Job Opening: Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is pleased to announce the new position of KCJS Postdoctoral Fellow (discipline open), beginning in academic year 2018-19. Based at Doshisha University, KCJS is an undergraduate study abroad program governed by a consortium of thirteen American universities and administered by the Office of Global Programs & Fellowships at Columbia University.

The KCJS Fellow is expected to engage in their own research while teaching one course each semester in Kyoto. One course should be in the fellow’s own field of special interest, while the second course, normally taught in the spring semester, should be a broad introductory survey of Japanese civilization, aimed at students who are just beginning to learn about Japan. Such a survey may be provided with a particular disciplinary emphasis—such as art, religion, or literature—but both courses should be designed to appeal to a wide range of majors and take full advantage of the KCJS location, in order to enrich the students’ knowledge of Kyoto and the Kansai region.

Additional responsibilities include: assisting the resident director with the students’ academic orientation session at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters; advising students on academic and career planning matters; and attending occasional KCJS-sponsored co-curricular events. The Fellow is also expected to engage in the academic life of Kyoto through involvement in research study groups at Doshisha or other local universities.

The term of appointment is from August 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019, with a ten-month salary of $50,000 or the equivalent. Round-trip transportation from the U.S. to Japan for the fellow and immediate family members which may include a spouse/partner and one child under 18 years of age will be provided, and up to $5,000 is reimbursable for research expenses

For more information about the KCJS program, please visit

 Application Process

Candidates must have the Ph.D. defended by July 1, 2018. Applications are due by Monday, January 15, 2018, and a final decision will be made by early March.

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, including a list of previous courses taught (if any) and course evaluations if available; anticipated date of dissertation defense; and two course descriptions as specified above. All application materials, including three letters of reference attesting to the candidate’s qualifications, should be sent to Fay Ju, Associate Dean of Columbia Global Education Programs (, as well as any further inquiries about the KCJS fellowship.

About Paula

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