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International Fellowship Programs For Foreign Researchers Japanese

The 45th Anniversary of Philippine
Fellowship Program with Selection
Committee Members and Philippine
medical doctor or research fellows
(Manila, December, 2016)

The Foundation has two kinds of Fellowship Programs that give opportunities for advanced bioscience research works and medical trainings to medical doctors and researchers from various countries by having them attend leading institutions in Japan.

The Takeda Science Foundation provides international medical/pharmaceutical researchers with opportunities to conduct research in Japan. From among the candidates recommended by local screening committees in the seven designated countries of Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam, scholarship recipients are decided following the prescribed screening process and approval by the Chairman of the Foundation.

In addition to candidates from those seven countries, researchers from other countries whose applications have been filed by Japanese researchers, and who are recommended by the screening committee, receive scholarships upon approval by Chairman of the Foundation.

Each year, the number of international researchers to receive support is decided following approval by the Board of Trustees. Scholarships will be awarded to 61 researchers in total, 51 from the seven designated countries and 10 from other countries.

The expertise of eligible researchers covers a broad range of fields, from basic medicine to clinical medicine. Between 1963, the year of the Foundation’s establishment, and the end of March, 2021, scholarships have been offered to a total of 1,743 researchers.


Chairman's speech at the 20th Anniversary of Vietnam Fellowship Program
(Hanoi, March, 2018)

The 50th Anniversary of Taiwan Fellowship Program with Selection Committee Members and Taiwan medical doctor or research fellows
(Taipei, September, 2014)


Application requirements of fellowship programs

Applicable Field Healthcare related fields such as medicine and pharmaceutical sciences.
Content We provide Foreign Researchers and Medical Doctors with grants for research or clinical training in Japanese universities, research institutes or hospitals.
Candidates Grant (I):
Foreign Researchers and Medical Doctors from Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, China, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Grant (II):
Foreign Researchers (PhD) and Medical Doctors (MD) of nationalities other than the seven countries listed above. Research area should be medical or bioscience field. Doctors who are staying in Japan at the time of application or have stayed in Japan for 1 year or longer in total are not applicable. In addition, graduate students are ineligible.
※Combination with other grants such as the grant from JSPS which is higher than 200,000 yen/month is not allowed.
Offer method Public
Application method Grant (I):
Applicants undergo screening by the selection committee in their respective home countries and submit the prescribed documents to the foundation, via the secretariat of the selection committee.
Grant (II):
A Japanese researcher (a mentor doctor) who wishes to invite a Foreign Researcher or a Medical Doctor shall complete the application procedures and submit the prescribed documents about the invited researcher or medical doctor to the foundation.
Grant period

Grant (I):
Three (3), six (6), twelve (12) or twenty-four (24) months, depending on the nature of the research and clinical training.

Grant (II):
Six (6) to twenty-four (24) months for research and three (3) to twelve (12) months for clinical training.

Selection of Foreign Researcher Grant (I):
Foreign Researcher shall be selected through the prescribed screening process, recommended by their home country’s selection committee and subjected to the approval of the chairman of the foundation.
Grant (II):
Foreign Researcher shall be selected through the prescribed screening process and subjected to the approval of the chairman of the foundation.
Number of Grant recipients Grant (I): Fifty-one (51) persons.
Grant (II): Ten (10) persons.
Grant details •Maintenance Allowance: 250,000 yen/month. Rent subsidy (max 50,000 yen/month) is available in the case that the average monthly rent exceeds 50,000 yen.
•Airfare: A round-trip air ticket.
•10,000 yen each for domestic transportation expenses on arrival and departure or pick-up service at airport and 10,000 yen for domestic transportation expense on departure.
• Overseas travel insurance during fellowship term.
• Aid for expenses to start research or clinical training: Actual cost max 100,000 yen.

Accepting Application for Fellowship
Grant (II) in FY2022

Application acceptance period: April 1 – July 20, 2021 (strictly)

A Japanese researcher who wishes Fellowship Grant (II) to invite a Foreign Researcher shall send us a mail by using "Contact Us".


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