The Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan is now accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Studies for the 2021–2022 academic year. This Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to teach three courses over the academic year, as well as to participate in Center events and related activities at U-M. The applicant’s research can cover any historical period of Japan—including contemporary Japan—and involve any academic discipline in the humanities and social sciences. The fellowship will cover up to a 12-month period between August 30, 2021 and August 28, 2022, and will carry a salary of approximately $57,000 plus benefits, pending Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO) negotiations, as well as $3,000 in research funds. The postdoctoral fellow will be provided a shared office and access to libraries and resources at the University.


  • Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree within five years of the postdoctoral appointment year (2016 or later).
  • The successful applicant must have their Ph.D. degree conferred by August 31, 2021.
  • Applicants are expected to have full command of the English language as University of Michigan classes, meetings and business are conducted in English.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted on this website by March 15, 2021 and will require the following items (only PDF and MS Word formats will be accepted):

  • Letter of Application
  • CV
  • Research statement outlining experience and current project(s)
  • Teaching statement outlining courses taught in the past (with course evaluations) and courses proposed to be taught at Michigan
  • Writing sample (e.g. dissertation chapter, conference paper, journal article), not to exceed 40 pages
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

For Inquiries, please contact the Center for Japanese Studies at