JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2020

Deadline: 21 February 2020
Open to: applicants  fluent in English and hold a a PhD degree
Benefits: a generous monthly allowance of EUR 3,000, and a settling-in allowance of EUR 1,650, air-travel expenses with insurance are also covered


Jointly organized by the United Nations University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 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 JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Program begins on 1 September and the selected Fellows are required to be in Japan by this date.

This fellowship is aimed at candidates who have completed their doctorates in the past six years and also have professional and/or research experience. Fellowships are awarded for a period of 24 months. 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


All applicants must be fluent in English and hold a Ph.D. degree (no ABDs) in the related fields specified by each research project. Applicants are also required to demonstrate research skills in similar areas of their chosen research project.

The different rules for eligibility will vary depending on one of the four specific topics that were mentioned above.
Please see the different qualification rules for more information on the additional specific requirements for each topic on their official website.


  1. A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations);
  2. A monthly maintenance allowance of EUR 3,000;
  3. A settling-in allowance of EUR 1,650 (based on JSPS regulations);
  4. Overseas travel, accident, and sickness insurance coverage, etc.

How to Apply?

The completed application and all required documents must be in English and sent to fellowships@unu.edu.

For more information, please visit the official website.