KCJS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Studies

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is searching for a KCJS Postdoctoral Fellow for the academic year 2023-24, with the possibility of extension. Based at Doshisha University in Kyoto, KCJS is an undergraduate study abroad program governed by a consortium of thirteen American universities and administered by the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement at Columbia University. 

The KCJS Fellow is expected to engage in their own research and teach one course each semester in Kyoto. One course should be in the fellow’s own field of interest, while the second should be a broad introductory survey of Japanese civilization. Such a survey may be provided with a particular disciplinary emphasis, such as art, religion, or literature. Both courses should be designed to appeal to a wide range of majors and take full advantage of KCJS’s location, preferably encompassing local excursions, hands-on demonstrations, and/or observations. Preference will be given to candidates with the capacity to deliver such courses and those who can demonstrate a commitment to delivering engaging, immersive learning experiences that are both rigorous and accessible. 

Additional responsibilities include: assisting the resident director with academic planning and semester orientations; mentoring students on academic matters, career planning, and life in Japan; assisting the resident director in reviewing independent study proposals and summer research proposals; supervising independent studies; presenting their research regularly; and occasionally attending KCJS-sponsored curricular and extra-curricular events. These responsibilities and other professional development opportunities provide the Fellow with strong teaching experience and a broad overview into undergraduate global education. The Fellow is also expected to engage in the academic life of Kyoto through involvement in research study groups at Doshisha and other local institutions.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in a Japan-related field by the start of the fellowship. It is preferred that the candidate has relevant undergraduate teaching experience, previous experience living or studying in Japan, and Japanese language and cultural fluency.

The position is hired in Japan through the KCJS. The term of appointment is from August 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024, with the possibility of an extension to May 2025, pending mutual agreement and the approval of the relevant committees. 

For more information about the KCJS program, please visit https://global.undergrad.columbia.edu/program/kcjs-semester


Application process

Candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae that indicates anticipated date of dissertation defense, if applicable, and a list of previous courses taught; most recent course evaluations; and two syllabi for proposed KCJS courses, preferably including concrete details about prospective texts, assignments, and excursions, etc. Three letters of reference attesting to the candidate’s qualifications are also required. 

When beginning an application, when you are asked the following, please assume the answers refer to where your PhD was or will be conferred:

  • Expected Graduation Month and Year
  • Home School
  • Major or Concentration (Discipline)

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Application date
1 academic year (renewable)
Social sciences