Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Studies
Deadline: June 1, 2012

                             April 26, 2012

From: Indra Levy <>

The Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University is pleased to offer a postdoctoral fellowship in Japanese Studies for 2012-13. This award is open to scholars in Japanese literary and cultural studies in any historical period. Applicants must have been awarded their Ph.D. no later than August 31 the year in which the fellowship begins, and may not be more than five years beyond receipt of the doctoral degree. Fellowships may be awarded to those who hold continuing, assistant professor-level teaching positions. U.S. citizenship is not required. The center expects to make one award carrying a 12-month stipend of approximately $50,000. Fellows are required to be in residence in the Stanford area during the appointment period; to teach one course during the academic year; and to participate in all regular Center activities. Stanford University Press will have first right of refusal for manuscripts produced during the postdoctoral appointment.

Submission deadline for the 2012-13 fellowship applications is:
June 1, 2012

(5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)

Go to for complete details.

Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Center for Japanese Religions and Culture and School of Religion, USC

Deadline: March 31, 2012 

The Center for Japanese Religions and Culture (CJRC) and the School of Religion at the University of Southern California invite applications for an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, beginning Fall 2012.  The fellowship is subject to a renewal process after the first year, for a maximum of two years only.  The fellowship has an annual salary in the first year of $59,000, plus a research/travel allowance of $2,000 annually, and fringe benefits. 

The field of specialization is Japanese religions. The Fellow will teach one course each semester in the School of Religion, will be given research space at CJRC, and will be expected to participate in CJRC research relevant to his or her interests.  The Fellow must have a Ph.D. in hand, and should be within 5 years of receiving the Ph.D., at the beginning of the appointment.  

To apply, please submit the following materials to the USC jobs website: an application letter, a CV, and a brief description of your research (including both the dissertation and current/future projects).  In addition, applicants should request that a dossier or three letters of recommendation be submitted to the USC website. The letters should be sent directly by the referees, and one must speak to the candidate's teaching abilities.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. More information about specific job duties, and instructions for applying, can be found at the USC jobs Web site, Please reference requisition #012613.  

The deadline for submission of application is March 31, 2012. USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.


Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism 

University of California, Berkeley 

Deadline: February 15, 2012 

With the generous support of the Shinnyo-en Foundation, the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship. The term of the appointment is July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. 

The Fellowship is intended to foster the academic careers of recent Ph.D.'s, providing time to pursue their research. Fellows will deliver a public lecture on their research as part of the Center for Japanese Studies Colloquium Series. Fellows will be provided with office space, library privileges, and a stipend of approximately $40,000 plus benefits. 

Applicants must have their doctoral degrees in hand by June 30, 2012, and must be no more than six years out of their doctorate. Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2012, should supply a letter from their home institution confirming their schedule to completion. 

Applicants whose research interests are primarily in the areas of Buddhism outside Japan should apply to the Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies, administered through the Center for Buddhist Studies, rather than to the Shinjo Ito Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism. 

Applicants should submit the following materials: 

1. Curriculum vitae 

2. Graduate school transcripts 

3. A personal statement of no more than 2000 words outlining previous research (including dissertation), the research the applicant will undertake during the term of the fellowship, future professional goals, as well as any other information deemed relevant to the application 

4. A writing sample 

5. Three letters of recommendation 

Application Deadline and Notification of Award: 

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be postmarked on or before February 15, 2012. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Only complete applications will be considered. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of recommendation by the closing date. Awards will be announced in March, 2012. Send all materials to: 

Steven Vogel Chair, Center for Japanese Studies Attn: Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism University of California, Berkeley 2223 Fulton Street, Room 500 Berkeley, CA 94720-2318 U.S.A. 

For any questions or concerns, please contact 

UC Berkeley is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator. Women, minorities, and international candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Stanford Humanities Center

posted Apr 1, 2010, 8:37 AM by Matthew Hotham


External fellowships are intended primarily for individuals currently teaching in or affiliated with an academic institution, but independent scholars may apply. Faculty fellowships are awarded across the spectrum of academic ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor) and a goal of the selection process is to create a diverse community of scholars. Applicants who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There are no citizenship requirements for these fellowships; non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply. Awards are made from an applicant pool of approximately 250.

For information, see

The Robert and Lisa Sainbury Fellowships

posted Apr 1, 2010, 8:32 AM by Matthew Hotham


Designed to strengthen academic ties with Japan studies programmes in the United States and Canada, the Institute offers two fellowships on an annual basis to scholars who have either received a PhD from a North American university, or who are currently employed by a North American academic institution or museum. Any area of Japanese culture is eligible, though preference will be given to applications focusing on the history of art, archaeology or architecture, or research with a strong visual component.

