Research Grants

2021-2024:  Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), “Anthropological Study on Ritual Language,

                    Song Making, and Poetry Chants in Contemporary Fiji” (21K01055)

2018-2021:  Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS),

                    For Early-Career Scientists “Anthropological Research on Ritual and Environmental Discourse in Melanesia, Fiji” (JP26870634)

2016-2017:  Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Publication, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), “Semiotics of Ritual: Linguistic Anthropological

                    Study of Myths / Poetic Texts in Melanesia, Fiji” (16HP5115)

2014-2018:  Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

                    For Young Scientists (B) “Anthropological Research on Myth and Environmental Discourse in Dawasamu, Fiji” (JP26870634)

2011:           Sompo Environment Foundation: Grant Program for Doctoral Course Students

                    “Environmental Anthropological Study on Community Based Marine Resource Conservation in Fiji”

2011:           Shoichi Kaneko’s Scholarship, Graduate School of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University

2011:            Rikkyo University Special Fund for Research

Research Fellowships

2021-2022:   Harvard - Yenching Institute Advanced Training Program in Linguistic and Semiotic Anthropology led by Professor Nicholas Harkness.

2013-2014:   JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (Postdoctoral Fellow: PD)

2012-2013:   JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (Doctoral Course Students: DC2)

Researcher's Projects

Yuichi Asai is engaging in ethnographic research which reveals how human sociocultural space-time is created through speech event and language use from linguistic and semiotic anthropological perspectives. His main research derives from fieldwork conducted in the Fiji Islands, Melanesia, and examines the characteristics of Fijian chief installation ritual and mythical cosmology, through linguistic analysis of Fijian language.