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BRIDGE Fellowship 2016 - Closed

The BRIDGE Fellowship Program is targeted exclusively for regular members of officially established JSPS alumni associations who have conducted research activities in Japan under the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers or other JSPS programs. It gives alumni members an opportunity to create, sustain, and strengthen research collaborations with their Japanese colleagues. The Program's objective is to build strong networks among researchers in Japan and other countries through a variety of research activities..

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 and who is currently a regular member of an officially recognized JSPS alumni association. (Not an alumni member? Please join us!). All fields of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are included under this fellowship program. A history of prior BRIDGE Fellowship Awardees can be found here.

How to Apply for the BRIDGE Fellowship

Two forms (provided below) are required - "Form A" is completed by the applicant and "Form B" by the host. Note that the size and format of the forms should NOT be altered by applicants. See the Application Guidelines for complete details. Screening criteria for the selection are found here.

Application Forms:
Both forms should be submitted by the applicant to the JSPS Washington Office.

JSPS Washington Office
Attn: BRIDGE Fellowship
2001 L St., NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036
TEL: 202-659-8190 FAX: 202-659-8199
EMAIL: us-alumni [at] jspsusa.org

Recruitment / Application Deadline

Recruitment begins mid-January; the deadline for BRIDGE Fellowship applications is February 26th, 2016.

Additional information about the BRIDGE Fellowship is available from the JSPS Tokyo website. If you have any further questions, please contact the Chair of the U.S. Alumni BRIDGE Selection Committee.