JSPS US AA Seminar Program 2020 (1st application call)

The JSPS Washington Office has announced the awardees from the 1st application call of the 2020 year JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program. We offer our congratulations to the following AA members:

  • Dr. Barry Philip Rosen, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology, Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

  • Dr. Zhiqiang (John) Zhai, Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder

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



The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Washington Office provides a 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 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 21, 2020.

Note that this is the 1st application call for the FY2020 JSPS US Alumni Association Seminar Program and your proposed seminar should be held between June 2020 and September 2020.  

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 21, 2020, 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 applicant (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: seminar [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 seminar [at] jspsusa.org.

Again, the deadline for your application to the seminar program is February 21, 2020.  Good luck!