Dissertation PhD. (RONPAKU) Program

The aim of the RONPAKU (Dissertation PhD) Programme is to provide tutorial and financial support for researchers in Asia, Africa and other areas who wish to obtain their PhDs from Japanese universities through the submission of a dissertation without enrolling in a doctoral course. This programme is implemented in cooperation with JSPS’s overseas nominating organization, the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt.
This program as of 2017 is offered to researchers in the following countries:

ASIA (including Middle East countries)
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Vietnam and Yemen

Algeria, Angora, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

EUROPE (specified countries)
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

JSPS also treats Palestine in this manner.

※)Please note that the countries that are considered to have sufficiently developed the systems for conferring of degrees are exempted from the list of the applicable countries from the FY 2018 recruitment onwards. More specifically, the applicable countries are limited to the countries and regions which are the official development assistance recipients from the Japanese Government. Therefore, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Qatar, South Korea, Kuwait, Singapore, Bahrain, Brunei and Taiwan, which had been regarded correspondingly as the subject country, are not eligible.


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(A) Number of Egyptian RONPAKU Fellows since FY2010
Adopted YearApplicationsNewly-Selected FellowsFellows Contributed from the Previous YearTotal
H22 (FY2010)511
H23 (FY2011)7213
H24 (FY2012) 2022
H25 (FY2013)0011
H26 (FY2014)2011
H27 (FY2015)4213
H28 (FY2016)3011
H29 (FY2017)0011
H29 (FY2017)0011
H30 (FY2018)111
H31 (FY2019)21(1)12(1)
(B) Number of PhD Awardees under the RONPAKU Program (FY2010-Fy2015):   0
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