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2024-25 Reischauer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Foreign Languages and Literatures

School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area: Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

Position Description


Applicant Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2023, 5:00PM EST
Recommender Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2024, 5:00PM EST

The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RIJS) at Harvard University will offer several Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies to recent PhD graduates of exceptional promise, to provide the opportunity for postdoctoral fellows to turn their dissertations into publishable manuscripts.

Year-long appointments, commencing August or September 2024.

  • Stipend of $67,000; eligibility for university subsidized health insurance; and up to $5,000 in research funds.
  • Postdoctoral fellows will be provided office space, as well as access to the libraries and resources of Harvard University.
Postdoctoral fellows are expected to reside in the Cambridge area during the appointment term and participate in RIJS activities and events. Postdoctoral fellows will also be expected to give a presentation at the RIJS Japan Forum lecture series.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants must have received their PhD in 2019 or later, in Japanese studies, in any area of the humanities or social sciences. Those who are selected to receive fellowships must have a Registrar-certified PhD degree by June 30, 2024.Please note that the fellowship is contingent upon degree documentation and is subject to rescission if the deadline is not met.

Additional Qualifications

RIJS especially encourages applications from those who have not previously held postdoctoral appointments at Harvard.

Special Instructions

Please note: The applicant and recommender deadlines were separated due to the nature of the ARIeS online system. Only after the application is submitted will the recommender be notified of the recommendation letter request. Applicants, to ensure a smooth process, please communicate with your recommenders in advance of the first deadline on December 15.

Contact Information

Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

Phone: (617) 495-3220

Contact Email:

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required: 2

Maximum Number of References Allowed: 2

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