Program for Developing and Supporting the Next-Generation of Innovative Researchers at Hiroshima University

Support Details

  1. Next-Generation Fellow Support
    1. In order to support the Next-Generation Fellows and allow them to concentrate on their studies and/or research, stipends will be provided for up to three years (or four years for doctoral students of the 4-Year Ph.D. Programs) after their enrollment*. Based on the principle monthly amount of 150,000 yen, two months’ worth of payments will be provided in May, July, September, November, January, and March.
      *If a Next-Generation Fellow’s enrollment exceeds the standard study period, the support will be discontinued.
      However, if it becomes necessary for a Next-Generation Fellow to suspend or extend the period of support due to childbirth, childcare, illness, etc., the individual’s particular circumstances will be considered before a decision is made.
      Also, for those selected during a call undertaken to replace previously selected Next-Generation Fellows, their support period will be up until the end of the support period of the previous Next-Generation Fellow.
    2. The stipends amount may be reduced depending on the timing of when a Next-Generation Fellow is selected and/or withdrawn.
    3. The stipends are taxable as a miscellaneous income. Therefore, every Next-Generation Fellow is required to file an income tax return.
      Furthermore, if a student with dependents (parents, etc.) is provided with a Next-Generation Fellowship, they may need to be excluded from their dependents. Therefore, if a student is selected as a Next-Generation Fellow, they should inform their dependents (parents, etc.) that the stipends they receive will be treated as a miscellaneous income under the Japanese tax law. For the procedures required to change your health insurance or dependents, please contact the person in charge at the workplace of your dependents (parents, etc.).
    4. For a period of up to three years (or four years for doctoral students of the 4-Year Ph.D. Programs) after a Next-Generation Fellow’s enrollment, research funds of up to 400,000 yen per year will be funded from the academic year in which they have been selected as a Next-Generation Fellow.
      Furthermore, the Highest-Ranking Fellows and the High-Ranking Fellows will be selected according to the screening results, with the Highest-Ranking Fellows being provided research funds of up to 700,000 yen per year, and the High-Ranking Fellows being provided research funds of up to 600,000 yen per year. The selection of the Highest-Ranking Fellows and the High-Ranking Fellows will be reviewed annually based on the latest research results of all the Next-Generation Fellows, therefore, the same Fellows may not be selected as one of the Highest-Ranking Fellows or High-Ranking Fellows every year.
    5. For international students and others who are currently overseas and are provisionally selected for the Next-Generation Fellowship, as a general rule, the stipends and research funds will begin to be provided once the Fellow has entered Japan and is able to commute to the University campus (retroactive payments will not be provided for the period of non-entry).
  2. Next-Generation Fellow Obligations

    Next-Generation Fellows shall fulfil the following obligations to receive support:

    1. Develop a yearly research plan for each academic year and concentrate on research activities based on the plan.
    2. Participate in programs offered by the University related to improving research capabilities.
    3. Report the progress of research activities to the University regularly.
    4. Cooperate in various surveys, including follow-up surveys on careers after graduation.
  3. Next-Generation Fellow Cancellation

    If a Next-Generation Fellow falls under any of the following cases, the Next-Generation Fellow will be withdrawn, and the provision of stipends and research funds shall be discontinued:

    1. The Fellow’s annual income, from January to December, exceeds a certain amount (2.4 million yen or more per year). Note that this annual income refers to stable incomes, such as standard salaries/remunerations, and does not include income received from paid internships, RA/TA, part-time work, etc.
    2. The Fellow receives a Research Fellowship for Young Scientists from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for international students, or any other scholarship/s from their home country.
    3. The Fellow’s research plan progress and/or the fulfillment of the Next-Generation Fellow Obligations is deemed insufficient.
    4. The Fellow requests to cancel their Fellowship.
    5. The Fellow takes a leave of absence from the University. However, in the case of childbirth, childcare, illness, etc., the individual’s particular circumstances will be considered before a decision is made on the suspension and subsequent resumption of payments, and other such factors.
    6. The Fellow withdraws from, or is removed from the University.
    7. The Fellow does not meet the original eligibility requirements.
    8. The President of the University decides that there is a valid reason to cancel the Fellowship.
  4. Repayment of Excess Stipend Payments and Research Funds

    In the case where a Next-Generation Fellowship is cancelled, a Next-Generation Fellow must repay any amount of received stipends and/or spent research funds which is deemed to be excessive.

  5. Others
    1. As long as it does not interfere with a Fellow’s research activities, it is possible to receive a salary via a RA/TA position, etc., or work part-time.
    2. The names of those who are selected as Next-Generation Fellows will be published on the University’s website.
    3. Any personal information stated within the application documents, and any other necessary personal information provided by the graduate school to which an applicant belongs to, will be used only for the purposes of the selection of candidates, preparation for acceptance, education/research guidance, etc.