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Policy Research Institute
Ministry of Finance,Japan

Policy Research Institute (PRI) Visiting Scholar Program2021

This Program is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19.
We will announce on this page when the program restarts.
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 policy studies in Japanese economy and its fiscal policies, international finance, international trade, regional economic cooperation, or development issues (preferably focused on Asia for the latter two).

The PRI will consider the relevance of proposed topics in accordance with the roles of Ministry of Finance (e.g. budget, tax, customs, foreign exchange policy, foreign direct investment (FDI), official development assistance (ODA)).


2. Eligibility

The applicant must hold following criteria:

(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 a will and the expectation to work closely with Japanese governments and the related agencies,

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

(4) submit:

(i)   a completed and signed application form(Excel:33KB),

(ii)  recommendation letter(s) written by government official(s) or scholar(s), including at least one recommendation letter which proves that the applicant has sufficient English and/or Japanese ability to make sure the smooth implementation of the research (Please see the application form in the details),

(iii) 3 to 4 pages of research proposal, and

(iv) one or two sample papers that is relevant to the research proposal if available.

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 for the program output, 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) Maintenance allowance


Note 1 : These are applied if the researcher is from a developing country or the focus of the research is related to developing issues, and not receiving any other scholarships.

Note 2 : Monthly maintenance allowance and honorarium are paid in JPY or USD the following month. In some cases, the timings of the payments will be several months later.


7. Application Deadline for FY2021

We will announce when the program restarts.

8. Selection Process

The screening is carried out by the PRI through the application review. Candidates will be notified of their selection results directly by the PRI by the mid-February. For FY2020, 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: +81-3-5251-2220


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