Harvard Postgraduate Fellowships in Japanese Studies 2017, USA

Harvard University


January 13, 2017


Opportunity Cover Image - Harvard Postgraduate Fellowships in Japanese Studies 2017, USA

The Fellowship Grant:

  1. Each fellowship will cover a 10-month period, beginning September 1, 2017, with a stipend of
    $50,000, health insurance coverage for the grantee and up to $5,000 for research/travel funds.
  2. Postdoctoral fellows will be provided office space, and access to the libraries and resources of
    Harvard University.

Responsibilities of Postdoctoral Fellows: Residence in the Cambridge/Boston area and participation in Institute activities are required during the appointment. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to give a presentation at the Reischauer Institute’s Japan Forum lecture series. During their term of appointment, postdoctoral fellows may have the option to teach one undergraduate course during the fall or spring semester of the academic year, or co-teach an existing course with a current faculty member. Areas of particular interest for 2017-18 tentatively include Japanese popular culture; Japanese imperialism/war memory; gender and politics in East Asia; political economy of Japan; and Japanese Americans in history, culture, politics, and/or society. Broader courses that include, but are not limited to, Japan are especially encouraged. Teaching is not required, nor assured but may be possible. Decisions on what particular courses may be taught by an RIJS Post Doc will be made in conjunction with both the Institute and the Dept.


Applicants must have received their PhD degree in 2012 or later, in Japanese studies in any area of the humanities or social sciences. Those who are chosen to receive fellowships must have completed all requirements for the PhD degree by July 1, 2017.


Applicants may either email one COMPLETE, COLLATED, SINGLE PDF file to <rijspostdoc@fas.harvard.edu> OR send the complete file via WE TRANSFER a free file transfer platform) to < rijspostdoc@fas.harvard.edu>. In the Subject line when sending an email please put RI PD APP & Applicant’s Name. The completed application should consist of the following items in the order listed below. 

  • Cover sheet: on a separate sheet, please provide the following information:

(You may also download cover sheet from our website.)

  1. Name (First, Last and Email
  2. University & Dept. (of PhD)
  3. Field of Study
  4. Thesis title
  5. Date PhD received (or, if pending, give specific timeline)
  6. Names of 2 recommenders
  7. Short summary (~ 40 words) of your research plan at Harvard
  8. Brief statement of teaching interests
  9. Do you have a continuing teaching position? If yes, where? N.B. If teaching, have you obtained approval from your dept. to accept a postdoctoral position (if received) for 2017-18?
  10. Have you previously applied for a Harvard Postdoctoral Fellowship? If yes, when?
  11. Are you currently applying for other postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University?
  • Curriculum vitae: please include citizenship, current and permanent addresses, telephone number(s), email address; academic degrees with dates of conferral, discipline and institution.
  • List of publications (--this may be included in your CV)
  • Dissertation abstract and table of contents (up to 3 pages; be sure your name is designated at top of each page)
  • Plan of research (on separate sheet, up to 2 pages): What do you plan to do at each stage of your research during the fellowship? What particular resources do you intend to use at each stage?
  • What are the advantages of doing your postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard; are there specific individuals you hope to seek out while in residence?
  • Brief Statement of Teaching Interests (up to a page) Your ideas about a few undergraduate courses you might teach, with a sentence or two on how you might approach each if you were to offer it. See above for areas of possible need in 2017-18. In addition, we are especially open to courses that are framed more broadly and that are not limited to Japan. (e.g., Warriors; Literature and Environment; Depressions; East Asia in the International Political Economy.) Because arrangements will need to be negotiated with the relevant departments or programs, applicants are encouraged to list several course titles, in the event that their preferred topic does not correspond with departmental priorities. Successful applicants will be asked to submit course descriptions at a later date.
  • Official transcript of grades Please OPEN your official transcript to scan, as part of your complete application.
  • Two letters of recommendation These must be emailed directly by the application deadline to <rijspostdoc@fas.harvard.edu>. In the email subject line, put RI PD REC and Applicant’s Name


Application materials (as complete and collated PDF file) accepted as:

  1.  Email attachment to <rijspostdoc@fas.harvard.edu>. Indicate RI PD APP and
    Applicant’s Name in Subject Line.
  2. File Transfer via WE TRANSFER,a free file
    transfer platform, to <rijspostdoc@fas.harvard.edu>. Indicate RI PD APP and
    Applicant’s Name in Message Line.
    Direct inquiries to: <rijspostdoc@fas.harvard.edu>

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November 08, 2016