PhD Research Fellowship Program in Japan 2020

The Matsumae International Foundation Research Fellowship is now open for the 2020/2021 academic year.These fellowships are open to the applicants who are non-Japanese nationality holding a doctorate degree.


  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Fields: Natural Science, Engineering and Medicine
  • Benefits: Stipend for research and stay, Insurance, Air transportation (a round-trip air ticket to/from Tokyo) and Lump sum on arrival
  • Place of Study: Japan
  • Nationality: Non-Japanese nationality
  • Number of Scholarships: 20
  • Duration: Three to Six Months


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.

Applicants must also must possess enough abilities in Japanese or English languages.


  • Applicants should obtain the current issue of the Fellowship Announcement from MIF or download the announcement from the MIF’s website and print out the Application Form in PDF-format or MS Word file.
  • MIF cannot entertain requests for waivers of the eligibility requirements and other conditions, listed in the Fellowship Announcement, and will not accommodate such requests.
  • The application must be submitted from the applicant’s home country.
  • MIF accepts those submitted by post. Those applications submitted electronically or via facsimile will be unacceptable.
  • Application documents include:
    • Application Form
    • The Research Project
    • A reprint of the most significant publication by the applicant
    • Personal History (Curriculum Vitae)
    • A letter of recommendation by the applicant’s employer printed out on the home institution’s letterhead
    • Certified copies for all the academic certificates/diplomas (for Ph.D., MA/MS/MD, BA/BS) issued by the relevant institutions
    • A letter of invitation signed by the professor/scholar-in-charge at the host institution printed out on the host institution’s letterhead
  • All of the following documents should be in A4 size and be submitted all together in one package by postal mail. The documents are not to be bound into a book.
  • All documents must be type-written. Hand-written documents are not basically accepted unless the adequate reason is recognized by MIF. Documents must be written in English and in English only.


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