Matsumae International postdoctoral Felowship program funded by Matsumae International Foundation, Tokyo, Japan


Upon the concept of the founder of the Matsumae International Foundation (MIF), “Towards A Greater Understanding of Japan and a Lasting World Peace”, MIF has started the Research Fellowship Program in 1980.

“2020 Research Fellowship Program” has been officially released. The deadline of application is 17:00 on July 31st, 2019(Japan Standard Time).Fellowship Announcement (PDF)Download

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants of non-Japanese nationality; a Doctorate degree; must be 49 years old or under;  not have been in Japan previously; have firm positions and professions in their home nations; etc.
Host Institution In Japan:
Applicants are free to select host institutions (university research laboratories, national research institutions or the corresponding facilities of private industry)
Fellowship Details:
Stipend for research and stay, Insurance, Air transportation (a round-trip air ticket to/from Tokyo) and Lump sum on arrival
Period & Number of Fellowships:
For a period of from three to six months; the number of fellowships is about 20 persons each year.

For details, please download the following PDF file of “Fellowship Announcement.”

Q : I do not have a host institution in Japan at the time I apply for MIF program. Will MIF introduce a host institution to me?

A : An acceptance by a host institution in Japan is a must when applying for our program and the arrangement must be made by an applicant him/herself. MIF does not offer such a service as introducing a host institution to an applicant.

Q : I have already obtained an academic degree from a Japanese institution. Am I still be eligible to apply for the MIF program?

A : This program is available only for those who have no previous experiences in Japan. Thus, your case does not meet our eligibility requirement.

Q : I had been in Japan for a short period of time for attending a conference or for sightseeing. Am I still be eligible to apply for the MIF program?

A : Yes, you are eligible to apply for our program. Please make sure to state the length of previous stay(s) in Japan and purpose(s) in your application document.

Q : I am a student being a candidate for a master’s degree. Am I still be eligible to apply for the MIF program?

A : Our program is basically for professional scholars/researchers with PhD.s or with equivalent academic degrees. MIF encourages graduate school students to apply for our program once they become to be able to meet our eligibility requirements.

Q : Can I apply for the MIF program if the length of my research stay is only for two months?

A : Our program is offered for those whose length of research stay in Japan is between three and six months.

Q : Can I send my application documents via e-mail system?

A : No. All the application documents must be sent physically by post to the address below.

4-14-46, Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0043, JAPAN


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