BRIDGE Fellowship Application

** The 2017 Bridge application process is closed.  Watch this page for updates about 2018 application dates. **

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) provides opportunities for overseas researchers who have conducted research activities under JSPS International Fellowships for Research in Japan or other JSPS programs to come back to Japan to create, sustain and/ or strengthen research collaborations with Japanese colleagues. The objective is to build strong networks among researchers in Japan and other countries through a variety of activities. These include former JSPS fellows visiting their past host institutions in Japan, or coming to Japan to plan or implement joint research projects and seminars, to offer training or lectures for young researchers, or to prepare or attend scientific conferences and research meetings.

Researchers invited to Japan under this fellowship program are called “BRIDGE Fellows.” Based on applications by individual researchers, candidates are recommended to JSPS’s Head Office by JSPS alumni associations and JSPS overseas offices or the JSPS-designated official in the Japanese Embassy for countries without a JSPS overseas office. Hereinafter a JSPS overseas office or a JSPS-designated official in a Japanese Embassy will be commonly referred to as a “JSPS office,” and the alumni association and JSPS office as “alumni association/ JSPS office.”

BRIDGE Fellowship Overview

A BRIDGE Fellowship visit period can range from 14 to 45 consecutive days - please note that visits must take place during the following annual time period: July 1 through March 31.  The terms of a BRIDGE Fellowship award (subject to change) are:

For fellows:For hosts:
(1) A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
(2) Daily maintenance allowance of ¥15,000
(3) Domestic research travel allowance of ¥150,000
(4) Overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage
(1) Host’s cooperation allowance may be applied for in an amount of up to ¥150,000

BRIDGE Fellow Eligibility / Applicable Fields / Prior Awardees

Must be a researcher who has experienced research in Japan under a JSPS program.  All fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are included under this fellowship program. Please click here to view a list of BRIDGE Fellowship awardees history by year.

How to Apply for the BRIDGE Fellowship

Please see the Application Guidelines for complete details. Screening criteria for the selection are found here.

Application forms should be submitted by the applicant to the JSPS Washington Office by email.

JSPS Washington Office
Subject line: BRIDGE Fellowship
TEL: 202-659-8190 
EMAIL: us-alumni [at]

You will receive a confirmation of receipt for your application. If you did not receive a confirmation,
please contact the JSPS Washington Office.

Recruitment / Application Deadline

Recruitment begins mid-January; the deadline for BRIDGE Fellowship applications is late February each year.

Additional information about the BRIDGE Fellowship is available from the JSPS Tokyo website