Policy Research Institute


Policy Research Institute
Ministry of Finance

Policy Research Institute (PRI) Visiting Scholar Program

1. Areas of Research

The PRI Visiting Scholar Program accepts researchers or government officials of any nationality, who conduct rigorous research in the field of Japanese economic/fiscal policies, international finance, regional economic cooperation, or development-related studies (preferably focused on Asia for the latter two).

The PRI will consider the relevance of proposed areas of research to the work of the PRI.


2. Eligibility

The applicant must:

(1) be a government official; or hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree in a relevant field with a record of research activities for more than 5 years, in principle,

(2) have sufficient command of English and/or Japanese to perform the research,

(3) submit;

(i)   a completed and signed application form(Excel:45KB)Excel ,

(ii)  recommendation letter(s) written by distinguished government official(s) or scholar(s) , including at least one recommendation letter which proves that the applicant has sufficient English and/or Japanese ability for research ( Please refer to the application form for detail.),

(iii) a 3 to 4 page briefing paper regarding the planned research, and

(iv) if the applicant has written any papers related to the planned research, samples of one or two of them.

3. Duration

3 to 4 months in principle, based on the agreement between the respective visiting scholar and the PRI.

4. Research Facilities and Other Assistance

(1) The PRI provides research space equipped with a personal computer and a fixed-line telephone.

(2) The PRI assists the scholars in making appointments with Japanese government officials, academics, and researchers at private research institutes or private firms.

(3) The PRI provides the opportunity to attend its study groups and seminars.

5. Activities

A visiting scholar must:

(1) submit a research paper as the outcome, and

(2) hold a workshop based on the research paper at the end of the term at the PRI.


6. Expenses and Allowance

The PRI will cover the following expenses and allowance in principle:

(1) Travel expenses (nonresident only, economy class round trip)

(2) Honorarium for a research paper , and

(3) Monthly maintenance allowance


Note 1 : These may be applied if the researcher comes from a developing country or the focus of the research is related to developing countries, and not receiving other scholarships.

Note 2 : Monthly maintenance allowance and honorarium are paid in yen or dollars the following month.


7. Application Deadline for FY2018

The PRI will invite applications from October 20, 2017 to January 19, 2018.

8. Selection Process

Screening is carried out by the PRI through document reviews. Candidates will be notified of their selection results directly by the PRI by mid-February. For FY2018, we plan to accept a few visiting scholars.

For all information please contact:
International Cooperation Division
Policy Research Institute
Ministry of Finance, Japan
3-1-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, 
Tokyo 100-8940 JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3581-4191 Fax: +81-3-5251-2171