CJS Affiliate Program

The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) promotes and disseminates research on Japan, fosters communication among diverse disciplines, and encourages new approaches in the understanding of Japan and its place in the world. Founded in 1947, CJS is the oldest interdisciplinary center in the United States devoted exclusively to Japanese studies.

CJS has been a hub of interdisciplinary research for faculty and researchers from a variety of disciplines and professional schools at the University of Michigan who are substantially engaged in research and/or teaching on Japan or have an interest in Japanese studies. To expand this intellectual community and develop a local Japanese studies community, CJS launched a pilot program called CJS Affiliates in 2012. The program is designed to reach out to alumni of U-M graduate and professional programs who are engaged in research and/or teaching on Japan or have an interest in Japanese studies as well as to non-UM-alumni scholars at other institutions in the region (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana) engaged in research and/or teaching on Japan.


Those in one of the following three categories are eligible to apply:

  1. Alumni of U-M graduate or professional programs who are engaged in research and/or teaching on Japan or have an interest in Japanese studies.
  2. Scholars based at colleges or universities in the region (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana) who are engaged in research and/or teaching on Japan, including U-M adjunct faculty/researchers as well as UMHS residents..
  3. Former U-M faculty, visiting instructional faculty, visiting scholars, and postdoctoral fellows who are nominated by CJS Members.

Application Procedures

Submit the following items by email to umcjs@umich.edu.

(1) A copy of your current C.V. (5 pages or less)

(2) A statement describing the following 3 points (a total of 1,000 words or less):

a) Your accomplishments in Japanese Studies

b) Your current projects in Japanese Studies

c) How you anticipate your affiliation with CJS would be useful to both you and CJS

Application Deadlines

September 15 and March 15 annually. All complete applications are reviewed by the CJS Executive Committee and applicants will be notified of decisions.


The affiliation is for 1 year with the possibility of renewal.


  • CJS Affiliates are included in CJS’s email list and receive notices of academic events and research/funding opportunities.
  • Regular faculty from other universities and colleges in the State of Michigan as well as from Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) member institutions are eligible for free borrowing privileges at the U-M Library. For Affiliates who do not fall under this category, CJS can assist with acquiring free borrowing privileges as a U-M Library “Visiting Scholar.”
  •  CJS Affiliates are eligible for a uniqname (a U-M computing ID).  UM alumni are encouraged to keep their uniqname (free of charge for limited services) rather than acquire a new one through the CJS Affiliate Program; for details, please contact the
    U-M Information and Technology Services.
  • UM alumni are encouraged to keep their MCards and renew them on their own. For details, please see the MCard website. For non-UM-alumni Affiliates, CJS can assist with the MCard application.

Please note that the Center cannot provide office space, phone/fax/computer access, mail boxes, business cards, administrative/translation services, research assistance, or parking permits.


Yuri Fukazawa, Program Administrator, Center for Japanese Studies
Phone: 734.764.6307
Email: yurif@umich.edu