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Japan: researcher mobility, seminars


Applications for mobility grants for research at universities and research institutes in Japan as well as for joint Finnish-Japanese seminars are invited each year in September. The Academy of Finland has funded researcher mobility with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) since 1988. The cooperation with the JSPS covers all scientific disciplines except for medical research.

Grants by the Academy of Finland

  • awarded for researchers with a PhD for research at Japanese universities or research institutes
  • duration 7–360 days
  • covers living costs and round trip from place of residence in Finland to destination in Japan; see Calculation of grants for researcher mobility (from Finland)
  • researchers must take out health insurance for the grant period

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • awarded for researchers with a PhD
  • doctoral degree must have been obtained no more than six years before 1 April 2018
  • grant duration 12–24 months, start date 1 April–30 November 2018
  • costs of accompanying family members (spouse and underage dependants) can be covered, provided that the researcher and his/her family members stay abroad for at least six months; the (round trip) travel costs of family members are entered under Cost estimate; the names and ages of the family members as well as their relation to the applicant must be listed at the end of the CV (e.g. Anna, age 5, daughter)

Appendices to application:

  • JSPS application form (Form 2); appended to the application under Research plan for mobility application; do not append any other research plans
  • invitation by Japanese host institution (university or research institute)
  • reference letter signed by the applicant’s present or previous supervisor (not by the prospective Japanese host)
  • copy of applicant’s doctoral degree certificate; if the degree has not yet been obtained, the applicant must append a letter by the director of the institute indicating the date when the applicant will officially receive the degree certificate

All documents must be prepared in English or Japanese. If the original document is not in English, an English translation of the document must be appended to the application (translation by host or applicant accepted).

Applicants must take out health insurance for the grant period.

The Academy of Finland will screen out the applicants and select one candidate for JSPS. We will contact the candidate in January 2018 to help the applicant submit a full application. The candidate must commit to leaving no later than in January, because the Academy can only propose one researcher as a recipient of the JSPS Fellowship, and there is no reserve list.

The full application (JSPS form, all 6 pages) must be delivered to the Academy Registrar’s Office in two copies. All documents must be original copies (excluding the degree certificate).

JSPS will then either approve or reject the Academy’s candidate.

The JSPS Fellowship grant covers the following costs:

  • round-trip from place of residence in Finland to destination in Japan
  • monthly grant JPY 362,000 (about EUR 2,610)
  • settling-in allowance JPY 200,000 (about EUR 1,442)

Participating in joint seminars in Japan

The Academy of Finland grants funding for seminars to support Finnish researchers’ collaborative initiatives with Japanese researchers.

Finnish researchers can apply for personal grants to cover costs related to participation in Finnish-Japanese seminars to be organised in Japan. In previous years, on average, the funding has amounted to 2,700 euros per participant.

The grants can be applied for to cover travel and living costs. The grants do not cover seminar participation fees. In the Academy’s online services, select the call Mobility from Finland. Under Project title, clearly indicate that it is a Finnish-Japanese joint seminar.

NB! The JSPS deadline for Japanese applicants applying for funding to organise Finnish-Japanese seminars is 6 September 2017.

The Academy and the JSPS have agreed to fund no more than two joint seminars in Finland or Japan.

The seminar dates must fall between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Appendices to application:

  • updated CV (appended under Personal data/CV in the online services)
  • list of publications
  • research plan, briefly describing the research and including a preliminary seminar programme; applicants must also explain how the seminar ties in with the research and give an account of their role in the seminar (invited speaker, other speaker, participant)

Organising joint seminars in Finland

Heads of Finnish research teams can apply for funding to cover reasonable costs of organising Finnish-Japanese joint seminars in Finland. In previous years, on average, the funding has amounted to 10,000 euros per seminar.

In the Academy’s online services, select the call Mobility to Finland. Under Project title, clearly indicate that it is a Finnish-Japanese joint seminar.

NB! The JSPS deadline for Japanese applicants applying for funding to participate in joint seminars organised by Finnish researchers is 6 September 2017.

The Academy and the JSPS have agreed to fund no more than two joint seminars in Finland or Japan.

The seminar dates must fall between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Appendices to application:

  • updated CV (appended under Personal data/CV in the online services)
  • list of publications
  • research plan, briefly describing the research and including a preliminary seminar programme; applicants must also explain how the seminar ties in with the research and specify a budget (e.g. rents, coffee serving, printing and mailing)

Contacts

  • Ulla Ellmén, Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 011
  • Kristiina Helansuo, Coordinator, tel. +358 295 335 022

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