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FY2020 RIHN Invited Scholar Scheme

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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. Invited Scholars are selected based on nomination by RIHN faculty members who act as their host.

Selection Criteria

  1. Can the proposed role of the candidate be expected to help further the mission of RIHN?
  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 2020 (June 1, 2020-March 31, 2021).

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 the state of the art in the Visiting 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 you meet certain requirements for working period or age, you are 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 your salary. If you are from countries that have concluded a social security agreement with Japan, you will be exempt from this after you follow prescribed procedure.

In principle, RIHN strongly recommends you that you take out travel insurance etc. at your home country before you come to Japan.

Travel expenses

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

Accommodation

The RIHN House, located on the Institute premises, is available for accommodation at the Visiting 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 20 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.

How to Apply

Invited Scholars are selected competitively following nomination by RIHN faculty.

*For the nomination form, please contact International Affairs Subsection (E-mail) by faculty members at RIHN.

Selection Schedule

Selection of Invited Scholars takes place during the months of October to December. The International Affairs Subsection will notify the result of selection to every applicant by end of February 2020. Please note that selection of candidates is competitive and subject to budget availability. RIHN cannot respond to inquiries about the method of selection and details of the selection process.

July - September 2019 Nomination
Host completes the nomination forms. Forms and related guidelines are available to RIHN faculty.
Wednesday, September25, 2019 Deadline for nominations
Documents must be sent by e-mail from the host researcher to the International Affairs Subsection
(E-mail) at RIHN, no later than this date.
September, 2019 Notification of receipt of recommendations will be sent to every nominating host by email.
October - December, 2019 Review and selection
RIHN examines the nomination documents and selects the Invited Scholars at the selection meeting.
February, 2020 Official Notification
The International Affairs Subsection will notify the selected Invited Scholars of the result with an invitation letter after the 2020 budget confirmation. RIHN cannot respond to inquiries about the selection until notification.
From March, 2020 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, 2020 Invited Scholars come to Japan to start their research.

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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