Japan : JAXA International Top Young Fellowship

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Scholarship Description:

Japan : JAXA International Top Young Fellowship is open for . The scholarship allows level programm(s) in the field of taught at . The deadline of the scholarship is .

Japan : JAXA International Top Young Fellowship 2014

JAXA seeks for talented and motivated researchers who are willing to apply for the ITYF.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in natural science (by the end of May 2014), or equivalent or higher capabilities, and less than 8 years of postdoctoral experience.

Terms and Conditions

Duration of the Fellowship and commencement of research activity

  1. The contract period is basically three (3) years. The contract shall be renewed every fiscal year. Three years later, when renewing the contract, the period can be extended up to five (5) years from the time of commencement through review by the ITYF Steering Committee, depending on funding and progress.

  2. Commencement of the research activity (start of contract): February 1, 2015.

Note: The starting date is negotiable

Terms of the Fellowship

  1. Style: Fixed term Employee (International Top Young Fellow).

  2. Salary: The monthly salary is 791,000 JPY before tax deduction (equivalent to an annual salary of 94,920 USD at the exchange rate of 100 JPY /USD ).
    Note: In order to support the recovery efforts of the Great East Japan Earthquake, a small salary reduction is temporarily applied to all employees of government-oriented agencies. This also applies to the ITYF, and a salary reduction of 6.79% is planned until March 2015. (Due to this reduction, present monthly salary is 737,000 JPY before tax deduction)

  3. Research Fund: 2,500,000 JPY (25,000 USD at the above exchange rate). Including support for travel and research expenses, are prepared per fiscal year. Fellows may also apply for competitive research funds (e.g. JSPS’s Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research).

  4. Place of appointment: JAXA Sagamihara Campus (ISAS).

  5. Allowance: Housing and commutation allowances are provided, if fellows meet certain requirements according to JAXA’s rule.

  6. Working days: Monday-Friday, except Japanese national holidays, year-end and new year (December 29th - January 3rd).

  7. Paid leave: Annual leave, child-care leave and maternity leave, etc.

  8. Others: Employment insurance, health insurance, employees' pension insurance, workers’ compensation insurance will be provided.

Note: The conditions are subject to change according to JAXA regulations as well as applicable Japanese laws and regulations, and availability of the JAXA budget.

Application Procedure


Please apply from the online application below.

Documents to be submitted

Applicants must submit a set of the following documents to JAXA.

  1. Curriculum vitae.

  2. List of research achievements, including published papers and other publications, etc.

  3. Outline of applicant’s previous research, and future research plan.

  4. Applicant’s three(3) major research papers.

  5. Three(3) letters of reference.

  6. Application form (when you send directly to the address below)
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Note: The letters of reference must be sent by email directly from your referees' accounts to [email protected]. Please inform us of the names of your referees in your email message when you send the application documents.

Application documents can be sent to the address below by registered mail or international courier service. If so, please state “Enc. Application documents for JAXA International Top Young Fellowship” in red ink on the front of the envelope. Application documents will not be returned.

JAXA International Top Young Fellowship Steering Committee
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Chuo-ku, Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa 252-5210, JAPAN

Number of positions

A few

Application deadline

May 30 , 2014
All applications including letters of reference must be received by the due date.

Selection of Fellowships

Submitted documents will be reviewed by the JAXA International Top Young Fellowship Steering Committee. Selected candidates will be invited for a seminar presentation at ISAS/JAXA in Japan. (At JAXA’s expense).

Note: The travel and accommodation expenses that occurs in order to be interviewed will be covered by JAXA.


  • Mid-July : Announcement of paper screening result by e-mail

  • End of August : Seminar presentation

  • Mid-September : Announcement of Successful Applicants

General inquiries

E-mail : [email protected]
JAXA International Top Young Fellowship Steering Committee
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Degree Level:

Japan : JAXA International Top Young Fellowship is available to undertake level programs at .

Available Subjects:

Following subject are available to study under this scholarship program.


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