International scholars should note that almost every major Japanese university has the “foreign researcher” (外国人研究者) system where every year a number of foreign scholars are invited to do research in Japan. The procedure tends to be rather simple.
First, a Japanese professor in the corresponding university nominates a foreign scholar, fills out a form and then submits it to his/her research centre in the university. Once approved by the university, the nominated scholar can soon arrive in Japan, gets his/her own desk and stays in Japan from 1 month to 12 months, depending on the budget.
The following visiting scholar positions are currently available:
Kyoto University has the Japan visiting scholar program in the following areas: Visiting Research Scholars; Guest Scholars; Guest Research Associate; Special Researchers; and Short-term International Student.
Center for Southeast Asian Studies in Kyoto University has accommodated more than 300 visiting scholars in Japan since 1975. Positions for scholars visiting CSEAS are divided into five categories: Visiting Research Scholars; Guest Scholars; Guest Research Associate; Special Researchers; and Short-term International Student.
Keio University Media Department invites visiting scholars from all around the world throughout the year.
Institute of Social and Economic Research in Osaka University, Japan offers Visiting Research Scholars Program for scholars who holds a position at least equivalent to Assistant Professor at the applicant’s home institution.
Kansai Gaidai University Asian studies program has the Japan visiting scholar program in research areas related to Japan or Asia.
Waseda University has numerous visiting scholar programs for international scholars to apply:
- JSPS Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan (Long term and Short-term) summer program, strategic program, standard program and pathway to university positions in Japan program
- JSPS Awards for Eminent Scientists program sends invitations for leading scientist all over the world.
- Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Program [Scholars・Researchers] Scholars whose research is related substantially to Japan in the humanities and social sciences, including comparative research, are eligible.
Follow-up Research Fellowship of JASSO provides round-trip air fare, daily allowance (¥11,000/day) for the recipient and remuneration for cooperation (up to ¥50,000) for the research adviser. International students under 40 who studied in Japan and returned to their countries are eligible.