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Visiting Research Scholar
Kyoto, Japan

Scholarship / Financial aid: available

Date: April 2016-March 2017

Deadline: October 30, 2014

Open to: researchers from different fields of specialization

Announcement follows

In order to deepen research on Japanese culture and broaden its scope by bringing together researchers from different fields of specialization, the International 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 2016 (April) - 2017 (March). Research themes of outstanding significance and future potential will be favorably considered.

Role of the Team Research Organizer

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.

Other Participants in the Project

Participants in the project must be either researchers residing in Japan or members of Nichibunken's faculty. A faculty member will assist the project organiser.

Venue of Research Meetings
Research meetings wil be held at Nichibunken.


Researchers who are attached to a university or other research institution outside Japan and not more than 65 years old as of 1 April 2016, or whom the Director-general deems to have equivalent qualifications.

Number of Openings

Not more than two project organizers will be selected each year.

Research Period

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, 2016.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit the following:

(1) Completed application forms, with a list of prospective participants.
In principle, all project participants should reside in Japan. The list must include at least one faculty member of Nichibunken.
Before applying, please contact the faculty member(s) in question.

(2) Sample of work
Copies of up to three major publications by the applicant relevant to the proposed project. (Note: Submissions of written work will not be returned.)

(3) Deadline for applications
The application form and copies of publications should reach Nichibunken by October 30, 2014.

(4) Applications should be sent to:
International Research Center for Japanese Studies
3-2 Oeyama-cho, Goryo
Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192

(5) For further information contact:
Research Support Section
Research Cooperation Division
International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Tel: +81-75-335-2044 (direct)
Fax: +81-75-335-2092
The application form may be downloaded from the Nichibunken website.


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