Australia Japan Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program: 2016 call now open

The Australia Japan Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program (ERLEP) is targeted at mid-career researchers of both countries who are emerging leaders in the Science and Technology community, with their research established but international linkages in need of further development.

The successful researchers undertake two weeks of institutional placements in agreed-upon priority S&T areas, such as:

  • healthy ageing & wellbeing
  • new materials
  • biotechnology
  • nanotechnology
  • emerging power systems, and
  • information & communications technology

Funding & Duration

ATSE will cover economy return international and domestic airfares for the successful applicants, local transport within Australia, visa and travel insurance if required.

The Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) will cover Japanese in-country living expenses and transport costs. EAJ will organize the specifics for the two-week visit by Australian participants.


The applicant must be:

  • an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen
  • an outstanding mid-career researcher (fewer than 20 years since completion of PhD), showing the potential to be a future leader with their research established but international linkages in need of development;
  • employed in an Australian research institute including universities, publicly-funded research organizations, and R&D intensive industries.

Submission Requirements

ATSE will accept a maximum of four applications per eligible research or industry organisation, one for each of the priority topic areas.

As such, proposals must be submitted to the Research Grants Office by 21 March 2016 to allow time for a pre-selection process, should more than four applications be received.

Further details and application forms may be found on the ATSE web site at:

Please contact directly in the first instance if you are interested in applying.