Open Application Program

Proposals for Open Application Program are still accepted. However, due to the spread of Covid-19 and the policy of Japanese government, JST has not been implementing invitation programs.

Sakura Science Exchange Program invites aspiring youth for a short period of time and promotes the exchange in the field of science and technology.

Individual application cannot be accepted. Overseas and Japanese organizations jointly plan the program, and the Japanese organization sends applications to JST within the designated period.

Application Calendar

During the Application period in fiscal year 2021, there are 3 deadlines to screen the application documents.
Schedule for FY2021 is as below. Please note that this schedule is subject to change, and the 3rd Application period could be canceled due to budgetary or program managing reasons.

  Start Acceptance Application Deadline Result Notification Program Implication
1st Period May 17th, 2021 June 30th, 2021 In the end of August From the end of September to March 15th, 2022
2nd Period July 1st, 2021 August 31st, 2021 In the middle of October From the middle of November to March 15th, 2022
3rd Period September 1st, 2021 November 5th, 2021 In the middle of December From the end of January 2022 to March 15th, 2022

Eligibility Criteria for the program

1. Countries or regions for invitation

Basically, all countries and regions are eligible for invitation.

2. Requirements for invitees

The invitee must meet the following requirements when coming to Japan.

(1) Affiliation / Age
(i) High school students, Technical college students
(ii) University students, Graduate students, Postdoctoral fellows, Faculty members, and persons who are engaged in work related to science and technology at public institutions and are below 40 years old.
(2) Experience of staying Japan
In principal, invitation by Sakura Science Exchange Program must be the first stay Japan for the invitee.
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