Hosei International Fund Foreign Scholars Fellowship

In 1980, Hosei University in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of its founding, established the Hosei International Fund (HIF) to  advance international cooperation in academic research and scholarship. As one undertaking covered by this fund, academics may  apply to the HIF Fellowship Program, also known as the Foreign Scholars Fellowship Program, as described below.


Invitations are extended to young scholars from abroad who are, at the least, enrolled in a doctoral degree program to apply to the HIF Fellowship Program to carry out non-degree research programs at Hosei University under the direction of and/or in cooperation with Hosei faculty and researchers. It is expected that joint cooperation and coordination with Hosei faculty will contribute much to the development of the university’s research capabilities.


Applicant must:

  • be foreign national (includes stateless person, foreign national currently residing in Japan)
  • be presently enrolled in a doctoral degree program, hold a Doctorate, or its equivalent as recognized by the University
  • have sufficient fluency in either Japanese or English
  • be no more than 39 years of age as of April 1, 2018
  • not have been a previous recipient of this fellowship

Research Areas

Research areas include those studies in the humanities, social or natural sciences, or engineering as deemed acceptable by Hosei.

Positions are not available in medical or veterinary sciences, pharmacology, nursing, agriculture, marine sciences, home economics, fine arts.

Any research involving the import/export of components and/or technology which could lead to creation, production and development of weapons of mass destruction is unacceptable in accordance with Japanese Government policy.

Fellowship Period

6 months

The academic year begins in April and ends in March; however, HIF Fellows can begin their research either in April or October of 2018.

Fellowship Grant

An HIF Fellow can receive ¥ 300,000 each month.

Travel Grant and Other Perequisites

An HIF Fellow can receive all or part of economy class transportation expenses for travel to and from Japan. The travel subsidy for round-trip travel is ¥ 300,000 maximum (or up to ¥ 150,000 for one way travel).

To receive the inbound travel subsidy, the researcher must be living outside Japan; to receive the outbound subsidy a researcher must leave Japan within 30 days of completion of the research program.

An HIF Fellow may receive assistance in his/her research from the research advisor, participate in lectures and seminars, and use other facilities of Hosei University.

An HIF Fellow will be provided with shared office space, PC, and a Hosei University network ID.


Hosei University will provide, upon request, a furnished apartment. However, the rent (approximately ¥ 100,000 per month) must be borne by the Fellow. (Note that rental expenses are subject to change)


The HIF Fellow must submit a research paper in Japanese or English to the Global Education Center, Hosei University, within a month of completion of research here; the papers will comprise the HIF Fellowship Program Papers publication “Hosei University International Fund Foreign Scholars Fellowship Reports” issued by the Center every two years.

Within 2 years of completion of his/her research, the HIF Fellow shall make public the results or findings verbally or in written form, via academic paper, academic journal, book, international conference, or symposium. The HIF Fellow shall acknowledge in his report that the research was conducted under the auspices of the Hosei International Fund (HIF) Foreign Scholars Fellowship and shall submit the copies of the results of his/her research to Hosei University.

During the Fellowship period while in residence on campus, with the support and direction of the research advisor, in a measure of reciprocity, the Fellow shall assist in fostering awareness of the program through lectures and/or seminars concerning the research and its results for University students, faculty, and staff.

Other Conditions

All statements made in the application must be true and correct in every detail; if found otherwise, the grant will be withdrawn.

Grantees who are concurrently awarded a scholarship from any other institution or organization in Japan will have their HIF grants suspended or reduced according to the amount received from these outside sources.

The Fellow may not engage in any paid activities for a Japanese or foreign institution, while receiving the HIF Fellowship.

Selection Procedure

A committee will be set up to select HIF Fellowship recipients according to the documents submitted.

The results will be mailed to all applicants on December 8, 2017.

No inquiries concerning the committee decision process will be answered.

If the academic advisor is not found, the applicant may fail.

Application date
2 Jun 2017
6 months
Asia Japan
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 10 years
Award granted
¥ 300.000/month + travel subsidy