Outline of JSPS RONPAKU Program
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 countries of Asia and Africa or other specified countries 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 an advisor in Japan 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 advisors in Japan. The advisor in Japan 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.
All fields within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are included.
Application Procedure and Deadline
Prospective advisors in Japan will be required to use JSPS’s online application system to apply for the program. For detailed procedures, please refer to the online application system guide at http://www-shinsei.jsps.go.jp (in Japanese).
RONAPKU candidates are to prepare Forms 2 and 3 and send them to their prospective advisor in Japan. Then, the advisor is to fill out Form1 and submit it with all the other forms to JSPS through his/her university.
August 20, 2015 – August 26, 2015 (JSPS will accept applications through the advisors’ universities in Japan by August 26, 2015.)
a. The date stipulated above is the submission deadline for the advisor’s university in Japan.
b. Candidates must send their application documents to their prospective advisor in Japan well in advance of this deadline. (As some universities have their own deadline, candidates should consult their prospective advisor in Japan with regard to the time frame.)
Selection and Notification of Results
(1) Selection process Screening is conducted by JSPS’s selection committee based on the three criteria listed below.
(i) Based on their record of scientific results (e.g., publication of international journals, record of awards), candidates must be seen as “mature” researchers.
(ii) The candidate’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 candidate will obtain a PhD degree within a maximum of 3 years.
(iii) The advisor in Japan must be suitable for supervising the candidate’s research; sufficient advance communication must have been carried out between the advisor and the candidate; the research supervision plan must be well-prepared and specific.
Overseas Fellowship Division
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3263 2368, 9094