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RIHN Visiting Research Fellow Program

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

Overview

  • Invited Scholar from the U.S., 2017
    Invited Scholar from the U.S., 2017
  • Research Fellow from Thailand, 2018
    Research Fellow from Thailand, 2018

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Program description

Scope of the program

The RIHN Visiting Research Fellow Program brings overseas researchers to the Institute for periods of two to twelve months to engage in specific research in the context of one of the RIHN Programs, Projects or RIHN Center Divisions.

Selection Criteria

Applications are evaluated by the criteria below and candidates are advised to take these into account in preparing an application:

  1. Does the research proposal fit with the substance and direction of the program, project or division at which the fellow would be based?
  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?
    *If an applicant has no host, please check the list below and contact International Affairs Subsection before submission.

Research units and host researchers

Each Visiting Fellow works with a RIHN host researcher who acts as the main point of contact with the Institute. Applicants are advised to develop plans for research and activities during their stay at RIHN in consultation with the intended host researcher. In most cases, candidates will already have interacted with a potential host researcher prior to the application, but a list of potential hosts is shown below. It is required that the initial contact with a provisional host researcher is 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 and our email will be forwarded.

Research Programs and Projects

Research Program 1 Societal Transformation under Environmental Change
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Research Keywords Economic and social development, Environmental change, Area studies, Global history
Program Director Kaoru SUGIHARA
 Specially Appointed Professor – Economic history, Environmental history
Research Project Toward the Regeneration of Tropical Peatland Societies: Building International Research Network on Paludiculture and Sustainable Peatland Management
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Research Keywords Peatland, Tropical peatland societies, Rehabilitation, Environmental vulnerability, Transformability
Project Leader Kosuke MIZUNO
 Professor – Indonesian Area Research
Research Project Research and Social Implementation of Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction as Climate Change Adaptation in Shrinking Societies
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Research Keywords Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR)
Project Leader Takehito YOSHIDA
 Associate Professor - Ecology
Research Program 2 Fair Use and Management of Diverse Resources
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Research Keywords Fair resource use
Program Director Tohru NAKASHIZUKA
 Specially Appointed Professor – Forest ecology, Biodiversity
Research Project Co-creation of Sustainable Regional Innovation for Reducing Risk of High-Impact Environmental Pollution
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Research Keywords Transdisciplinarity, Environmental impact assessment, Sustainable regional innovation, environmental pollution
Project Leader Masayuki SAKAKIBARA
 Professor – Environmental impact assessment study, Environmental Remediation, Earth science, Transdisciplinary research
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 Noboru OKUDA
 Associate Professor – Ecological science
Research Program 3 Designing Lifeworlds of Sustainability and Wellbeing
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Research Keywords Rural and urban lifeworlds, Sustainability, Wellbeing, Transformations, Designing futures
Program Director Tatsuyoshi SAIJO
 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 Steven Robert McGREEVY
 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, Poverty, Urban slum, Africa
Project Leader Taro YAMAUCHI
 Professor – Human Ecology, Global Health, Biological Anthropology, Nutrition Ecology
Core Program Transdisciplinary concepts and methodologies
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Research Keywords Transdisciplinary, Science in society, Basic concepts and methodologies
Program Director Makoto TANIGUCHI
 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 Ichiro TAYASU
 Professor - Isotope ecology, Isotope Environmental Science
Core Project Information Asymmetry Reduction in Open Team Science for Socio-environmental Cases
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Research Keywords Open Science, Open Research Data
Project Leader Yasuhisa KONDO
 Associate Professor - Archaeology, GIS, Open Science Theory

RIHN Center

Director Hein MALLEE
 Professor – Social Science, China, Southeast Asia, Natural Resource Management, Forest Governance, Ecohealth
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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 Ichiro TAYASU
 Professor, Head of the Division – Isotope ecology, Isotope environmental science
Kicheol SHIN
 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 Terukazu KUMAZAWA
 Associate Professor, Head of the Division – Environmental planning, Regional informatics
Yasuhisa KONDO
 Associate Professor – Archaeology, GIS, Open science
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 Ken-ichi ABE
 Professor, Head of the Division – Ecological anthropology
Daniel NILES
 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 Reiichiro ISHII
 Associate Professor – Head of the Division -Theoretical ecology
Hein MALLEE
 Professor, – Social science, China, Southeast Asia, Natural Resource Management, Forest Governance, Ecohealth
Yuko ONISHI
 Assistant Professor – Biogeography

Period of Research at RIHN

The research period ranges from 2 months up to 1 year, within the fiscal year 2019 (April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020).

