Since 2009, the BRIDGE Fellowship Program is provided exclusively for regular members of officially established JSPS alumni associations who have conducted research activities in Japan under the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers or other JSPS programs. It gives them an opportunity to create, sustain and/or strengthen research collaborations with Japanese colleagues during another stay in Japan (from 14 up to 30 days). The objective is to build strong networks among researchers in Japan and other countries through a variety of activities and to expand the worldwide network of JSPS fellows.
In Germany, the selection procedure is jointly organized by the German JSPS Alumni Association and the JSPS Bonn Office.
In 2021, the BRIDGE program could not be tendered due to entry restrictions in connection with the corona pandemic. The next application is planned for 2022.