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JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2020

Deadline : February 21, 2020 .  

Jointly organized by the United Nations University and the 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.

The UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS, Tokyo) acts as the nominating authority for the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. This fellowship is aimed at candidates who have completed their doctorates in the past six years and also have professional and/or research experience.

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


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


Required qualifications:

  • A PhD degree (no ABDs) in a related field, including, but not limited to environmental/resource economics, economic policy, quantitative economics, or related field;
  • Ability to design, implement, and summarise desk work and field research;
  • Excellent command of English, both oral and written
  • Strong organisational skills and a team-player ethos


UNU will act as the nominating authority of the programme, and applications should be submitted to UNU-IAS. UNU-IAS nominates candidates to JSPS based on the following criteria:

  • the research objectives of the applicant and the quality of his/her research proposal,
  • the relevance of the research proposal to the ongoing or planned research activities of the applicant’s indicated research programme at UNU-IAS, and
  • the applicant’s academic merit and his/her potential for successful research while in Japan.

UNU intends to inform successful candidates of the results of the nomination in May 2020. JSPS takes up to 3 months after receiving the nominations to process its award decisions.

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