Call for FY2020 application has been closed.
The RIHN Visiting Research Fellow Program brings overseas researchers to the Institute for periods of two to six months to engage in specific research in the context of one of the RIHN Programs, Projects or RIHN Center Divisions.
Applications are evaluated by the criteria below and candidates are advised to take these into account in preparing an application:
*If an applicant has no host, please check the list below and contact International Affairs Subsection before submission.
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.If you would like to contact a potential host you have not interacted with before, please send an email to and your email will be forwarded.
|Research Program 1||Societal Transformation under Environmental Change|
|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|
|Research Keywords||Peatland, Tropical peatland societies, Rehabilitation, Environmental vulnerability, Transformability|
|Project Leader||Osamu KOZAN
Associate Professor – Hydrology
|Research Project||Research and Social Implementation of Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction as Climate Change Adaptation in Shrinking Societies|
|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|
|Research Keywords||Fair resource use|
|Program Director||Tohru NAKASHIZUKA
Specially Appointed Professor – Forest ecology, Biodiversity
|Research Project||Mapping the Environmental Impact Footprint of Cities, Companies, and Household|
|Research Keywords||Supply chain, MRIO, environmental impacts|
|Project Leader||Keiichiro KANEMOTO
Associate Professor － Industrial Ecology, Environmental economics
|Research Program 3||Designing Lifeworlds of Sustainability and Wellbeing|
|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)|
|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||Co-creation of Sustainable Regional Innovation for Reducing Risk of High-Impact Environmental Pollution|
|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||The Sanitation Value Chain: Designing Sanitation Systems as Eco-Community-Value System|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Research Keywords||Open Science, Open Research Data|
|Project Leader||Yasuhisa KONDO
Associate Professor － Archaeology, GIS, Open Science Theory
Professor – Social Science, China, Southeast Asia, Natural Resource Management, Forest Governance, Ecohealth
|Division||Laboratory and Analysis Division|
|Role||Developing and maintaining the laboratory facilities necessary for research and fieldwork|
|Research Keywords||Isotope environmental study, Multi-isoscapes|
Professor, Head of the Division – Isotope ecology, Isotope environmental science
Assistant Professor – Petrology, Geochemistry, Isotope geology
|Division||Information Resources Division|
|Role||Maintaining RIHN research databases and archive|
|Research Keywords||Semantic web, Open science, Ontology|
Associate Professor, Head of the Division – Environmental planning, Regional informatics
Associate Professor – Archaeology, GIS, Open science
|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|
Professor, Head of the Division – Ecological anthropology
Associate Professor – Human-environmental geography
|Role||Facilitating internal and external research networking|
|Research Keywords||Interdisciplinary study on ecosystem sustainability|
Associate Professor, Head of the Division – Theoretical ecology
|Division||Future Earth Division|
|Role||Hosting the Regional Centre for Future Earth in Asia and facilitating the activities of Future Earth in the region|
|Research Keywords||Future Earth, Sustainability|
Professor, Head of the Division – Social science, China, Southeast Asia, Natural Resource Management, Forest Governance, Ecohealth
|Ria Adoracion Apostol LAMBINO
Specially Appointed Associate Professor － Environmental Governance
Assistant Professor – Transdisciplinary research, Co-production, Sustainability science, Climate change impact
The research period ranges from 2 months up to 6 months, within the fiscal year 2020 (June 1, 2020-March 31, 2021).
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 RIHN
Visiting Research Fellows are also required to:
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 expense for one round trip economy-class ticket between home institution and RIHN is reimbursed.
Please purchase overseas travel insurance etc. by yourself before you come to Japan. If you stay more than 3 months, you can join National Health Insurance in Japan.
A research support allowance of 150,000 JPY is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses.
Visiting Fellows can stay at the RIHN House at a reduced tariff.
A desk, extension cell phone（PHS）, 24/7 entrance card to the secured area (including office and library), and network connection are provided.
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).
When you have trouble in downloading application forms, please request it to the International Affairs Subsection by Email or FAX .
International Affairs Subsection, Administrative Office, RIHN
All application documents must be submitted by email no later than Wednesday, September 25、2019.
The selection of Visiting Research Fellows takes place from October to December, 2019. The International Affairs Subsection will notify the result of selection to every applicant by 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||Application
Application forms and related guidelines to potential applicants are available on the website.
|Wednesday, September 25, 2019||Deadline for applications
Applications must be sent by e-mail to the International Affairs Subsection
() at RIHN, no later than this date.
|September, 2019||Notification of receipt of applications will be sent to every applicant by email.|
|October - December, 2019||Review and selection
RIHN examines the applications and selects the Visiting Research Fellows at the selection meeting.
|February, 2020||Official Notification
The International Affairs Subsection will notify the selected Visiting Research Fellow of the result with an invitation letter. The RIHN cannot respond to inquiries about the selection until notification.
|From March, 2020||Selected Visiting Research Fellows 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||Visiting Research Fellows come to Japan to start their research.|
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