JSPS US AA Seminar Program 2018 (1st application call)

The JSPS Washington Office has announced the names of the first awardee for the 2018 year JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program.  We offer our congratulations to:
  • Dr. Matthew J. Major, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

    Dr. Major's research interests include: 1) investigating the sensory-motor mechanisms that underlie postural control in individuals who have neuromuscular or musculoskeletal pathology and who use assistive devices; and 2) integrating mechanical characterization of prostheses and orthoses with numerical simulation and human subject testing to explore the fundamental relationships between device properties and user performance.

    This seminar, titled "Neuromechanics of Rehabilitation for Lower Limb Loss," will take place on 11 June 2018 at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, and among the speakers will be Dr. Hiroaki Hobara, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology from Tokyo, Japan.  A final seminar program will be forthcoming.
The full program is now available here: 

Also, be sure to look below at more information about this new Seminar Program.



The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Washington Office has created a new program for the members of the US JSPS Alumni Association to support academic seminars organized by Association members to promote the objectives of the Association.  This program, called the JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program, aims to fulfill the following three objectives:
  1. Foster and encourage the Association members to maintain and develop relationships with researchers in Japan.
  2. Organize events that enhance communication among the Association members and with researchers in Japan.
  3. Support other academic activities initiated by the Association members.
Targeted Research Fields

The applicable research fields supported by this new seminar program include any fields of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; however, it does not support subjects related to military affairs.


Eligibility for this seminar program is limited to applicants who meet the following conditions:
  • Be a regular member of the US JSPS Alumni Association.
  • Be a researcher affiliated with a research organization in the US.

Approximately four seminars will be supported in any given fiscal year and the amount of funding will be determined by review of the application, but each seminar will have a maximum funding level of $5,000 other than costs for a Japanese researcher. Further details about the terms of funding, the requirements for applications, selection criteria, and other information are found in the seminar program Application Guidelines document available here as a PDF file.

Application Procedure

Applications for the seminar program are now being accepted and all forms (see below) in addition to other requested support documents must be received by the JSPS Washington Office by February 23, 2018.

Note that this is the 1st application call for the FY2018 JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program and your proposed seminar should be held between May 2018 and September 2018.  A 2nd application call for seminars taking place in second half of the FY2018 will be opened in May 2018.

The application procedure is as follows:

First, please make sure to register as an US JSPS Alumni Association member before applying to this seminar program.   All applicants must first complete their member registration by February 23, 2018, in order to apply.

Next, the applicant must download, complete, and submit the following required documents:
  1. Application for JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program (Form A) (download) with two main parts:
    I) Applicant Information
    II) Outline of the Workshop/Seminar
  2. Proposed Budget Plan Requested from JSPS (Form B) (download)
  3. CV and publication list of the application (in any format)
  4. CV and publication list of the researcher from Japan (in any format)
Submission of your application must be made to the JSPS Washington Office (email address: us-alumni [at] jspsusa.org) with the above material sent as email attachments.  We ask that the documents used in your application be formatted to 'letter size' paper; furthermore, the size and format of the Form A document may NOT be altered by the applicant.

Please read the seminar program Application Guidelines document - available here as a PDF file - before submitting your application.  If you have any questions, please contact the JSPS Washington Office at us-alumni [at] jspsusa.org.

Again, the deadline for your application to the seminar program is February 23, 2018.  Good luck!