Funding Schemes

This page is a knowledge base for scholarships, fellowships and grants, with links to the pages with the relative deadlines.


Vulcanus Fellowships: this is a EU-Japan scheme for students enrolled in EU universities to intern in Japanese research groups and companies.


JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships: The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is a leading funding agency of higher education research and its postdoc fellowship a preferred method fo foreign researchers to work in Japan.

JSPS Guidelines on Application and Deadlines: at this page, specific information on the deadlines of the various JSPS schemes can be found in English.

EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions for Japan: the famous European funding scheme provides special actions for Japan-EU projects.

RIKEN Special Postdoctoral Researcher: RIKEN is Japanā€™s national lab. It supports Japanese and foreign postdoctoral researchers with a generous fellowship.

MINERVA Fellowship Programme: the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation proposes a 6 month in-house fellowship scheme in Japan, designed to support its research and policy analysis of EU-Japan economic and industrial issues.

CANON Foundation Fellowships: annually, the Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Fellowships to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers. European Fellows are expected to pursue a period of research in Japan whereas Japanese Fellows are expected to do their research in Europe.

JILPT Foreign Researcher Invitation Program: this program aims to contribute to Japanese labor policies by inviting foreign researchers to Japan in order to develop a network with foreign researchers and research institutes on common labor issues and to promote mutual exchange and utilization of research results.


KAKENHI Grants: these Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research are competitive funds that are intended to develop scientific research in Japan.

Suntory Foundation Research Grants: five research grant programs aimed at contributing to the advancement of scholarship and culture in Japan and around the world. Applications are accepted from people of all nationalities, institutions, and places of residence, but application information and forms are provided only in Japanese and applications must be submitted in Japanese.

Mitsubishi Foundation Research Grants: established with an endowment from the Mitsubishi group of enterprises to commemorate the centennial of Mitsubishi, to enhance science, education, culture and welfare in Japan by awarding grants for activities related to academic research and social welfare. Applicants should be residents of Japan and have fixed research bases in Japan.