JSPS Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Information for Hosts

Any academic at a university or non-university national research institution in Japan may act as host.

A major issue for the Humboldt Foundation was how to distinguish our selection of individuals from the project funding provided by other funding organisations; as a result, we have made some changes regarding applicants’ presentation of their research outline. The main focus of the assessment should therefore be on the applicant’s creative potential and the innovative idea. The guidelines for applicants specify the following requirements for the presentation of the research outline:

  • The current state of research should first be briefly described and be supported by through approximately five most relevant publications from the research area (one page max.).
  • The most important content is the clear description of the research questions to be examined, their originality and significance for the advancement of the research field (approx. 2 pages).
  • Furthermore, the academic methods to be used to achieve these goals should be clearly described and referenced, if necessary (approx. 2 pages).
  • The research outline should comprise approximately five pages in total (including references).
  • It must be clearly apparent from the assessment that the principal content has been independently developed by the applicant and agreed beforehand with the hosts. Content contributed by the host institute must be clearly identified by the applicant.

A research outline that has not been sufficiently agreed in terms of content or methodology will generally result in rejection of the application. Alongside their academic background, the quality of the key publications selected by the applicants and their future prospects, the originality of the research outline is an important aspect on which the independent expert reviewers and the selection committee will base their assessment of the application. It is therefore of particular importance that the research outline is independently drawn up by the applicant and not wholly or partially specified by you as the host.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation requests you to write a confidential statement (in English), which is very important both for the evaluation procedure and for the selection committee, and to provide a signed confirmation that research facilities can be made available.

The applicant should provide you with the documents required to prepare your statement (research outline, curriculum vitae, list of publications, publications and the names of expert reviewers). Please observe the list of questions for the host's statement and answer the questions in detail in the order given. Please sign the confirmation of research facilities, too. Please upload both documents to the application in a secure area. The applicant will send you the link to this area by email.

Please note that the applicant will only be able to submit his/her application as soon as the complete application documents including your statement and the signed confirmation of research facilities have been uploaded. We therefore recommend that you upload your documents as soon as possible to the application after having been informed by the applicant.

You can rest assured that your statement will be treated confidentially by the Humboldt Foundation administration and the selection committee.

In your role as academic host integrating the guest academic in your working group, you undertake to observe both the principles of scientific ethics and the regulations to prevent the transfer of armaments-related technology as well as to pay heed to the danger of any other illegal or undesirable transfer of knowledge. Furthermore, the Rules of Good Scientific Practice must be observed.