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Matsumae MIF Research Fellowship in Japan for All, 2024-2025
Thursday, May 30, 2024

Matsumae MIF Research Fellowship in Japan for All, 2024-2025

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 LEVEL : Research
 FUNDING : Fully Funded
 OPEN TO : All
 PLACE : Japan
STATUS : 31 Days left

Upon the concept of the founder of the Matsumae International Foundation (MIF), “Towards A Greater Understanding of Japan and a Lasting World Peace”, MIF has started the research Fellowship Program in 1980. The 2024 Matsumae MIF Research Fellowship Program is open for applicants from all parts of the world for a research stay (3 to 6 months) in Japan.

The fellowship grant is restricted to the period indicated in a grant letter. Extension/reduction of the granted period is not allowed. The invitation by MIF is limited only to a successful applicant specified in the grant letter. MIF does neither concern successful applicant’s family/dependents nor provide any assistance (visa, flight arrangements, etc.) for them.

Program Details

  • Host Institutions: Applicants are free to select host institutions (universities, national research institutions, or the corresponding facilities in the private sector) in which to carry out their research in Japan. However, applicants are reminded that they are obliged to obtain acceptance from such host institutions prior to submitting their applications.
  • Fields of Study: Fields of research such as natural science, engineering, and medicine are considered with first priorities.
  • Number of Awards: Around 15.
  • Duration: 3 to 6 months within the period between April 2025 to March 2026.
  • Target Group: Open for all nationalities (Except Japanese).

Matsumae MIF Research Fellowship Benefits

Matsumae Fellowship is a fully funded program that will provide selected applicants with the following benefits:

  • Monthly Allowance : A monthly allowance of JPY 220,000 is provided to cover expenses for research activities (including materials) and living expenses in Japan.
  • Arrival Fund : JPY 120,000 is provided to cover part of the initial costs of living in Japan.
  • Round-trip Air Transportation : Round-trip economy class airfare is provided between the nearest international airport from a grantee’s domicile and Tokyo, Japan.
  • Insurance : Overseas travel insurance with medical treatment and death benefit is provided.
  • Study Tour : The MIF invites fellowship recipients to participate in a study tour during their fellowship to deepen their knowledge of Japan.

Matsumae MIF Research Fellowship Eligibility

Applicants of non-Japanese nationality who meet all the following eligibility requirements are invited to apply for the Matsumae MIF Research Fellowship. Applicants must:

  1. obtain a Letter of Invitation from a host institution in Japan prior to application.
  2. hold a PhD (Doctorate) degree, or be recognized by MIF as possessing equivalent academic qualifications.
  3. be at the age of 45 years old or younger at the time of application (The birth year must be in / after
  4. have sufficient abilities in the English or Japanese languages.
  5. should not have past or current experiences of staying in Japan. (Except for short-term stays such as for sightseeing or conferences)
  6. should have an occupation in their home countries, return there upon completing their fellowship tenure,
    and contribute to the development of their own country.

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How to Apply for the Matsumae MIF Research Fellowship

Eligible applicants who would like to apply for the research opportunity in Japan must fill out the Application Form, prepare all required documents and submit them all together by email to [email protected].

Required Documents

  1. Application Form. Please click here to download the form in MS Word file;
  2. Reason for Application : Please download the Reason for Application form (Word) and explain “why you are applying for the MIF research fellowship program” in around 500 words.
  3. The Research Project. You must submit a research plan containing the following:
    1. The content, purpose, and methodology of the research
    2. The road map of the research project
    3. The benefit the research project will bring to your home country
    4. and (b) should be described in detail based on discussions with your host professor/scholar in Japan.
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV) and List of Publications: Regarding the list of publications, please precisely include the authors and titles of the publications, as well as the name of the journal, page(s), and year of publication in the list. Please also clearly highlight in yellow the title of the publication related to the research project that you intended to conduct in Japan;
  5. Recommendation Letter: It must be from your current home institution (employer) and written on its letterhead. It should testify to your academic ability and achievements and confirm the availability of study leave during your fellowship period;
  6. Soft copies of Academic Certificates/Diplomas for Ph.D., Master’s, and Bachelor’s Degrees. If these documents are not available in English, please attach the English translations (Self-translations are not acceptable);
  7. Invitation Letter:
    • Invitation Letter must be from and signed by your host professor/scholar in Japan.
    • The letter must show whether they agree to your fellowship period and the research project, grant use of facilities, and arrange your accommodations during the fellowship.
    • A letter that is not written on the letterhead of the host institution and not signed by the host scholar will not be accepted.


  • The documents above must be submitted as PDFs to the MIF via email.
  • All documents must be typed in English.
  • Inadequate documents will not be accepted.
  • The following will be automatically rejected without notice.
    • Emails over 10 MB in size.
    • Emails with attachments with file extensions other than “pdf”.
    • Emails with attachments in any compressed format such as “zip” or “rar.”
    • Emails including any program files or downloadable links.

The results will be announced on the MIF website in December 2024 and MIF will send a grant letter to successful applicants.

Applications must be received by MIF at latest (Japan Standard Time). For more information about the Matsumae MIF Research Fellowship, please visit the official page. To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. C’est une passion de poursuivre mes études à l’étranger pour que je puisse devenir un grand technicien

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