Job Opening: Reischauer Policy Research Fellow

Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program

Program Overview:

Inaugurated in May 2013, the Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program is a critical element of the Reischauer Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. It is designed to support the Center’s various research initiatives, while also providing recent undergraduate or graduate students with broad practical experience regarding the public and private-sector analysis process. Fellowships are paid and tenable for one academic year beginning in late August 2017 with the potential for renewal for an additional year.

While the Reischauer Center’s website is currently under construction, more information about our activities can be found on our Facebook page (@ReischauerCenter). Please direct any questions about the position or application process to Alexander Evans, Research and Program Coordinator, at

Job Description:

Research Fellows personally assist Dr. Kent Calder, Director of the Reischauer Center, with projects related to the Center’s mission of supporting the study of transpacific and intra-Asian relations. Recent topics include, but are not limited to: the role of cities in global governance; the functioning of Washington’s ‘idea industry’ and government-business relations; policy best practices in U.S.-Japan relations such as healthcare, infrastructure, and agriculture; global energy policy; and comparative Eurasian political economy.

Fellows also provide logistical support for seminars, luncheons, and conferences offered by the Reischauer Center. They are able to interact with senior researchers affiliated with the Center as part of our Visiting Scholars Program, who typically join us for one academic year from various government agencies in Japan. Furthermore, Fellows are welcome to participate in events in the larger Johns Hopkins SAIS community and are frequently able to attend courses in the Japan Studies department.

Ideal Qualifications and Skills:

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Political Science, International Relations, Economics, History, East Asian Studies, or a related field
      Interest in the regional issues of East Asia
    •  Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and familiarly with online academic databases
    • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting
    • Fluency in relevant languages such as Japanese, Korean, or Chinese

How to Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter, and a 1,000 word writing sample to the Reischauer Center at Previously submitted papers or memos are acceptable, as well as excerpts of longer works.

Interested applicants should apply as soon as possible since applications will be considered on a rolling basis for three positions with final decisions made no later than July 14, 2017.

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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