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Visiting Research Fellow application procedure / information

The Institute of Social Science accepts Visiting Research Fellows (VRF) as part of our efforts to strengthen international academic exchanges. Faculty members, researchers, and doctoral students at a university, research institute, or an equivalent organization outside of Japan are eligible to apply. If you intend to apply for affiliation with ISS in this category, please refer to the “Guide for ISS Visiting Research Fellows” for further instructions.


Applicants should first contact a faculty member at ISS (full or associate professor) to request formal sponsorship of their visit. The ISS sponsor will then contact the ISS Director to ascertain the availability of office space and resources during the dates requested. The Director's Office will then contact the applicant with the formal application.


Please note that applicants should submit their full application forms at least three months before the intended start date.