The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) invites researchers from colleges, universities and research institutions in the Philippines to apply for a scholarship grant to obtain their Ph.D. degrees in Japan through the 2013 RONPAKU (Dissertation, Ph.D.) Program being offered by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
The JSPS RONPAKU (Dissertation, Ph.D.) Program provides tutorial and financial support to promising researchers in Asia and Africa, who wish to get their Ph.D. degrees from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without matriculating a doctoral course. Eligible fields include humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. This is being offered to Filipinos in accordance with the mutual agreement between the DOST and JSPS for international scientific collaboration signed on 23 March 2004.
To qualify, Filipino applicants must be a researcher: 1) who has not obtained a PhD degree from a university; 2) who wishes to obtain a Ph.D. degree from a Japanese university through the submission of a dissertation; 3) has already achieved substantial research results in his/her field, and is likely through dissertation research under the Program that he/she will successfully obtain a Ph.D. degree; 4) is employed full time in a university or research institution in the Philippines, or will likely be appointed to such position by 01 April 2013; 5) is 45 years old or younger as of 01 April 2013; and 6) is recommended by the DOST.
Grantees, called RONPAKU fellows, will be required to conduct their dissertation research in Japan. They are allowed to visit Japan and are expected to complete their Ph.D. degrees within a maximum period of THREE (3) years. The research will be conducted under the supervision of a Japanese advisor, who when deemed necessary, visits the Philippines to supervise the fellow’s research, together with their home (Filipino) advisors. In searching for a prospective Japanese advisor, DOST and JSPS are not in the position to introduce prospective Japanese advisors to applicants. The applicant should use his/her faculty’s or organization’s international network, academic societies or other means to find a prospective Japanese advisor. The applicant should work closely with his/her prospective Japanese advisor and know the deadline of his/her prospective university in submitting RONPAKU applications to JSPS in Japan.
Inquiries can be made thru telephone numbers (02) 837-2940 or 837-2071 local 2030. For more information on the JSPS RONPAKU Program, please visit the JSPS website at http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-ronpaku/index.html Application forms are available for download below. (DOST-JSPS Secretariat)