
  • Fluency in English is essential, and a working knowledge of other languages is desirable


  1. A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
  2. A monthly maintenance allowance of JPY362,000
  3. A settling-in allowance of JPY200,000 (based on JSPS regulations)
  4. Overseas travel, accident, and sickness insurance coverage, etc.

OFFICIAL LINK: https://ias.unu.edu/en/about/fellowships/jsps-unu-fellowship-programme.html#overview

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