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RIHN Visiting Research Fellow Program 2018
Call for Visiting Research Fellows

  1. Overview
  2. Program description
  3. How to apply
  4. Selection schedule

You can download application form from the RIHN’s website, otherwise you may request it to the International Affairs Subsection by Email or FAX (see below).

Contact:
International Affairs Subsection, Planning and Collaboration Section, RIHN
E-mail: E-mail
Fax: +81-75-707-2106

2. Program description

2.1. Scope of the program

The Visiting Research Fellow program provides an opportunity for researchers overseas to conduct research in collaboration with RIHN’s Research Programs, Research Projects and/or RIHN Center. Applications are evaluated by the following criteria. Therefore, applicants are expected to take those aspects into consideration when consulting with a provisional host and preparing an application. As a reference, the section 2.3 “Research units and host researchers” below shows brief introduction of research and activities of Research Programs, Research Projects and RIHN Center including its divisions. Please note that, during fellowship period, a Visiting Research Fellow will engage in research in close relationship with a host researcher.

2.2. Selection Criteria

Applicants are evaluated by the following criteria:

  1. Does the research proposal fit the scope of RIHN’s program, project or divisions in collaboration?
  2. Is the research plan coherent and appropriately prepared?
  3. Are academic ability and experience of the applicant sufficient for this collaboration?
  4. Was the host researcher informed of and did he/she consent with the research proposal prior to submission?

2.3. Research units and host researchers

Applicants need to develop plans for research and activities during the stay at RIHN with a provisional host. A list of potential hosts along with research units to which they belong is shown below. It is required that the initial contact with a provisional host researcher should be made at the latest 2 weeks prior to the application deadline. If you would like to contact a potential host you have not interacted with before, please send an email to E-mail. Your email will be sent forwarded to a provisional host researcher.

Research Programs and Projects

Research Program 1 Societal Transformation under Environmental Change
Information ▶▶ Basic Information
Research Keywords Economic and social development, Environmental change, Area studies, Global history
Program Director SUGIHARA Kaoru
 Specially Appointed Professor – Economic history, Environmental history
Research Project Societal Adaptation to Climate Change: Integrating Palaeoclimatological Data with Historical and Archaeological Evidences
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Research Keywords Tree ring, Oxygen isotope ratio, Climate variation, Dendrochronology, Archaeology, Environmental history
Project Leader NAKATSUKA Takeshi
 Professor –Palaeoclimatology
Research Project Toward the Regeneration of Tropical Peatland Societies: Building International Research Network on Paludiculture and Sustainable Peatland Management
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Project Leader MIZUNO Kosuke
 Professor –Indonesian Area Research
Research Program 2 Fair use and management of diverse resources
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Program Director NAKASHIZUKA Tohru
 Specially Appointed Professor – Forest ecology, Biodiversity
Research Project Biodiversity-driven Nutrient Cycling and Human Well-being in Social-Ecological Systems
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Research Keywords Biodiversity, Nutrient cycling, Human well-being, Watershed governance
Project Leader OKUDA Noboru
 Associate Professor – Ecological science
Research Program 3 Building Lifeworlds of Sustainability and Wellbeing
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Research Keywords Rural and urban lifeworlds, Sustainability, Wellbeing, Transformations, Designing futures
Program Director SAIJO Tatsuyoshi
 Specially Appointed Professor –Future Design, Engineering of institutional design, Public economics, experimental economics
Research Project Lifeworlds of Sustainable Food Consumption and Production: Agrifood Systems in Transition (FEAST)
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Research Keywords Agrifood transition, Foodshed mapping, Civic food network, Social practice, Agroecology, Food sovereignty, Local food economy, Supply chain transparency
Project Leader McGREEVY, Steven Robert
 Associate Professor – Environmental sociology
Research Project The Sanitation Value Chain: Designing Sanitation Systems as Eco-Community-Value System
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Research Keywords Sanitation, Values of people, Value chain, Resources management
Project Leader FUNAMIZU Naoyuki
 Professor – Sanitary engineering
Core Program Transdisciplinary concepts and methodologies
Research Keywords Transdisciplinary, Science in society, Basic concepts and methodologies
Program Director TANIGUCHI Makoto
 Professor – Hydrology
Core Project Proposal and Verification of the Validity of Isotope Environmental Traceability Methodology in Environmental Studies
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Research Keywords Isotope environmental study, Multi-isoscapes
Project Leader TAYASU Ichiro
 Professor –Isotope Ecology, Isotope Environmental Science

RIHN Center

Director KUBOTA Jumpei
 Professor – Hydrology
Division Laboratory and Analysis Division
Role Developing and maintaining the laboratory facilities necessary for research and fieldwork
Research Keywords Isotope environmental study, Multi-isoscapes
Staff TAYASU Ichiro
 Professor, Head of the Division – Isotope ecology, Isotope environmental science
SHIN Ki-Cheol
 Assistant Professor – Petrology, Geochemistry, Isotope geology
Division Information Resources Division
Role Maintaining RIHN research databases and archive
Research Keywords Semantic web, Open science, Ontology
Staff SEKINO Tatsuki
 Professor, Head of the Division – Information science
KONDO Yasuhisa
 Associate Professor – Archaeology, GIS, Open science
KUMAZAWA Terukazu
 Associate Professor – Environmental planning, Regional informatics
Division Communication Division
Role Developing a variety of communication strategies linking RIHN research to academic, public and user specific communities
Research Keywords Environmental Education, Communication, Environmental study, Knowledge networks
Staff ABE Ken-ichi
 Professor, Head of the Division – Ecological anthropology
NILES, Daniel
 Associate Professor – Human-environmental geography
Division Collaboration Division
Role Facilitating internal and external research networking as well as RIHN
engagement with the international Future Earth initiative and manages activities of Future Earth in Asia
Research Keywords Future Earth
Staff MALLEE, Hein
 Professor, Head of the Division – Social science
ISHII Reiichiro
 Associate Professor – Theoretical ecology
ONISHI Yuko
 Assistant Professor – Biogeography

2.4. Period of Research at RIHN

The research period ranges from 2 months up to 1 year, within the fiscal year 2018 (April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019).

