Inter-University Research Institute faculty cooperate in education and research at the
graduate level in response to requests by national, public, and private universities, in
addition to the individual research they conduct.
Nichibunken accepts graduate students who are majoring in fields related to Japanese studies
as "special inter-institutional research fellows."
Terms of Acceptance for Fellowships
Nichibunken accepts a very small number of Research Fellows.
Persons eligible to apply are as a rule those enrolled as doctoral candidates in
Universities in Japan (for those in a doctoral program divided into an initial two-year
program and a subsequent three-year program, only those in the latter program are
eligible), and specializing in fields about or related to Japanese studies.
Period of fellowship
- April acceptance: 1 year (April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025)
- October acceptance: 1 year (October 1, 2024 to September 30, 2025)
The term of a fellowship is as a rule one year, but in accordance with the progress of
the research conducted by the special inter-institutional research fellow, a request for
extension from his or her affiliated graduate school may be submitted to Nichibunken,
and after consideration at Nichibunken, the term may be extended for no more than one
International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)
Documents to be submitted
- Written request by the head of the affiliated graduate school
department (Form 1) (PDF／Word)
Note: Please be sure to affix the official seal of the Dean of the Graduate School.
Note: Please describe "Research you wish to commission", briefly.
- Letter of recommendation from the applicant's academic advisor at the
affiliated graduate school department (Form 2) (PDF／Word)
- Curriculum vitae (Form 3) (PDF／Word)
- Transcript (Form 4) (PDF／Word)
- Proof of student status and transcript
Deadlines for submission
- For acceptance from April 1: February 1, 2024
- For acceptance from October 1: August 2, 2024
Applicants are screened on the basis of the documents submitted. The applicant and the
head of the applicant's graduate school department will be notified of the results of
and Research Advisor
Please refer to information about the members of the Nichibunken Research
Division at the Nichibunken website for details.
Note: Applicants for fellowships should have obtained the agreement of the Nichibunken
faculty advisor of their choice in advance of submitting the documents for application.
There shall be no cost to the fellow for guidance provided in
research, whether they are based at a national, public, or private university.
For persons admitted as special inter-institutional research fellows, Nichibunken
does not provide academic credits, dissertation reviews, or the award of degrees,
Such activities are uniquely the responsibility of the graduate school with which
the fellow is originally affiliated.
Nichibunken does not provide disaster and accident insurance. Fellows are expected
to register for the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services "Disaster and Accident
Insurance for Student Education and Research," or some other plan at the graduate
school with which they are affiliated.