Scholarships & funding opportunities

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Summer Programme 2020

The JSPS Summer Programme provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for 2 months during the summer.

  • Number of scholarships 23 fellowship places are available for UK nationals
  • Value Return airfare, maintenance allowance, research support allowance.
  • Opens 25 October 2019
  • Deadline 15 January 2020
  • Help with Living costs, Travel costs, Internship, work placement or project costs
  • Duration 9 June to 19 August 2020


Applicants to the JSPS Summer Programme must be a UK national, and must be enrolled in a PhD or Mphil programme at a UK university at the time of the application. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible.

Applicants must receive acceptance in advance from their host researcher in Japan, and must aspire to become a researcher in the future.

Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under JSPS Fellowship Programmes are not eligible.

All fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, physical and engineering sciences are included under this programme. The candidate must either be majoring or conducting research in a related field.

Further Information

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.

The JSPS Summer Programme 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 2020.

Value of award

Return international airfare, maintenance allowance (534,000 JPY), research support allowance (up to 158,500 JPY) and overseas travel and accident insurance policy are provided.

Details of financial support subject to change. Please download the JSPS Summer Programme Guideline 2020 document from the British Council Japan website for more information on the value of award and other further information. 

Previous JSPS Summer Programme Fellows

Reports written by former UK JSPS Summer Programme Fellows about their experiences of this programme can be found on the JSPS London website.


How to apply

Application Procedure:

  • Download the application form and the appendix from the British Council Japan website
  • 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.
  • A copy of the identity page of your UK passport should be attached to your application.

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

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