2.5. Duties

Visiting Research Fellows are expected to engage in the following activities:

  1. Research and activities related to RIHN Research projects, Research Programs or RIHN Center
  2. Provide feedback and advice concerning operation and activities at RIHN

Visiting Research Fellows are also required to:

  1. - Give one or more lectures at a RIHN Seminar
  2. - Submit a short activity report (Note: A research paper written while at RIHN and published in a scientific journal could be submitted instead.)

2.6. Eligibility

Applicants must

  • have a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification/experience,
  • have a position of assistant professor or higher and,
  • be a researcher who is employed in an overseas research institute or a non-Japanese researcher who is employed in a university or a research institute in Japan (Applicants should maintain their employment status at the home institution until the end of placement at RIHN).

2.7. Maintenance Allowance

RIHN covers expenses for accommodation at the RIHN House and basic daily allowances during the Fellows’ research period according to RIHN Regulations. The amount is 237,000 JPY (for 30 days of stay)

Note: It is reduced to 90 % (after 30 days of stay) and 80 % (after 60 days of stay) of the amount stated above.

2.8. Travel Expenses

Travel expense for one round trip ticket between home institution and RIHN is reimbursed.

2.9. Research Support Allowance

Research support allowance (150,000 JPY) is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses.

2.10. Accommodation

The RIHN House is available for accommodation at your own expense.

2.11. Facilities

A desk, extension cell phone, 24/7 entrance card to the secured area (including office and library), and network connection are provided. Please note that in-house facilities may become out of service, particularly during special holidays in mid-August and around New Year’s Day as well as during scheduled power outage.

2.12. Research Hours and Holidays

There is no fixed research hours and holidays for Visiting Research Fellows.

For your information, office hours at RIHN are 8:30AM – 12:15PM and 1:00PM – 5:00PM on weekdays except public holidays and special holidays in mid-August (for three days) and around New Year’s Day (normally from December 29 to January 3).

Also, researchers who are employed by RIHN work under the discretionary labor system*.

*The Discretionary labor system; establishes a de facto total of working hours in advance, for which researchers are then paid regardless of the actual number of hours worked. At RIHN, the de facto total of working hours is 7 hours and 45mins per day, 38 hours and 45mins per week.)

3. How to apply

3.1. Deadline for applications

All application documents must be submitted by email no later than Monday, September 25, 2017.

3.2. What needs to be submitted

  1. Completed RIHN FY2018 Visiting Research Fellow application form.
  2. CV with the following information:
  3. 1. Major field of research, degree(s) and dates received; 2. Employment history; 3. List of major publications and whether refereed.

  4. A letter confirming the employment from home institute. If the letter is written in a language other than Japanese or English, please attach an official translation of the letter into either Japanese or English. (There is no template for this letter.)

*Points to notice

  1. Documents must be written in either Japanese or English.
  2. Use the RIHN application form of 2018 version (photocopy is acceptable). Other forms cannot be accepted.
  3. Make sure that your home institution approves the application as well as the period of absence for the research visit to RIHN. The letter can be sent electronically to RIHN in a PDF format by either applicant or home institution. The letters written for other purposes cannot be accepted.
  4. Application will not be considered if it contains omissions, mistakes or falsehoods, or if any unrequested documents are submitted.
  5. Submitted documents will not be returned to applicants. Personal information will be treated securely according to Japanese laws and regulations, and will be used for the selection only.

4. Selection schedule

The selection of Visiting Research Fellows takes place from September 2017 to December 2017. The International Affairs Subsection will notify the result of selection to every applicant from December, 2017 to January, 2018.

Please note that RIHN could fail to nominate any candidate due to possible limitation of the Institute’s budget as well as that the RIHN would not respond any inquiries from applicants regarding the result and reasons of selection.

July 2017 - September, 2017 Application
Distribution of the application forms and related guidelines to potential applicants
September 25, 2017(Monday) Deadline for applications
Applications must be delivered to the International Affairs Subsection, RIHN, no later than this date.
September, 2017 Notification of receipt of applications will be sent to every applicant by email
September - December, 2017 Review and selection
RIHN examines the applications and relevant documents and selects the Visiting Research Fellows at the selection meeting
December, 2017 – January, 2018 Notification
The International Affairs Subsection will notify the result to every applicant.
The RIHN cannot respond to inquiries about the selection until notification.
January, 2018 Visiting Research Fellows will receive detailed information about the relevant procedures from the International Affairs Subsection.
(Arrangements for coming to Japan start immediately after the selection result is delivered.)
From April, 2018 Visiting Research Fellows come to Japan to start their research.

For further information and application:

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

Tel:+81-75-707-2152 Email:E-mail
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