HARVARD POSTDOCTURAL FELLOWSHIPS
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
The Fellowship Grant:
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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.
sheet: on a separate sheet, please provide the following
information, retyping each question in this order.
• 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
• Are you currently applying for other postdoctoral fellowships at
Harvard? If so, which?
Mail Completed Application to:
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
For further information:
Award Announcement: February 26, 2010
(617) 495-9206, Attn. Dr.