Visiting Research Scholar Fellowship 2018-2019

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In May, 2018, we will call for applications of Visiting Research Scholar to participate in one of our team research projects during the Japanese academic year 2019.

Contact information:
Research Support Unit
Research Cooperation Section
International Research Center for Japanese Studies
3-2 Goryo Oeyama-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192, JAPAN
E-mail: kyoudou*nichibun.ac.jp(replace * with @)

Visiting Research Scholar (Team Research Organizer) 2019-2020

In order to deepen research on Japanese culture and broaden its scope by bringing together researchers from different fields of specialization, the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) supports the "team research" (kyōdō kenkyū) approach to opening up new frontiers in Japanese studies scholarship.
Nichibunken seeks visiting research scholars to plan and organize one-year team research projects for the Japanese academic year 2019 (April)-2020 (March). Research themes of outstanding significance and future potential will be favorably considered.

*Apology for Errors Made in the information about “Visiting Research Scholar (Team Research Organizer) 2019-2020”

  1. Role of the Team Research Organizer
  2. The team research organizer will be appointed as a Nichibunken visiting research scholar. He or she will be responsible for: selecting the project participants and organizing their project-related activities, drawing up and implementing the research plan; chairing research meetings; and collating the research results for publication.

  3. Other Participants in the Project
  4. Participants in the project must meet at least one of the following eligibilities:  ⑴ researchers who are attached to a university or other research institution in or outside Japan or who have equivalent qualifications  ⑵members of Nichibunken’s faculty.
    A faculty member will assist the project organizer.

  5. Venue of Research Meetings
  6. Research meetings will be held at Nichibunken.

  7. Operational Fund
  8. Nichibunken will allocate each team research project an annual operational fund, from which the participants will be reimbursed expenses necessary to attend research meetings, including expenses for transportation, accommodation, and daily allowances, according to the rules and regulations of Nichibunken. Please note that the expenses to be utilized must be approved by the Team Research Committee.
    ( Ex. Total expenses for one team research project in FY 2016: 1,650,000 JPY)

  9. Eligibility
  10. Researchers who are attached to a university or other research institution outside Japan and not more than 65 years old as of 1 April 2019, or whom the Director-general deems to have equivalent qualifications.

  11. Number of Openings
  12. Not more than two project organizers will be selected each year.

  13. Research Period
  14. The project runs for one year after the arrival of the organizer in Japan. The project organizer is expected to arrive in Kyoto between April 1 and August 31, 2019. Please be sure to arrive in Japan within 1 to 7 days before the starting date of your contract period.

  15. Application Procedure
    • Download the application form from Nichibunken’s website.
    • icon_acrobat PDF file
      icon_word MS Word file

    • Completed application form, with a list of prospective participants. In principle, most of the project participants should reside in Japan. The list must include at least one faculty member of Nichibunken. (Director-General, Deputy Director-General or Faculty)

      Before applying, please contact the faculty member(s) in question.
      List of Faculty: http://research.nichibun.ac.jp/en/

    • Submit via e-mail in PDF format to “kyoudou*nichibun.ac.jp(replace * with @)”
    • Be sure to add your signature at the end of the application form.

    • Deadline for application
    • The application form should be submitted by October 31, 2017.

    • For further information contact:
    • Research Support Unit
      Research Cooperation Section
      International Research Center for Japanese Studies
      Tel: +81-75-335-2044(direct)
      Fax: +81-75-335-2092
      E-mail: kyoudou*nichibun.ac.jp(replace * with @)

  16. Screening Results
  17. Nichibunken will screen all applicants fairly and critically and will notify all applicants of the results by March 31, 2018.

  18. Terms of Appointment
    • The Visiting Research Scholar’s salary will be determined according to experience and career status. It will be paid on the appointed day each month.
    • Roundtrip travel expenses will be paid according to a rate stipulated in the regulations.
    • A research allowance (including a domestic research travel expense allowance) will be disbursed to each Visiting Research Scholar.
    • Nichibunken’s library, computers, and other facilities, including an individual research office, will be made available for the use of the Visiting Research Scholar, in the same way as for regular full-time employees of Nichibunken.
    • Visiting Research Scholars will have opportunities to present their research findings in seminars, public lectures, and the Nichibunken Forums.
    • Housing accommodations will be available on the Nichibunken campus. (There are charges for the use of these facilities.)