UNOFFICIAL guidelines for JSPS DC fellowship application in English
(by Koichi Hamaguchi.
Last updated: 2021 May.)
As for the JSPS DC fellowship, there is currently no English version of the Application Guidelines or Application Forms. This is extremely inconvenient for international students who don't speak Japanese.
Here, I present some information in English.
Note that the information here is NOT an official one by JSPS.
See also the following web pages. (Check if the formats are the latest ones.)
I think JSPS should officially prepare English versions of the Application Guidelines and the Application Forms for the JSPS DC fellowship.
Hopefully, in the near future, this unofficial page will become unnecessary.
(Note: The information on this page is for JSPS DC fellowship (for doctor students); for JSPS PD fellowship (postdoc), there are official web pages in English. See, e.g.,
1. Overview and Eligibility
First of all, check the overview of the JSPS DC fellowship and the eligibility on
(Note that some of the information there may not be updated. )
Tenure: 3 years for DC1, and 2 years for DC2. From April to March.
Monthly stipend: 200,000 JPY.
Research grant: up to 1,500,000 JPY / year.
Eligibility: If you are in the first (second or third) year of the doctoral course at the starting date of the fellowship, i.e., April in the next year, apply for DC1 (DC2).
This Q&A page by JSPS may also be helpful.
Application documents should be submitted electronically through
(in Japanese), and you need a login ID and password.
You can receive the login ID and password
through your university/institution. Ask your supervisor and colleagues how to receive the ID and password.
Check the deadline. Note that the internal deadlines vary by university or institute. Ask your supervisor and colleagues.
In addition, ask your supervisor to prepare the evaluation document (see below).
3. Applicaiton documents
There are three parts: (1) The applicant's information, (2) the application file (the main part), and (3) the evaluation document (to be submitted by your supervisor).
(1) The applicant's information.
Probably it is very difficult for international students (who don't speak Japanese) to fill the form by themselves. Ask your supervisor or colleagues what to fill in each item.
This part should be filled out through this page. The form is in Japanese only.
An example output can be found
here (for FY2022, by JSPS).
An unofficial translation is provided on
the OIST page. See the item "Application information (online input items)". Check the version.
(2) The application file. This is the main part.
There are three formats (all in Japanese).
Although the form is written in Japanese, the contents (the parts the applicant fills in) can be written in English. It is explicitly written in the official application guideline that the language should be Japanese or English. ("使用言語:日本語又は英語" in page 3.) (But this guideline document itself is written in Japanese! How can one find this information in the middle of the complicated guideline document written in Japanese...)
- Word file for FY2022 (from here).
- pdf file for FY2022 (from here)
A LaTeX format is also available from the KAKENHI LaTeX page (in Japanse). This LaTeX version is not prepared by JSPS but is accepted. It is convenient for those who usually write papers in LaTeX. Ask your supervisor or colleagues which file to download and how to use it.
I made an unofficial English translation of the form (for FY2022) with the help of DeepL and the KAKENHI LaTeX. Note that the translation may not be accurate. (Please let me know if you find a typo, mistake, grammatical errors, etc.) Do NOT use this version for submission.
(3) The evaluation document. This part should be submitted by your supervisor. Once you give the information of your supervisor through this page, an email is sent to your supervisor so that she/he can fill out the form, I think.
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