International Placement Scheme: National Institutes for the Humanities Japan

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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.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 21/01/2016

16.00 on Thursday 21/01/2016.

Outcomes for IPS applications to NIHU will be emailed to candidates and their RO by 1st April 2016.

How to make an application

Candidates MUST ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria as outlined on the main IPS webpage.

Applicants MUST consult the ‘NIHU IPS Application Guidance’. This guidance contains detailed information on eligibility, privileges, application administration and how to apply.

Applicants MUST discuss their application with the most relevant staff member at with their chosen NIHU institution to ensure that the fellowship duration they request is appropriate, and that the materials they wish to consult will be available. NIHU institutional contacts are in the 'NIHU IPS Application Guidance’ above; NIHU collections information is available on their websites.

Applications MUST be made online via the RCUK Je-S system. A sample version of the application form is available here, for information only. Detailed instructions on how to apply via Je-S are published in the above 'NIHU IPS Application Guidance'.

The AHRC cannot accept applications directly from students: the application may not be in the student’s name and the student’s RO must submit the application on their student’s behalf. Student applicants should therefore contact their RO prior to applying to check their internal submission process. Please see the ‘NIHU IPS Application Guidance’ above for further details.

Further Information

IPS fellows discuss their experiences in this short film.

IPS Overview Presentation from AHRC Staff. (pptx file, 15.4MB)

National Institutes for the Humanities Japan, Fellow's presentation by Geoffrey Humble.  (pptx file, 12MB)

IPS Showcases

The AHRC and ESRC hosted two events to showcase IPS opportunities on 2nd (London) and 6th (Manchester) November 2015.

Twitter Chat

The AHRC and IPS fellows and alumni held a Twitter chat from 2-3pm on Wednesday 11th November 2015. Follow the conversation #AHRCIPS.  You can also read a summary of our 2014 & 2013 Twitter chats. 

Previous NIHU IPS Awards

2015 funded Scholarships (PDF, 98KB)

2014 funded Scholarships (PDF, 134KB)

2013 funded Scholarships (PDF, 163KB)

2012 funded Scholarships (PDF, 112KB)

2011 funded Scholarships (PDF, 110KB)

2010 funded Scholarships (PDF, 72KB)

2009 funded Scholarships (PDF, 102KB)


If you have any queries not answered by the scheme guidance documents, please contact or telephone 01793 416060.

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