Matsumae International Foundation – Research Fellowship Program 2020


Matsumae International Foundation (MIF) invites applications for its Research Fellowship Program 2020. Applicants of non-Japanese nationality with a Doctorate degree are eligible to apply. Selected candidates will receive a Stipend for research and stay, Insurance, Air transportation (a round-trip air ticket to/from Tokyo) and Lump sum on arrival.The deadline of application is 17:00 on July 31st, 2019(Japan Standard Time).

About Matsumae International Foundation 

The Matsumae International Foundation (MIF) is a nongovernmental organization whose Fund is solely based on donations from many Japanese people who have responded with goodwill to Dr. Shigeyoshi MATSUMAE’s call.While many donations have been kindly offered by corporations and groups, most of the donors are individuals who are sympathetic with the Founder’s ideals, and maintain contributions to the Fund from their limited incomes.


Applicants of non-Japanese nationality who meet all of the following eligibility requirements are invited to submit the required application documents.

1. Applicants must obtain a Letter of Invitation from host institutions in Japan.

2. Applicants must hold a PH.D. (Doctorate) degree, or be recognized by MIF as possessing equivalent academic qualifications.

3. Applicants must be at the age of 49 years old or younger at the time when documents are submitted.

4. Applicants must have sufficient abilities in the English or Japanese languages.

5. Applicants should not have past or current experiences of staying in Japan. (Except for short-term stay. E.g. sightseeing, conferences)

6. Applicants should be in employment in their home countries, and must return to their countries upon completion of their MIF fellowship tenure.

Fields of research study

Fields of research such as natural science, engineering and medicine are considered with first priorities.

Period and number of fellowships 

Period : between 3 to 6 months, and commencing month and ending month between April 2020 and March 2021. (e.g. 5 months from June 2020 to October 2020)

Number : MIF plans to invite more or less 20 researchers/scholars.

Host institution in Japan 

Applicants are free to select host institutions (universities, national research institutions or the corresponding facilities in private sector) in which to carry out their research. However, applicants are reminded that they are obliged to obtain acceptance from such host institutions prior to submitting their applications. MIF is not in a position to give advice or recommendation to an applicant for a host institution in Japan.

Application procedure

Applicants should obtain the current issue of the Fellowship Announcement from MIF. Or download the announcement from the MIF’s website and print out the Application Form in PDF-format or MS Word file.

MIF cannot entertain requests for waivers of the eligibility requirements and other conditions, listed in the Fellowship Announcement, and will not accommodate such requests.

Application must be submitted from the applicant’s home country. MIF accepts those submitted by POST. Those applications submitted electronically or via facsimile will be unacceptable.

Applications must be received by MIF by 17:00 on July 31, 2019 (Japan Standard Time).

Application will not be accepted in any reason after the deadline date


All of the following documents should be in A4 size and be submitted all together in one package by postal mail. The documents are not to be bound into a book.

All documents must be type-written. Hand-written documents are not basically accepted unless adequate reason is recognized by MIF. Documents must be written in English and in English only.

MIF will not be responsible for any costs incurred for submitting an application, and reserves the right to request additional documents if necessary. All the documents received by MIF will become MIF’s property and will not be returned.

1.Application Form (Applicants should use the original Form provided by MIF. A self customized Form is not acceptable.)

The form consists of two pages. Applicant’s photograph, taken within the past three months, must be attached. Applicants should ensure that all the items in the Form, without any exception, is properly filled out in the designated spaces. Application Form must be signed by the applicant him/herself.

2.The Research Project Applicant should make the research project document which includes the detailed information on the purpose, methodology, content of the research, and the road map of the project. This research project must be made based upon discussions with the host professor/scholar and planned content must be consistent with the research facilities at the host institution.

3.A reprint of the most significant publication by the applicant

Please select one and only one publication. If not available in English, please attach an abstract/summary in English.

4. Personal History (Curriculum Vitae)

The CV should include the complete list of publications: when and where they were published, co-authors, number of pages, etc. Please indicate in red the title of publication on the list which is submitted as the item “#3”.

5. A letter of recommendation by the applicant’s employer, printed out on the home institution’s letter head

It should testify to academic ability and achievements, and confirming the availability of study leave during the fellowship period.

6. Certified copies for all the academic certificates/diplomas (for Ph.D., MA/MS/MD, BA/BS) issued by the relevant institutions

In case the documents are not available in English, please attach the English translation(s).

7.A letter of invitation signed by the professor/scholar-in-charge at the host institution, printed out on the host institution’s letter head

This letter should confirm the specific period of stay, the research project, the availability of research facilities/ equipment, and the arrangement of accommodation facility, under the MIF Fellowship Program. (A letter of invitation in the form of simple e-mail is not acceptable)

Please send the documents to the following mailing address
The Matsumae International Foundation
4-14-46, Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, 167-0043 JAPAN
Tel : + 81-3-3301-7600

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