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JIRCAS Visiting Research Fellowship Program 2019
International Office   Friday, April 26, 2019



JIRCAS, through international collaborative research, aims to provide scientific solutions to various problems, particularly in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, confronting developing countries in various regions of the world. In line with this scheme, JIRCAS launched the JIRCAS Visiting Research Fellowship Program in 1992. Every year since then, JIRCAS has been inviting promising researchers from research organizations in developing countries to conduct research work under the supervision of JIRCAS researchers.

This fellowship program has three types, namely, ‘Tsukuba’, ‘Okinawa’ and ‘Project Site’. Under the ‘Tsukuba’ type, the fellowship research is carried out at the JIRCAS Headquarters in Tsukuba. Under the ‘Okinawa’ type, the fellowship research is carried out in Tropical Agricultural Research Front in Okinawa. Under the ‘Project Site’ type, the fellowship research is conducted at research institutes in developing countries where JIRCAS is currently implementing collaborative research projects.

Under the ‘Tsukuba’ type (5 slots) following five slots are available: 

  1. Functinal link between leaf NRA (nitragte reductase activity) and BNI-capacity in sorghum.
    Host Scientist: Dr. G. V. Subbarao
  2. Development of preparation techniques of fermented TMR with feed resources in Africa.
    Host Scientist: Dr. Y. Cai
  3. Identification and function analysis of genes controlling root development in soybean.
    Host Scientist: Dr. D. Xu
  4. Characterization of new soybean lines pyramided with resistance genes against Asian soybean rust disease.
    Host Scientist: Dr. N. Yamanaka
  5. Establishment of biological simultaneous enzyme production and saccharification (BSES) process using Herbivorax saccincola A7 and Clostridium thermocellum.
    Host Scientist: Dr. A. Kosugi

The fellowship covers a period of one year starting from October, 2019 to September 30, 2020.


  1. A round-trip airline ticket (economy class) (not available for dependents)
  2. Living allowance: JPY 7,700 per day (excluding housing allowance)
  3. Housing:
    1. Allowance: Based on regulations for government housing
    2. Facility: NINOMIYA House
      1-6-2 Ninomiya, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0051
  4. Insurance: Overseas travel accident insurance package for injury, sickness and damage (dependents not covered)


  1. Be a national of a developing country.
  2. Be currently employed in a research organization or university in the applicant’s home country where he/she is actively engaged in research relating to agriculture, forestry and fisheries. After the completion of the Fellowship, he/she must be willing to return to his/her country to continue to carry out research at the same research institute or university.
  3. Hold at least a Master’s degree in a field relating to socio-economics, natural sciences or technology.
  4. Should be able to work exclusively on the research theme being applied for
  5. Should be in good health.
  6. Have an adequate command of English and/or Japanese language.
  7. Should be endorsed by the authority of the institution where the applicant is employed or affiliated.
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