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FY2022 RIHN Invited Scholar Scheme

Call for FY2022 application has been closed.

Note: RIHN’s ability to host Invited Scholars depends on the circumstances with COVID-19 and with RIHN’s budget allocation in FY 2022.

  1. Overview
  2. Aim of the RIHN Invited Scholar Scheme
  3. Application procedures
  4. Selection schedule

Overview

Program Overview

Current and Past Invited Scholars / Visiting Research Fellows List


Aim of the RIHN Invited Scholar Scheme

The RIHN Invited Scholar Program enables overseas researchers to spend between one and three months at RIHN and to contribute to the development of the Institute’s intellectual foundations and strategic directions. This is not an open application. Invited Scholars are selected based on nomination by RIHN faculty members who act as their host.

Selection Criteria

  1. Can the candidate in the proposed role be expected to provide strategic overview of the relevance of their disciplinary or interdisciplinary studies to RIHN's engagement in global environmental studies?
  2. Does the proposal concretely indicate how the candidate will contribute to the development of the intellectual foundation and strategic direction of RIHN?
  3. Are previous achievements and experiences of the candidate distinguished and relevant to contribute to the development of RIHN?
  4. Has sufficient consultation between the candidate and the host researcher taken place prior to application?

Period of Stay at RIHN

The period of stay ranges from one month up to three months, within the fiscal year 2022 (June 1, 2022-March 31, 2023).

Expectations and Duties

Invited Scholars are expected to contribute to the development of the Institute’s intellectual foundations and strategic directions. This can be done in many ways, including lectures, seminars, collaborative research, participation in RIHN events and providing concrete feedback and advice.

Invited Scholars are also expected to:

  1. Give two seminars: (1) A review seminar at the beginning of the stay at RIHN that provides an overview of a Scholar’s field of expertise and its relevance to global environmental studies and RIHN research; (2) A concluding seminar at the end of the stay that includes discussion of the insights gained at RIHN.
  2. Allocate some time for individual consultation with early-career researchers
  3. Submit a short report including suggestions to RIHN after the stay

Eligibility

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification/experience, and concurrently be employed in an overseas research institute as home institution. The program is open to researchers based outside of Japan (including those with Japanese nationality) and researchers based in Japan with a nationality other than Japanese. Candidates are nominated by RIHN faculty members and selected competitively.

Stipend

A stipend is paid monthly according to the regulations of RIHN ranging from 381,000 to 670,000 JPY. 20.42% of income tax will be deducted from the salary according to the Japanese law.

Insurance

If a Scholar meets certain requirements for working period or age, he/she is required to join social insurance(including health insurance, long-term care insurance, pension insurance) and employment insurance. These insurance fees will be around 15% (including 0.3% of employment insurance) of the salary. If he/she is from countries that have concluded a social security agreement with Japan, he/she will be exempt from this by submitting after his/her arrival in Japan the required document which must be obtained in his/her country before traveling to Japan.

In principle, RIHN strongly recommends that a Scholar take out travel insurance etc. at home country before traveling to Japan.

Travel expenses and etc.

Travel expense for one round trip economy-class ticket between home institution and RIHN will be reimbursed.

Expenses necessary to respond to quarantine measures due to COVID-19

Expenses necessary to respond to quarantine measures due to COVID-19 for one round trip between home institution and RIHN will be reimbursed, within the limits set by the RIHN’s rules and regulations. These may include;

  • Cost for accommodation for self-quarantine in Japan
  • Cost for a COVID-19 test and a negative certificate required for the roundtrip travel between home country/area and Japan

Research Support Allowance

A research support allowance of 150,000 JPY is available to cover collaborative research-related expenses.

Accommodation

The RIHN House, located on the Institute premises, is available for accommodation at the Scholar’s expense.

Working Hours and Holidays

Invited Scholars are treated as faculty members employed by the National Institutes for Humanities (NIHU). A discretionary labor system* is applied for working hours.

Invited Scholar are entitled to a paid vacation from 2 days up to 5 days according to the length of stay.

*It establishes a de facto total of working hours in advance, for which researchers are then paid regardless of the actual number of hours worked. In RIHN’s system, the de facto total of working hours is 7 hours and 45mins per day, 38hours and 45mins per week, and researchers are asked to sign in when coming to the Institute.

Application procedures

Invited Scholars are selected competitively following nomination by RIHN faculty.

*For more information, please email to your prospective host at RIHN (faculty member at RIHN).

Selection Schedule

Selection of Invited Scholars takes place during the months of November, 2021 to January, 2022. The International Affairs Subsection will notify the result of selection to every applicant by the end of March 2022. Please note that selection of candidates is competitive and subject to budget availability as well as the situation with COVID-19. RIHN cannot respond to inquiries about the method of selection and details of the selection process.

September-October 2021 Nomination
Host completes the nomination forms. Forms and related guidelines are available to RIHN faculty.
Friday, November 5, 2021 Deadline for nominations
Documents must be sent via e-mail from the host researcher to the International Affairs Subsection
(E-mail) at RIHN, no later than this date.
November, 2021 Notification of receipt of recommendations will be sent to every nominating host by email.
November, 2021 - January, 2022 Review and selection
RIHN examines the nomination documents and selects the Invited Scholars at the selection meeting.
March, 2022 Official Notification
The International Affairs Subsection will notify the selected Invited Scholars of the result with an invitation letter after the FY2022 budget confirmation. RIHN cannot respond to inquiries about the selection until notification.
From March, 2022 Selected Invited Scholars will receive detailed information about the relevant procedures from the International Affairs Subsection.
(Arrangements for coming to Japan start around three months before arrival.)
From June, 2022 Invited Scholars will come to Japan to start their research.

Note: RIHN’s ability to host Invited Scholars depends on the circumstances with COVID-19 and with RIHN’s budget allocation in FY 2022.

For further information, please contact:

International Affairs Subsection, Planning and Collaboration Section, Administrative Office RIHN

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Tel:+81-75-707-2152
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