The aim of JSPS's RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Program is to provide tutorial and financial support to promising young researchers in Asia who wish to obtain their PhD degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without going through a doctoral course. Grantees under the program (RONPAKU Fellows) are given the opportunity to visit their Japanese advisor once a year to receive direct supervision at the Japanese university where they will submit their PhD thesis.
From FY2010, this program is offered to researchers in the following countries
ASIA (including Middle East countries)
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh*, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China*
, Georgia, India, Indonesia*
, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea*
, Kuwait, Kyrgyz, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia*
, Maldives, Mongolia*
, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines*
, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand*
, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam*
, and Yemen.
Algeria, Angora, Uganda, Egypt*
, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Cape Verde, Gabon, Cameroon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire, Comoro, Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Swaziland, Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Chad, Central African Republic, Tunisia, Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, Niger, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Benin, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius, Mauritania, Morocco, Libya, Rwanda and Lesotho* The ten countries marked with an asterisk（*）haveJSPS counterpart organizations that assist in applicant nomination and program implementation. Applicants whose home institution comes under one of these organizations submit a different set of forms than other applicants. Please refer to the Application Guidelines.
About 40 per year (up to 30 from Asian countries and up to 10 from African countries