Open Application Program

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 2023, there are 4 deadlines to screen the application documents.
Schedule for FY2023 is as below. Please note that this schedule is subject to change, and the 3rd and 4th Application periods could be canceled due to budgetary or program managing reasons.

1stPeriod January 30th,
February 28th, 2023 Middle of April From the end of May, 2023
to March 15th, 2024
2ndPeriod March 1st, 2023 May 16th, 2023 Early of July From the middle of August, 2023
to March 15th, 2024
3rdPeriod May 17th, 2023 August 31st,
Middle of
From the end of November, 2023
to March 15th, 2024
4thPeriod September 1st, 2023 November 2nd,
Middle of December From the end of January, 2024
to March 15th, 2024

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.

Application Guidelines