JSPS RONPAKU Fellowship Program, International PhD Students, 2014

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is  offering RONPAKU fellowships for international students from Asia  (including Middle East countries) and Africa to pursue PhD degrees from  Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without  matriculating a doctoral course. Approximately 30 fellowships are  awarded for maximum 3 years from 1 April 2014. Fellows are required to  conduct their dissertation research under the joint supervision of a Japanese  advisor and an advisor in their home country. The Japanese advisor may also  visit the RONPAKU fellow’s home university or research institution when deemed  necessary to supervise the fellow’s research together with his/her home  advisor.

Study Subject (s): All fields within the humanities, social  sciences and natural sciences are included. Course  Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing PhD  degree at Japanese universities. Scholarship Provider: The  Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Scholarship can be taken  at: Japan and the applicant’s home country

Eligibility: The candidate must be a researcher (1) Who has not  obtained a PhD degree from a university (2) Who wishes to obtain a PhD  degree from a Japanese university through the submission of a dissertation (3) Who has already achieved substantial research results and is likely through  dissertation research under the program to successfully obtain a PhD degree (4) Who is employed full time at a university or research institution in his/her  home country or will likely be appointed to such a position by April 1, 2014 (5) Who is 45 years of age or younger as of April 1, 2014.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Candidates must be a  researcher whose university/institution is in one of the following countries:  ASIA (including Middle East countries): Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan,  Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia,  Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyz, Laos,  Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the  Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan,  Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.  AFRICA: Algeria, Angora, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape  Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo,  Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial  Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya,  Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius,  Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe,  Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan,  Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Scholarship Description: The Japan Society for the Promotion of  Science (JSPS) has been carrying out the RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Program  since 1978. The aim of this program has been to provide tutorial and financial  support for promising researchers in Asia and Africa who wish to obtain their  PhD degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation  without matriculating a doctoral course. Grantees under the program (RONPAKU  fellows) are required to conduct their dissertation research under the joint  supervision of a Japanese advisor and an advisor in their home country, and are  expected to obtain their PhD degrees within a maximum period of three years.  RONPAKU fellows are allowed to visit a Japanese university to conduct research  under the direct supervision of their Japanese advisor. The Japanese advisor may  visit the RONPAKU fellow’s home university or research institution when deemed  necessary to supervise the fellow’s research together with his/her home  advisor.

Number of awards (s): Approximately 30 fellowships are  awarded.

Duration of award (s): Fellowships are offered for Maximum 3  years from 1 April 2014.

What does it cover? Total funding provided to Japanese  host university -Maximum of 3.6 million yen (Up to 1.2 million yen  per fiscal year). – The following expenses can be covered by the above  funding: Travel expenses between Japan and RONPAKU fellow’s home country, and  within Japan by the fellow and his/her Japanese advisors; expenses incurred in  conducting research in Japan and fellow’s home country; and other expenses  related to the fellow’s dissertation submission (based on Japanese host  university’s regulations), etc. – Each fiscal year, at least 70% of total  funding must be used for travel expenses. – JSPS will contract the Japanese  host universities, conclude a contract with them to commission the RONPAKU  program operation, and provide them with  funding of up to 1.2 million yen per fiscal year. RONPAKU fellows will  receive travel expenses and other necessary expenses through the Japanese host  universities based on its regulations. As this program is administered based on  the annual budget for each Japanese fiscal year (from 1 April to 31 March), JSPS  cannot carry over the remittance of any allowances or other payments to the following fiscal year.

Selection Criteria: Under JSPS’s RONPAKU Program, a two-step  procedure is used for selecting RONPAKU Fellows. Applications are first screened  through a document review. Taking into account these results, a category-based  panel review is held on the applications. Selection criteria for JSPS  review: -Based on their record of scientific results (e.g., publication of  international journals, record of awards), applicants must be seen as “mature”  researchers. -The applicant’s research proposal should be suited to pursuing  a PhD degree through submission of a dissertation without matriculating a  doctoral course. The feasibility should be very high that the applicant will  obtain a PhD degree within a maximum of 3 years. -The Japanese advisor must  be suitable for supervising the Fellow’s research; sufficient advance  communication must have been carried out between the advisor and the applicant;  the research supervision plan must be well-prepared and specific.

Notification: Notification of the selection results will be made  in writing through the head of the applying institution to RONPAKU candidates by  the end of January 2014. Regarding unsuccessful candidates, their Japanese  advisors will receive a notice of their approximate ranking among all the  applicants. Non-selected applicants will be ranked in the following three  tiers. Non-selected A (upper tier) Non-selected B (middle tier) Non-selected C (lower tier) All notifications will be made  via sealed letter.

How to Apply: RONAPKU candidates are to prepare Forms 2 and 3 and  send them to their prospective Japanese advisor. Then, the advisor is to fill  out Form 1 and submit it with all the other forms to JSPS through his/her  university. Step 1: Eligible researchers wishing to receive a RONPAKU  fellowship must contact a prospective Japanese advisor and discuss applying for  the program with him/her. Step 2: RONPAKU candidates must fill in Form  2. Step 3: A. RONPAKU candidates whose home institution come under the  jurisdiction of a JSPS nominating organization must contact that organization in  their home country (listed in the accompanying table) to be nominated to JSPS.  B. RONPAKU candidates whose home institution does NOT come under such  jurisdiction are not required to contact any nominating organization. Step  4: RONPAKU candidates must have a Form 3 filled out by their home institution.  After completing Form 2, they are to submit the application package (Forms 2 and  3) to their prospective Japanese advisor. PDF files are accepted when sending  Form 2 and Form 3. Step 5: Japanese advisors submit Form 1 via their  university to JSPS along with the package of documents received from the RONPAKU  candidate. Concurrently they take the necessary steps for application submission  using JSPS’s online application system.

Scholarship Application Deadline: August 1, 2013 – August 7, 2013  (JSPS will accept applications through the Japanese advisors’ universities by  August 7, 2013). The date stipulated above is the submission deadline for the  Japanese advisor’s university. Candidates must send their application documents  to their prospective Japanese advisor well in advance of this deadline. (As some  universities have their own deadline, candidates should consult their  prospective Japanese advisor with regard to the time frame.)

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

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