Fellowships

Visiting Research Scholar (Team Research Organizer) 2023–2024

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 2023 (April) - 2024 (March). Research themes of outstanding significance and future potential will be favorably considered.

  1. Role of the Team Research Organizer
  2. The team research organizer will be appointed as a Nichibunken Visiting Research Scholar. The organizer 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: (1) researchers who are attached to a university or other research institution in or outside Japan or who have equivalent qualifications and (2) be members of the Nichibunken faculty.
    A faculty member will assist the project organizer. The project team normally consists of approximately ten participants including the organizer. It may include three researchers who are affiliated with a university or an institution outside of Japan.

  5. Venue of Research Meetings
  6. In principle, research meetings should be held at Nichibunken. However, it is possible to hold a meeting in venues other than Nichibunken upon approval.

  7. Operational Fund
  8. Nichibunken will allocate each project an annual operational fund, from which the participants will be reimbursed for expenses necessary to participate in research meetings, including transportation, accommodation, daily allowances and honorariums for guest speakers according to the rules and regulations of Nichibunken. Please note that the expenses to be utilized must be approved by the Team Research Committee.
    (For example: Total expenses for one team: 1,000,000-1,200,000-JPY)

  9. Eligibility and Requirements
  10. Researchers who are not more than 65 years old as of 1 April 2023. Young applicants are especially welcome. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

    (1) Researchers (regardless of nationality) with a PhD who work for a university or research institution outside Japan.
    (2) Those whom the director-general deems to have the same qualifications or research capability as (1).

    Persons who held the position of visiting research scholar in the past are eligible with due consideration for the number of years that have passed since the end of the employment.

  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 organizer takes up his or her post at Nichibunken on the first day of any month between April 1 and September 1, 2023. Please be sure to arrive in Japan within 1 to 7 days before the starting date of your contract period.

  15. Team Research Report
  16. The organizer is required to disseminate the research findings of the team research project. It is mandatory for the organizer to disseminate the research findings of the team research project. In principle, the report of the research is to be made available in “Nichibunken Open Access.” The organizer is required to submit a plan for making the results of the research available to the public to Nichibunken no later than 6 months after the project ends, as well as to prepare a report in the form of proceedings no later than 12 months after the end of the team research project. (The organizer is responsible for requesting manuscripts from researchers, organizing manuscripts, and editing their compilation.) The report may be published commercially, but Nichibunken will not provide financial support for it.

  17. External Evaluation and Collection of Research Results
  18. Since academic year 2018/2019, external evaluation (annual inspection and end-of-project as-sessment) has been conducted by the External Evaluation Committee. The organizer may be requested to prepare documents and other materials at the time of evaluation. For external evaluation as well as for collecting research results for institutional research (IR) by the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), all the project participants will be requested to submit data on their findings and research activities each year. The organizer should alert the team research participants in advance of this request.

  19. Application Procedure
    1. Download the application form from Nichibunken’s website.
        PDF file
        MS Word file
    2. Completed application form, with a letter of recommendation. In principle, most of the project participants should reside in Japan. The list must include at least one member of the Nichibunken faculty. For Nichibunken faculty, see the accompanying list (Professors, Associate Professors).
      Before applying, please contact the faculty member(s) in question.
      List of Faculty (Nichibunken website)
    3. Submit the application form and the recommendation letter via e-mail in PDF format to “kyoudou*nichibun.ac.jp” (Please replace * with @).
      Be sure to add your signature at the end of the application form.
    4. Deadline for application
      The application form and the recommendation letter should be submitted by 17:00 (Japan time) 30 November (Tuesday) 2021.
    5. 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 @)
  20. Screening Results
  21. Nichibunken will screen all applicants fairly and critically and will notify all applicants of the results by March 31, 2022.

  22. Terms of Appointment
    1. 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.
    2. Roundtrip travel expenses will be paid according to a rate stipulated in the regulations.
    3. A research allowance (including a domestic research travel expense allowance) will be disbursed to each Visiting Research Scholar.
    4. 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.
    5. Visiting Research Scholars will have opportunities to present their research findings in seminars, public lectures, and the Nichibunken Forums.
    6. Housing accommodations will be available on the Nichibunken campus. (There are charges for the use of these facilities.)