OU Fellowship

Applications for FY2024 OU Fellowship
 We are planning to start accepting applications for the FY2024 in September 2023. For details, please refer to the application-related materials to be released in mid-August.
 Applications were accepted for Type A and Type B until FY2023, but from FY2024, applications will be accepted together as the “OU Fellowship”.
OU Fellowship Application (Advanced Notice)
【Attached Document】Top Priority Research Fields of Okayama University

 In February 2021, Okayama University established the “Okayama University Fellowship for Science and Technology Innovation” (OU Fellowship), which was adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the “the establishment of university fellowships towards the creation of science technology innovation“.
 The purpose of the OU Fellowship is to foster young researchers who will promote research in priority research fields at Okayama University, and to produce researchers who will play a leading role in the creation of science, technology, and innovation in Japan.
 In September 2021, Okayama University was selected by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) as a recipient of the “Support for Pioneering Research Initiated by the Next Generation” (SPRING) program and newly established the “OU Fellowship (Type B)”.
 As a result, the existing OU Fellowship will be implemented as the “OU Fellowship (Type A)”.
 Okayama University will formulate a university-wide strategy for the OU Fellowship and implement the following in concert with the entire university.
・To secure excellent human resources who will advance from master’s course to doctor’s course.
・Improvement of the treatment of doctoral students who will be responsible for the future creation of science, technology, and innovation in Japan
・Support career paths for doctoral students

Support in the Fellowship

■Support equivalent to living expenses:
Annual amount of 1,800,000 yen per year (150,000 yen per month)
■Research grant:
Type A: 600,000 yen per year 
Type B: 400,000 yen per year
■Research grant (special category) for Type B:
Average 200,000 yen per year (maximum 700,000 yen)
*Research grant (special category) will be allocated only for Type B.
*The amount of allocation will be determined based on the research plan, etc. submitted after the adoption.
Providing a variety of initiatives to improve research capabilities and support career paths

Eligibility for support, etc.

 Eligible applicants are those who are enrolled in doctor’s courses at Okayama University. For details, please refer to the call information.
 Those who fall under the following categories are not eligible.

【Those who are not eligible】
(1) Students who have stable income that is sufficient to live on*
(2) Research Fellows (Young Scientists) of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
(3) Students from abroad receiving support through the Japanese Gvernment (MEXT) Scholarship and scholarships from their own countries
* “Stable income that is sufficient to live on” here means 2,400,000 yen/year.

FY2021 Call Information (Not available at present)

Fellowship Recipients Breakdown

  1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year 5th year total
Type A 9 10 10 1 0 30
Type B 8 10 9 2 1 30

As of April 1, 2023

 Koumoto/Kawaguchi/Kanemoto, Research Support Office
 Email : ou-fellowship[at]  Please replace [at] with “@”.
 Tel : 086-251-8462