Visiting Research Scholars, Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Visiting Research Scholars, Center for Southeast Asian Studies

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Kyoto University (46 Shimoadachi-cho, Yoshida Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
606-8501 Japan) is now accepting applications from scholars and researchers who work on Southeast Asia,
on comparative and regional issues from a multi-area perspective, and are interested in spending time
in Kyoto, Japan, in order to conduct research, write, or pursue other scholarly interests in connection
with their field of study.

Since 1963, more than three hundred distinguished scholars have visited the Center for periods ranging from
six months to one year. They have availed themselves of the Center's considerable scholarly resources and the
invigorating atmosphere of scenic Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan and the main repository of the country's
cultural treasures, to pursue their interests in Southeast Asian area studies. The Center's multi-disciplinary
character and the diverse research interests of its faculty offer visiting research scholars an ideal opportunity
for the exchange of ideas and the cultivation of comparative perspectives.

Seven fellowships will be awarded for 2017-2018 on a competitive basis. Fellowships are normally for a sixmonth
duration, although in exceptional cases they can be extended for an additional six months.

Successful applicants will receive an appropriate stipend to cover international travel and living expenses in
Kyoto. Research funds will be provided to facilitate his/her work. Funds will also be allocated for domestic
travel, subject to government regulations. Visiting Research Scholars are considered as employees of Kyoto
University and are therefore subject to some of the University’s regulations. They will be expected to reside in
Kyoto for the duration of their fellowship. They are expected to deliver a public lecture during their term at the
Center and participate in conferences and other academic activities within Japan as representatives of the
CSEAS. They are strongly encouraged to contribute to the Center's journal, Southeast Asian Studies, the online
journal Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, and other in-house publications, and contribute to expanding the
CSEAS’ global alumni network.


Seven fellowships, including one librarian position, will become available on the following dates:

1) October 1, 2017
2) December 1, 2017
3) January 9, 2018 (librarian)
4) February 1, 2018
5) April 1, 2018
6) May 1, 2018

Working hours

Your working hours are determined according to the discretionary labor system, based on 7 hours, 45 minutes
(8:30-17:15 work schedule with a one-hour break) per day, 38 hours, 45 minutes work-week.
Holiday: Saturday, Sunday, national holidays, Year-end and New Year holidays, School's founding day,
Summer vacation at the designated offices.


Kyoto University will determine the scale of your monthly salary in accordance with your position in your
home-based institutional affiliation at the time that your employment contract with Kyoto University begins.
The range of the monthly salary is between 450,000 yen, 550,000 yen and 650,000 yen (depending on your
current position at your institution), and social insurance fee, employment insurance fee and /or income tax will
be deducted from the amount, which will be approximately 35 % of the salary. If the employment begins or
ends in the middle of a month, payment is calculated on a daily basis, according to the number of working days.
A commuter allowance will also be paid under the same rules as those pertaining to Japanese instructors.

Social insurance

You will be asked to join the workers’ compensation insurance, employment insurance and social insurance,which
consists of the Employees’ Health Insurance System and the Employees’ Pension Insurance System.


Applicants must be productive scholars of high reputation under 65 years of age at the time of the fellowship
appointment; those over 65 may be considered only if they are outstanding. This fellowship is not available to
individuals currently pursuing graduate degrees or post-doctoral studies. Only experienced librarians are
eligible to apply for the library position.

Scholars who have previously held CSEAS fellowships must wait six years after the completion of their
fellowships before reapplying.

Application Procedure

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application via e-mail. Email applications must have the following
attached documents (A4 size in PDF or MS word format):

a) a completed application form (can be downloaded from here)
b) a curriculum vitae (not exceeding 5 pages, must include research experience and a list of main
c) two referees

Applicants must also contact their respective referees and request them to send their letters of
recommendations to CSEAS via email. The letter should be written in their institution’s letterhead.

Email applications and letters of recommendations must be sent to this address:
(Important note: please put “CSEAS fellowship” as the subject or title of the email message, otherwise your
message will not reach us).

Applicants with no access to email may write to CSEAS to ask for an application form. They must then submit
the above forms, as well as ask their referees to send their sealed letters of recommendation directly to:

General Affairs Section
Attention: CSEAS Fellowship
Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University
46 Shimoadachi-cho, Yoshida Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he or she has submitted all the necessary documents.
Application materials will not be returned.

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship must reach us no later than M a r c h 31, 2017 regardless of
the postmarked date. We regret that we cannot entertain individual queries or follow-ups about the results
of selection by email, fax, or telephone.

Applicants will be notified of their application status by the end of June 2017.

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