Jointly organized by the United Nations University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is designed to provide promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS, Tokyo) and UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR, Tokyo), in co-operation with host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions. UNU acts as the nominating authority for the JSPS–UNU Programme.
This fellowship is aimed at candidates who have completed their PhD degrees in the past six years and also have professional and/or research experience. UNU will assist in securing acceptance from host researchers for short-listed candidates.
Fellowships are awarded for a period of 24 months. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (received on or after 2 April 2010) when the fellowship begins, or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before the fellowship begins. (Japanese nationals are not eligible.)
Terms of the Award
JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2016
Research proposals for JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships should relate clearly to one of the research areas of UNU-IAS or UNU-CPR listed below, and also aim to be policy-relevant.
The following research projects at UNU-IAS and UNU-CPR are accepting applications for JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellows:
The selected fellow in Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services Assessment will work at the forefront of applied research relevant to ecosystem assessments and governance in the area of biodiversity and ecosystem services. One focus of the project is sub-global and regional assessments undertaken by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). This includes accounting systems of natural capital and ecosystem services, synergies and tradeoff analysis across ecosystem services and scales, future scenario building, and policy and institutions designed to promote sustainable ecosystem governance such as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and green growth, especially in developing countries.
The selected fellow will work at the forefront of applied research relevant to Governance for Sustainable Development. One focus of the project is governance related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This includes implementation mechanisms and governance of the SDGs at national or regional levels, comparison of implementation, science–policy interface, interlinkages between the SDGs and other international agreements, and follow up and review of the SDGs. In terms of issues, our primary focus is on Goal 12 and its linkage with other relevant goals, but not limited to it.
The selected fellow will work at the forefront of applied research relevant to water issues for sustainable development in developing cities. The objectives of the project are to develop models and evidence-based policy tools which can be used elsewhere. Major research topics will be selected from the following:
The selected fellow will work at the forefront of applied research relevant to social and international aspects of Low Carbon Technology in the context of realizing a low carbon society. The primary focus of the project is technology transfer policy and institutions at the global level, including multilateral mechanisms and partnerships, as well as in OECD countries such as France, Germany, the UK and the US. The successful candidate is expected to have research interests aligned in this direction and contribute to the project. Familiarity with issues such as low carbon development pathways, international cooperation and policies in OECD countries, project implementation in developing countries, the UNFCCC process and the SDGs is an asset.
This research area explores the implications of the rise in organized crime and violent extremism for the UN’s conflict management efforts.
This research area explores the challenges the UN faces in better supporting its Member States to implement the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states.
Applicants must be citizens of countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan. Japanese nationals are not eligible. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree on or after 2 April 2010 (i.e., the degree must have been received within six years prior to 1 April 2016), when the fellowship begins or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before the fellowship begins.
Applicants with at least 10 months research and/or professional experience are especially encouraged to apply.
Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Overseas Researchers” (excluding Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Short-term) for North American and European Researchers and Summer Program) are not eligible.
Duration of the fellowship
Fellowships are awarded for a period of 24 months.
Nomination of candidates
UNU will act as the nominating authority of the programme, and applications should be submitted to UNU-IAS. UNU-IAS nominates candidates to the JSPS based on the following criteria:
UNU will try to inform successful candidates of the results of the nomination in June 2016. JSPS takes up to 3 months after receiving the nominations to process its award decisions.
Starting date and deadline for applications
The JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme begins on 1 September and the selected Fellows are required to be in Japan by this date. The deadline for applications for the 2016 Fellowships is 29 February 2016.
Interested and eligible candidates are invited to complete the online application form. If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, he or she should contact UNU-IAS. The online form and the required documents indicated in the form must be in English. If supporting documents are not in English, English translations must be attached.
Review of applications by the Fellowship Committee will begin immediately after the application deadline. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview and to provide reference letters.