Fellowships / Job Openings

Job opening for IDE-JETRO Research Fellows for JFY 2021
Area Studies / Development Studies

as of February 7, 2020

IDE-JETRO is not accepting applications for this program.

Job positions

  1. Research Fellows of area studies on specific developing countries/economies in social science disciplines
  2. Research Fellows of development studies (Trade and investment, technological innovation, environment and natural resources, urban economy, rural areas and agriculture, population, education and health, labor, fiscal and monetary policies, industrial organization, and other development-related issues).

Positions are offered as tenured, tenure-track, or other fixed-term contracts.

※Note: A tenure-track position is a three-year, fixed-term contract. The contract may be extended up to another two years. There will be annual reviews of tenure-track researchers. A tenure may be offered at the end of third year if all the reviews are favorable. A researcher receiving reviews with distinction may be offered a tenure at any review during the first three years.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or expected to receive a Ph.D. by March, 2021).
We accept applicants of any nationality.

How to apply

  1. Registration: All applicants must register online first.
  2. Documents: All applicants must provide the following by a postal or courier mail:
    *We do not accept the submission via e-mail.
    1. Curriculum vitae with a recent photograph (Download a template on our website)
    2. An essay explaining your motivation for applying for the position (either in English or Japanese, not exceeding one A4 size page)
    3. A list of your academic publications, including books, monographs, research papers, and other works in English and, if applicable, in Japanese
    4. One copy of the abstracts of major writings (up to three items)
    5. A letter of recommendation from a professor or senior researcher from your institute or any comparable institution *NB
    6. A copy of major writings (Ph.D. dissertation or major academic publication (book, book chapter, monograph, research paper, or refereed article in English or Japanese etc.) up to three items) *NB

*NB: Those who will have passed the first screening process will be required to send these two documents. We will notify the qualified applicants of the deadlines individually.

*Copies of diploma and certificates of Bachelor's, Master's and Doctor's degrees. (To be submitted after a job offer is made.)


Send all the materials to:

Recruitment, Research Personnel Division
Research Planning Department
3-2-2, Wakaba, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 261-8545 JAPAN

*On the envelope clearly print "Application documents: Area Studies" or "Application documents: Development studies" in red. Please note that application materials will not be returned.

Application period

February 7 to April 15, 2020 (All applications must be received by 17:00 (GMT+9), April 15)

Selection procedure

Selection based on submitted materials. Presentation sessions followed by interview(s) in English or Japanese
(scheduled in mid or late June, or mid July )

Starting date

From April 1, 2021.

Other terms and conditions of employment

  • Work hours: Discretionary working schedule system (deemed to work for 8 hours 35 minutes on each day of duty)
  • Holidays: Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, year-end and New Year holidays
  • Paid leaves: Annual, Summer, and other miscellaneous leaves specified by the law
  • Salary: Determined by age and work experiences as per IDE-JETRO policies
  • Social security: Eligible for National Health Insurance, National Unemployment Insurance, Workers’ compensation insurance, Employee’s Pension Plan, Corporate Pension Fund, a dormitory for single and family

Please send inquiries to:

IDE-JETRO, Recruitment, Research Personnel Division
Research Planning Department
Tel: 81-43-299-9528 / Fax: 81-43-299-9724

*Please note that we cannot answer questions about result of screening.


All documents submitted will be handled in accordance with the relevant laws and JETRO's rules for the protection of personal information and will be used for recruitment purposes only. The information will not be shared with any third party unless it infringes with the relevant laws. All the submitted documents will be demolished and will not be returned.