Invitations for Special Inter-Institutional Research Fellows


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."

Merits of Special Inter-Institutional Research Fellow Status

  1. Receive guidance in your research.
    The research faculty at Nichibunken pursue diverse subjects in a wide variety of fields. You are sure to find a member of the faculty whose areas of interest correspond to your own. As a research fellow, you will not be charged for any guidance you receive. For details of the interests and specialties of Nichibunken researchers, see the "Faculty" page at the Nichibunken website.
  2. Have access to plentiful research materials.
    In the quiet and seclusion of the Nichibunken Library, you can freely peruse not only books in Japanese, but some 500,000 works in Japanese studies written in other languages. You will also have full access to special collections including antique photographs, old maps, and audiovisual materials.
  3. Participate in a wide variety of research seminars and other events.
    You may participate in team research projects on a wide variety of topics where scholars from Japan and other countries advance their knowledge through exchange and discussion. A dozen or so research projects, each representing a different approach, are conducted at Nichibunken every year. By attending the many international symposiums and seminars sponsored by Nichibunken, you will have the opportunity to exchange views with specialists from Japan and other countries.
  4. Audit classes at SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies).
    You may audit the Japanese Studies Program, Graduate institute for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI, which makes its home at Nichibunken. You can further expand your network of research associations through exchange with the students of the program who are engaged in graduate research on Japanese studies from an international perspective.

Terms of Acceptance for Fellowships

Number accepted

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

  1. April acceptance: 1 year (April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025)
  2. 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 year.

Location of Research

International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)

Documents to be submitted

Deadlines for submission

  1. For acceptance from April 1: February 1, 2024
  2. 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 the screening.

Research Field 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.

Expenses for Research Guidance

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.

Further information and submission of documents

International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Research Support Unit, Research Cooperation Section
3-2 Goryo Oeyama-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192 Japan
TEL: (075)335-2044 (from within Japan)
  +81-75-335-2044 (from outside of Japan)
FAX: (075)335-2092
EMAIL:kyoudou* (Please replace * with @)

Number of research fellowships provided (1995-2018)

Year No. of fellows
1995 6
1996 6
1997 5
1998 10
1999 6
2000 10
2001 14
2002 14
2003 11
2004 3
2005 6
2006 7
2007 2
2008 4
2009 7
2010 6
2011 3
2012 7
2013 6
2014 4
2015 8
2016 5
2017 6
2018 5
Year No. of fellows
2019 7
2020 3
2021 6
2022 10
2023 7
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