Research Fellowships to Japan

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Every year the Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Fellowships to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers.
The candidates hold a doctorate or at least a Master’s degree and are eligible during the ten-year period following the successful completion of their PhD or MA. The European Fellowship holders pursue a period of research in Japan whereas the Japanese Fellows do their research at host institutions in Europe. The Fellowships are awarded for periods of three months to one year and are awarded to all disciplines.

Canon Fellows from Europe are free to choose their host institutes and hosts in Japan. The same freedom is given to Japanese Canon Fellows coming to Europe. Canon Foundation Research Fellowships may be applied for when an agreement on co-operation and on a research plan has been reached between the guest researcher and the proposed host institution.

The annual deadline for applications is September 15 2011 

The financial support for Research Fellows ranges from 22,500 Euros to 27,500 Euros per year and pro-rata for different periods. The Canon Foundation gives priority to those who plan to travel to Europe or Japan rather than prolong a current stay.

More information and application details


Short term research opportunities in Japan

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JSPS is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. JSPS plays a key role in the administration of various scientific and academic programmes, whilst expanding bilateral exchange between Japan and the United Kingdom.

The Short-Term Award provides the opportunity for pre and post doctoral UK researchers and European and North American researchers based in the UK to visit Japan for 1 to 12 months to undertake cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Institutions. The programme is designed to provide researchers with first-hand experience of the research and living environment in Japan.

Eligible research fields are not limited: computer, engineering, health, biological, life, natural and physical sciences, mathematics, humanities and social sciences etc.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 1 December, 2010 and successful applicants are asked to start their fellowship between May 2011 to the end of March 2012. Electronic versions of all the application materials are available on their website   

Further information contact the JSPS London Office on 020-7255-4660 or by e-mail to: short-termaward@jsps.org

Funded research in Japan summer programme

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Opportunities in Japan



Japan: Scholarships for short-term research  

 Fully-funded scholarships for short-term research in Japan are available to ten British postgraduate students under the JSPS Summer Programme. As well as allowing individual students to gain important research experience abroad, these scholarships could help establish your institution’s relationship with a Japanese partner.  

 About the programme  

Run by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in partnership with British Council Japan, it provides opportunities for young pre- and post-doctoral researchers 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. Awards include international travel and an allowance to cover room and board.  


Applicants must have UK nationality, citizenship, or permanent residence and be of graduate student status (MA or PhD) or recent PhD holders. Their research may be in any field.  

 Duration of programme  

15 June 2010 to 25 August 2010.  

 Deadline for applications  

15 January 2010 (postmarked).  

For details of eligibility and how to apply, visit:  


For enquiries, contact mailto:science@britishcouncil.or.jp