The Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan were created to enable Japanese researchers to invite their foreign colleagues to Japan to participate in cooperative work and other academic activities. Researchers of all countries having diplomatic relations with Japan are eligible. Applications are submitted by inviting researchers who wish to host a foreign researchers in Japan.
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science conducts two programs (a short- and long-term program) under the Invitation Fellowship heading. Short-term programs (1460 days) and long-term programs (210 months). Funded by a subsidy from the Japanese government, these fellowship programs are to promote international cooperation in and mutual understanding through scientific research. The programs allow researchers employed at designated Japanese research institutions and laboratories to invite fellow researchers from other countries to Japan to participate in cooperative activities. They presuppose the existence of contacts between researchers in Japan and in other countries, a condition considered favorable to the promotion of future scientific cooperation and exchange.