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The British Council, together with its partners in Japan, supports exchange between young researchers from the UK and other countries. We are able to introduce a variety of funding to promote exchange through activities such as short-term visits and networking conferences.

Funding available through the British Council

Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Summer Programme

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is an independent administrative institution, established by way of a national law for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. JSPS plays a pivotal role in the administration of a wide spectrum of Japan's scientific and academic programmes. While working within the broad framework of government policies established to promote scientific advancement, JSPS carries out its programmes in a manner flexible to the needs of the participating scientists.

JSPS provides a fellowship for young foreign researchers, namely the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan. This fellowship offers opportunities for such researchers to pursue collaborative research at Japanese universities and research institutes, thereby allowing them to advance their own research while promoting scientific progress in both Japan and their respective countries. 

“JSPS Summer Programme” is implemented as a component of the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Japan. It provides opportunities for young researchers from North American and European countries to receive an orientation on Japanese culture and research systems and to pursue research under the guidance of host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutes over a period of two months during the summer.

For the 2020 Programme, 23 fellowship places are available for UK nationals who are enrolled in PhD or M.Phil. programmes at UK universities at the time of application. 

The application period for the 2020 Summer Programme has now closed. Full programme description and requirements can be found in the JSPS Summer Programme 2020 Guideline below.

for UK Candidates

Application Procedure:

  • Download the application and the appendix below.
  • When you have completed your application form and the appendix (both signed), send those by email to
  • A letter of acceptance/invitation from your host researcher should be attached to your application, or your host researcher can send it directly to the British Council by post or email it to the address below.
  • A copy of the identity page of your UK passport should be attached to your application.

Closing date:
Applications with all attachments should be e-mailed to the above email address by 15 January 2020, 11:59pm GMT

Notification of Results:
Each applicant should be notified by e-mail of his/her application result by early March 2020.

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