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JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2020 [Japan]: Apply by Feb 21: Expired

JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2020About 

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.
  • Applicants with at least 10 months’ research and/or professional experience are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Those who have previously been awarded a Standard or Pathway Fellowship under the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan” are not eligible.

Research Areas

Under this programme fellows conduct research relevant to one or more of the main thematic focus areas of UNU-IAS: sustainable societies, natural capital & biodiversity, and global change & resilience.
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:

  • Governance for Sustainable Development
  • Water for Sustainable Development
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • International Satoyama Initiative


  • Interested and eligible candidates are invited to submit a completed Application Form and supporting documents to
  • The deadline for applications for the 2019 Fellowships is 21 February 2020.
  • Review of applications by the Fellowship Committee will begin immediately after the application deadline. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview and to provide reference letters.


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