Edwin O. Reischauer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2018 – USA

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The  Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RI) at Harvard University will offer several Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies to recent Ph.D. graduates of exceptional promise, to provide an opportunity to turn their dissertation into publishable manuscripts.

Fellowship Grant :

  1. Each fellowship will cover a 10-month period beginning September 1, 2018, with a stipend of $50,000, health insurance coverage for the grantee, and up to $5,000 in 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 area and participation in RI activities are required during the appointment. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to give a presentation at the RI 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 2018-19 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 neither required nor assured, but may be possible. Decisions on what particular courses may be taught by an RI Postdoctoral Fellow will be made in conjunction with both the RI and the academic department.


  • Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree in 2013 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 Ph.D. degree by July 1, 2018.

DEADLINEComplete application AND two letters of recommendation must be received by: January 5, 2018 (Friday), 5 pm EST



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