JSPS US AA Seminar Program 2018 (2nd application call)

The JSPS Washington Office has announced the names of the next three awardees for the 2018 year JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program.  We offer our congratulations to:
  • Dr. Baofeng Feng, Professor of School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    Dr. Feng's research basically lies in the applied mathematics and computing mathematics. He is interested in (i) Continuous and discrete integrable systems; (ii) Nonlinear waves with applications; (iii) Scientific computing and numerical analysis and (iv) Nonlinear optics and optical fiber communications.

    This seminar, titled "Recent development in continuous and discrete integrable systems" will take place on November 30 and December 1, 2018, at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX, and among the speakers will be Dr. Yasuhiro Ohta, Kobe University, Japan.  Update:  The seminar Agenda is available now along with abstracts of the planned talks.

          Now available: final report on seminar organized by Dr. Feng
  • Dr. Raffi Takvor Khatchadourian, Assistant Professor
    City University of New York (CUNY) Hunter College

    Dr. Khatchadourian's research interests include techniques for automated software evolution, particularly those related to automated refactoring and source code recommendation systems, with the goal of easing the burden associated with correctly and efficiently evolving large and complex software. His interests also include software security, secure software engineering, programming languages, type theory, static and dynamic program analysis, information retrieval, and formal methods.

    This seminar, titled "New York Seminar on Programming Languages and Software Engineering" will take place on February 25, 2019, at City University of New York (CUNY) Hunter College, New York, NY, and among the speakers will be Dr. Shigeru Chiba, University of Tokyo, Japan.  The seminar agenda is available here.

    Now available: final report on seminar organized by Dr. Khatchadourian
  • Prof. Lawrence T. Scott, Adjunct Professor at UNR and Professor Emeritus at BC
    University of Nevada, Reno and Boston College

    Prof. Scott 's research interests focus on chemical syntheses of isomerically pure fullerenes; carbon nanotubes, nanocones, and nanobelts; geodesic molecular bowls; graphene nanoribbons; grossly warped graphene subunits; and other nonplanar carbon-rich compounds.

    This seminar, titled "Chemistry for New Solar Energy Materials" will take place on November 16, 2018, at the Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, and among the speakers will be Dr. Atsushi Wakamiya, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Japan.
      Seminar Program available here.
          Now available: final report on seminar organized by Dr. Scott

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 June 30, 2018.

Note that this is the 2nd application call for the FY2018 JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program and your proposed seminar should be held between October 2018 and February 2019.  

The application procedure is as follows:

First, please make sure to register as a US JSPS Alumni Association member before applying to this seminar program.   All applicants must first complete their member registration by June 30, 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 June 30, 2018.  Good luck!