Fellowships

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) makes use of several programs offered by Japanese and international organizations, such as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science or the Japan Foundation, that support research by providing foreign scholars with opportunities to conduct research at academic institutions in Japan. This Center receives foreign scholars as Visiting Research Fellows in the following categories:

JSPS Fellowship Programs

  1. Contents
  2. Purpose, Targeted Academic Specializations, Criteria for Eligibility, and Duration of Research:

    Please refer to the JSPS's website, where you can also download the application forms:
    [ Japan Society for the Promotion of Science ]
    In Japanese
    In English

  3. Terms and Conditions at Nichibunken
    • The Center's library, computers, and other facilities including office space to be shared with other researchers will be made available for the use of the JSPS Research Fellow, in the same way as for a staff researcher at the Center.
    • Housing accommodations will be available on the site of the Center. (There are charges for the use of these facilities.)
  4. Application Procedure
  5. Applicants must submit the designated application form of JSPS, the necessary certificates and a letter of request to a specific host professor whom you wish to look for guidance.

  6. Application Deadline for Nichibunken
  7. The application varies according to the program, so please confirm by checking with Nichibunken directly before you apply. (The deadline is different from that of JSPS, so please pay attention. In general, the Nichibunken deadline is approximately one month prior to the JSPS deadline.)

  8. Other Information
  9. Nichibunken will apply for assistance from JSPS after selecting several candidates from among all those who applied to Nichibunken

  10. For details, please contact
  11. International Research Center for Japanese Studies
    Research Coopearation Division
    3-2 Goryo Oeyama-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192
    Phone: +81(0)75-335-2231 Fax: +81(0)75-335-2092
    Email: vrsinquiry@nichibun.ac.jp

JF Research Fellow, Visiting Research Fellows
(fellow of other supporting organizations, or researcher supported by a foreign government)

  1. Purpose
  2. To provide opportunities for highly qualified foreign researchers to conduct research at Nichibunken, allowing them to advance their own research while participating in at least one of the Center's team research projects. Please refer to the JF's website, where you can also download the application forms:

    [ Japan Foundation ]
    In Japanese
    In English

  3. Targeted Field
  4. Japanese Culture (Human/Social Science and Natural Science)

  5. Eligibility
  6. Applicants should meet the following criteria:

    • Citizens of nations with which Japan has diplomatic relations
    • Researchers employed by a university or other research institution
    • Those whom the Director-General deems to have qualifications equivalent toresearchers employed by a university or other research institution
  7. Research Period
  8. In principle, up to, but no longer than, twelve months

  9. Terms and Conditions at Nichibunken
    • The Center's library, computers, and other facilities including office space to be shared with other researchers will be made available for the use of the JSPS Research Fellow, in the same way as for a staff researcher at the Center.
    • Housing accommodations will be available on the site of the Center. (There are charges for the use of these facilities.)
  10. Application Deadline and How to Apply
  11. By a date one month prior to the deadline for application to the organization that will provide financial assistance, the applicant for a Visiting Research Fellow appointment must apply to Nichibunken. Please send a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, the title of your proposed research, and a description of your research plan to the member of the Nichibunken faculty who will serve as your counterpart. The application will be submitted to the Director-General of this Center.

  12. Other Information
  13. Nichibunken will consider applications for Visiting Research Fellow case by case as it receives them.

  14. For details, please contact
  15. International Research Center for Japanese Studies
    Research Coopearation Division
    3-2 Goryo Oeyama-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192
    Phone: +81(0)75-335-2231 Fax: +81(0)75-335-2092
    Email: vrsinquiry@nichibun.ac.jp

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