Expectations and Duties

Visiting Research Fellows are expected to engage specific research in the context of one of the RIHN Programs, Projects or RIHN Center Divisions. They are also encouraged to interact with RIHN faculty and staff and to provide feedback and advice concerning operation and activities at RIH

Visiting Research Fellows are also required to:

  1. - Give one or more lectures at a RIHN Seminar
  2. - Submit a short activity report

Eligibility

Applicants must

  • have a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification/experience,
  • be a researcher who is employed in an overseas research institute (including those with Japanese nationality) or a non-Japanese researcher who is employed at 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).

Maintenance Allowance

RIHN covers expenses for accommodation and basic daily expenses during the stay according to RIHN Regulations. The amount is 235,500 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.

Visiting Fellows can stay at the RIHN House at a reduced tariff.

Travel Expenses

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

Research Support Allowance

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

Accommodation

Visiting Fellows can stay at the RIHN House at a reduced tariff.

Facilities

A desk, extension cell phone(PHS), 24/7 entrance card to the secured area (including office and library), and network connection are provided.

Research Hours and Holidays

There are no fixed research hours and holidays for Visiting Research Fellows as they are not employed by RIHN. 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).

How to apply

When you have trouble in downloading application forms, please request it to the International Affairs Subsection by Email or FAX .

Contact:
International Affairs Subsection, Administrative Office, RIHN
E-mail: E-mail
Fax: +81-75-707-2106

Deadline for applications

All application documents must be submitted by email no later than Tuesday, September 25、2018.

What needs to be submitted?

  1. Completed RIHN FY2019Visiting Research Fellow application form.
  2. CV with the following information:
    1. Major field of research, degree(s) and dates received;
    2. Employment history;
    3. List of major publications and whether peer-reviewed.
  3. A letter from the home institution confirming that the applicant will be employed at that institution during the proposed period of stay at RIHN. 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.)
  4. A recommendation letter from someone who is in a position to judge the applicant’s experience and qualities. This letter should be emailed directly by the referee to E-mail(International Affairs Subsection at RIHN).

*Points to notice

  1. Documents must be written in either Japanese or English.
  2. Use the RIHN application form of 2019 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 confirming the employment 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.

Selection schedule

The selection of Visiting Research Fellows takes place from October to December, 2018. The International Affairs Subsection will notify the result of selection to every applicant from December, 2018 to January, 2019.

Please note that selection of candidates is competitive and subject to budget availability. RIHN cannot respond to inquiries from applicants regarding the result and reasons of selection.

July -September, 2018 Application
Distribution of the application forms and related guidelines to potential applicants.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Deadline for applications
Applications must be sent by e-mail to the International Affairs Subsection
(E-mail) , RIHN, no later than this date.
September, 2018 Notification of receipt of applications will be sent to every applicant by email.
October - December, 2018 Review and selection
RIHN examines the applications and relevant documents and selects the Visiting Research Fellows at the selection meeting
December, 2018– January,2019 Notification
The International Affairs Subsection will notify the result to every applicant. The RIHN cannot respond to inquiries about the selection until notification.
January, 2019 Visiting Research Fellows will receive detailed information about the relevant procedures from the International Affairs Subsection.
(Arrangements for coming to Japan start three months before arrival.)
From April, 2019 Visiting Research Fellows come to Japan to start their research.

For further information and application:

International Affairs Subsection, Administrative Office RIHN

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