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International Placement Scheme: National Institutes for the Humanities Japan

Enhance your research with a fellowship of up to six months at National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) in Japan.

Exciting opportunities exist for early career researchers, post-doctoral research assistants and AHRC-funded doctoral students to undertake three to six month funded fellowships at the National Institutes for the Humanities, as part of the International Placement Scheme (IPS).

About National Institutes for the Humanities

National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) consists of six Inter-University Research Institutes which collectively support academic research on culture and the humanities:

NIHU's institutes are national repositories of cultural materials; they offer world-class research facilities for scholars with an interest in exploiting the extensive collections they hold.

NIHU publishes an annual guide to its institutions and activities.

IPS NIHU candidates are likely to be scholars in Japanese or Asian studies; however, NIHU’s collections and expertise may be of interest to scholars in many other academic areas. The National Museum of Ethnology, for example, would be excellent for scholars of heritage or museum studies. Details of the past IPS NIHU research titles can be found in the ‘Further Information’ section below. Many of the NIHU institutes do not have a requirement for Japanese language skills. See the ‘NIHU IPS Application Guidance’ below for further details.

About the International Placement Scheme

The annual International Placement Scheme (IPS) provides funded research fellowships at world-leading international research institutions for early career researchers, research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*-funded PhD students. From 2016, IPS fellowships are available at:

* ESRC candidates are eligible to apply to LoC, but not the other IPS institutions.

IPS NIHU Privileges

IPS fellowships at NIHU are for three to six months. For this round, IPS NIHU fellowships may be taken from 1st July 2016 and must be completed by 30th June 2017.

NIHU IPS fellows receive a contribution of up to £800 towards their flights costs, their visa costs paid, plus £1200 for each month of the fellowship (in addition to their normal stipend paid as part of any existing AHRC award).

NIHU IPS fellows will have a working space, and enjoy access to the collections, resources, facilities, curators and other scholars at their chosen NIHU institution.

NIHU IPS fellows will have opportunities to take part in workshops, conferences, symposia, special lectures, as well as present work to peers and mentors, and the opportunity to network and forge international contacts and collaborations.