The fellowships are intended to provide recipients with an opportunity to work in a scholarly environment conducive to completing a publication project. The maximum term of the fellowships is 12 months, beginning no earlier than 1 July 2008 and no later than 30 November 2008. The award for a full year will total 23,500 pounds sterling (approx. USD 40,000), not subject to UK income tax. Fellows will be covered by the National Health Service.

For additional details, go to:

Japan Foundation

posted Apr 1, 2010, 8:28 AM by Matthew Hotham

JAPAN FOUNDATION: The Japan Foundation promotes mutual understanding and cultural exchange between Japan and other countries. For information and deadlines on their various grant programs open to US applicants, go to their website.

Harvard Postdoctoral Fellowships

posted Apr 1, 2010, 8:23 AM by Matthew Hotham   [ updated Apr 1, 2010, 8:30 AM ]


Application Deadline: January 4, 2010

The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University will offer several postdoctoral fellowships in Japanese studies to recent PhDs of exceptional promise, to give them the opportunity to turn their dissertation into publishable manuscripts.

The Fellowship Grant:

  1. Each fellowship will cover a 10-month period, beginning September 1, 2010, with a stipend of $44,000 health insurance coverage for the grantee and 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 will be expected to contribute to the teaching program at Harvard, normally by offering one undergraduate course during the fall or spring semester of the academic year. Areas of particular interest for 2010-11 tentatively include Japanese literature and film; Japanese popular culture; Meiji  history; 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.

Eligibility: Applicants must have received their PhD degree in 2005 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, 2010.

Application Process

Applicants should submit one original & five copies* of a complete application consisting of the following:

  • Official transcript of grades *(Only 1 original necessary; other 5 copies may be duplicates.)
  • Curriculum vitae: please include citizenship, Social Security number, 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)
  • Two letters of recommendation (signed and sealed). These must be enclosed with application unless an exception is granted (in which case, recommendations being sent separately must reach the Reischauer Institute by the application deadline). *(Only one original of each recommendation needed; the Reischauer Institute will duplicate these.)
  • 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 (up to one page) on your teaching interests, and on 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 2010-11. 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 this is a new requirement and 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.
  • Cover sheet: on a separate sheet, please provide the following information, retyping each question in this order.

• Name
• University & dept. (of PhD)
• Field of Study
• Thesis title
• Date Ph.D. received (or, if pending, give specific timeline)
• Name of 2 recommenders
• Short summary (c. 40 words) of research plan
• Brief statement on teaching interests
• 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 2010-11?
• Have you previously applied for a Harvard postdoctoral fellowship? If yes, when?
• Are you currently applying for other postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard? If so, which?

Mail Completed Application to:
Postdoctoral Fellowships
Reischauer Institute, Harvard University
CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St., Room S234
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Application Deadline: Must be received by January 4, 2010
Award Announcement: February 26, 2010

For further information: contact the Reischauer Institute,
(617) 495-9206, Attn. Dr. Theodore Gilman

Fulbright Scholars Program

posted Apr 1, 2010, 8:22 AM by Matthew Hotham   [ updated Apr 1, 2010, 8:31 AM ]

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS PROGRAM: Administered by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (JUSEC), the Fulbright scholars program gives approximately six research grants of three to nine months each year for research projects in any field of the social schiences or humanities for work to be done in Japan. While preference is given to projects that address the modern period (post-1868), projects of exceptional merit that address the pre-modern period have been funded. For further information and application deadlines, go to the CIES website or contact David Adams, Senior Program Officer for Asia/Middle East for inquiries or go to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) website.

The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture Fellowships

posted Apr 1, 2010, 8:18 AM by Matthew Hotham   [ updated Apr 1, 2010, 8:31 AM ]

For information on various graduate and other fellowships, go to the Center's website:

The Blakemore Foundation

posted Apr 1, 2010, 8:13 AM by Matthew Hotham   [ updated Apr 1, 2010, 8:32 AM ]

THE BLAKEMORE FOUNDATION is accepting applications for grants to support the advanced study of languages of East and Southeast Asia.
* Who is eligible: American citizens or permanent residents who hold bachelor's degrees, who are at or near an advanced level in the language they propose to study, and who are pursuing an academic, professional, or business career that involves the regular use of the language.
* Deadline for applications: December 30, 2010.
* Total amount to be awarded and number of awards: not specified.
* Amount of individual awards: a variable amount for tuition, travel, and living expenses.
Blakemore Foundation awarded 15 grants for $200K total last year (for the study of languages in South and Southeast Asia), so most were probably in the $10-15K range.


Association of Asian Studies

posted Apr 1, 2010, 8:09 AM by Matthew Hotham   [ updated Apr 1, 2010, 8:32 AM ]

THE ASSOCIATION OF ASIAN STUDIES (AAS) provides a very useful and comprehensive list of grants and fellowships relating to Asia:

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