Young Scholars Overseas Visit Program and Supporting Program for Young Scholars' Home Laboratories aim to support junior faculty and research members carry out international research. Both programs are directed by the Executive Vice President for Research, and are administered by the Office of the John Mung Program in the Research Promotion Division of Research and International Affairs Department.
The Programs are exclusively for junior faculty members in any disciplinary field at Kyoto University. During each application period, a Selection Committee for the John Mung Program is formed to conduct two screening processes. The first screening, conducted by Kyoto University professors selected accordance with their respective fields of studies, checks application documents, and the second screening, carried out by a smaller group of the committee members, selects the final candidates. Candidates are screened on the basis of comprehensive evaluation, including feasibility of their research proposal, reputations of the academic institutions they are visiting, and their prospects for contributing to the university's efforts of internationalization.
After the screening, successful candidates receive grants through their graduate school, research institute, or center. They are expected to conduct research in accordance with their research proposal, and to contribute toward building academic networks and making further international collaborative research. The Office of the John Mung Program provides administrative support, and helps them develop their research and obtain external research funding in future..