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Visiting Fellowships

AIAS-WASEDA Visiting Fellowships (for researchers connected to WASEDA/WIAS, Tokyo)

As part of a mutual exchange collaboration, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies at Aarhus University offers one-two visiting fellowships to researchers from WASEDA University and/or Waseda Institute of Advanced Study. The visiting fellowships are open to outstanding researchers who are looking for an opportunity to engage in the international and interdisciplinary research community of AIAS and to collaborate with the research environments at Aarhus University (AU).

Visiting fellows will have their daily office space at AIAS, and will have the opportunity to participate in the activities at AIAS and at the relevant research environments at AU. AIAS offers optimal office facilities, and a thriving international and interdisciplinary community with joint social and academic activities.

AIAS - Interdisciplinary engagement and diversity

AIAS is an Institute that breaks down disciplinary and national boundaries and provides the framework and the setting for dialogue and discussions that challenge and expand the conventional ways of thinking and contribute to collaborative research. As AIAS has fellows from all over the world and from all academic disciplines, visiting fellows will therefore be an integral part of a much wider and global research community. AIAS strives to create not only an interdisciplinary, but also an inclusive academic environment and applications are welcome regardless of race, religion, nationality, sex, gender, and disability.


Applicants must have a PhD and a minimum of two years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application deadline. AIAS-WASEDA Visiting Fellowships are without salary, and it is therefore expected that successful applicants will bring their salary with them from their home institution. Applicants should also have established contact with a researcher or research community at AIAS or Aarhus University. An open-minded approach and a curiosity to other academic disciplines than your own is a great advantage.

Fellowship duration

Applicants can apply for a visiting fellowship with a duration of 1-2 months within the calendar years 2024 and 2025. Fellowships cannot take place during January and July-August.

Benefits of an AIAS-WASEDA Visiting Fellowship

  • Office space and access to the lecture hall and meeting room facilities at AIAS
  • Integration into an inspiring interdisciplinary and international research community
  • Access to all social and academic activities at AIAS
  • Administrative support for hosting academic events and conferences
  • Travel costs are covered by the sending institution (WASEDA/WIAS)
  • Accommodation in Aarhus (for one person in university housing or equivalent) is covered by AIAS.

Application deadlines 

Application deadlines vary according to start date:

  • Application deadlines vary according to start date:

  • May 1, 2024: for visiting fellowships starting in the fall of 2024.
  • November 1, 2024, for visiting fellowships starting in the spring of 2025.

Early applications for later starting dates are always welcome. After each application deadline, the AIAS Review Board for visiting fellowships (with a representative from each AU faculty) will assess the applications, and answers will be sent out within 30 days to all applicants.

Application requirements and process

The application must include:

  • Letter of motivation (max 2 pages)
  • CV of applicant (including selected list of publications, max 5 pages)
  • Letter of support from an Aarhus University contact
  • Exact dates of preferred start and end dates of your fellowship

Applications must be submitted online via the system GrantOne.

AIAS Visiting Fellowships (for Aarhus University faculty)

Researchers from Aarhus University/ AIAS can also join WIAS/ Waseda University through the ‘WIAS Visiting Fellowships’ - find more information about the call and how to apply here.


Application deadlines vary according to start date:

  • May 1, 2024: for visiting fellowships starting in the fall 2024.
  • November 1, 2024for visiting fellowships starting in the spring 2025.


  • Helle Villekold at helle@aias.au.dk or on +45 30588129 for further information.

The Visiting Research Fellowship at AIAS is an amazing experience. The Institute is full of opportunities for engagement across disciplinary lines. The regular seminars are informative and intellectually stimulating. The meals together create community, and the building itself is in a very pleasant green setting that is conducive to reflection and intellectual work. The staff is extremely competent and supportive.

AIAS-Visiting Fellow, Andre Costopoulos

Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Alberta, Canada

Spending part of my sabbatical as an AIAS-Visiting Fellow has given me just the space and time I needed to reconnect with my research, and with writing. The staff, Fellows, and facilities at AIAS are brilliant: there was peace and quiet, as well as occasions for making new cross-disciplinary and international friendships. I am delighted to have had this opportunity!

AIAS-Visiting Fellow, Anna Collar

Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, UK