Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC)Visiting Scholars

We have a large number of visiting scholars every year. We welcome a wide range of researchers who want to conduct research or visitors who wish to hold shorter meetings and discuss with ICC members.

Institute affiliation may be of varying duration and there are no fixed deadlines for applications. Processing your request, however, may take a whlie depending on ICC member's meeting and university schedule. Allow ample time for application proccessing, and check with your sponsor professor or the ICC office in advance.

Please note that ICC resources are very limited, so not all applicants may be accommodated as visiting scholars. All applicants should be sponsored by a current member of ICC, and preference is given to applicants working closely with current institute members on research projects.

PhD candidates conducting research in relevant fields may apply for affiliation. We can only accept PhD candidates with external funding for their research projects in Japan, and with a faculty sponsor at Sophia who is an ICC member.

Those who would like to become a visiting scholar at ICC should contact the Institute Director directly through the institute email address. (See the instructions below)

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Instructions for Applying as Visiting Scholar
(Visiting Fellow 客員所員/Collaborative Fellow 共同研究所員)
Professional Researchers, Full-time Professors, University Faculty

List of documents that need to be sent to the Director of ICC

A full CV (with your date of birth, nationality, and address & contact number of your home organization clearly stated) with a photo for your ID card

・A Plan of your research (with starting date and ending date of your requested affiliation stated)

・A letter addressed to the Institute Director explaining why you wish to be affiliated with ICC

IMPORTANT: All applications should be accompanied by a letter of sponsorship from a current ICC member. This letter can be sent separately by email

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Instructions for Applying as Visiting Scholar
(Visiting Researcher 準所員)
PhD Candidates

List of documents that need to be sent to the Director of ICC

A full CV (with your date of birth, nationality, and address & contact number of your home organization clearly stated) with a photo for your ID card

・A Plan of your research (with starting date and ending date of your requested affiliation stated)

・A letter addressed to the Institute Director explaining why you wish to be affiliated with ICC

・A copy of the grant letter received from your funding agency

IMPORTANT: All applications should be accompanied by a letter of sponsorship from a current ICC member. This letter can be sent separately by email

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The institute is unable to provide any help in sponsoring visas nor any financial assistance to visiting researchers.

No accommodation support can be given by the institute either.

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See lists of current and past ICC Visiting Researchers
2015-2016
2014-2015
2013-2014
2012-2013
2011-2012
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2009-2010
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