Japanese universities can be excellent bases for research in many fields
- Success rates on these fellowships are low but do not be put off; the application is not onerous and much will be handled by the host university.
- Japan-based researchers in fields that are less of a strategic priority in the country may be particularly welcoming of collaboration. Do not be afraid to reach out.
- Be prepared for difficulties liaising with your host university as many university administrators and staff will not speak English.
- The fellowship is often generous but be aware that it will be administered by the university and you are unlikely to be given much autonomy in managing your funds.
For postdoctoral researchers keen to gain experience working in Japan the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science’s (JSPS) postdoctoral fellowships are a lifeline.