Postdoctoral Fellowship on Contemporary Japan

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Postdoctoral Fellowship on Contemporary Japan

Promoting multidisciplinary research on contemporary Japan

Call for Applications

APARC invites applications for the 2022-23 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Contemporary Japan. The application deadline is Monday, January 3, 2022. Scroll down for details about the application process.

About the Japan Program Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Japan Program is excited to offer a postdoctoral fellowship position to junior scholars for research and writing on contemporary Japan. The fellowship focuses on supporting research in a broad range of disciplines including political science, economics, sociology, law, policy studies, and international relations.

Appointments begin in the fall quarter of the academic year. The fellowships are limited to recent PhDs: applicants cannot be more than three years past the awarding of their doctoral degree at the time of application. They must have degree conferral and official approval/certification no later than June 30 prior to the fellowship start date (that is, no later than June 30, 2022, for 2022-23 fellowships starting in fall 2022).

The postdoctoral fellow is required to be in residence for the duration of the appointment and to take part in Japan Program activities throughout the academic year. The fellow is also required to present their research findings in program seminars and participate in APARC’s publication program. The postdoctoral fellowship is a 10-month appointment starting October 1 with a salary of approximately $60,000 (annual rate of $72,000), or commensurate with Stanford policy, plus up to $2,000 for research expenses.

Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must be recent Ph.D.s and cannot be more than 3 years past the awarding of their doctoral degree at the time of application.
  • Must have dissertation submission and approval for conferral by June 30, 2022.
  • Certification of degree completion and conferral must be submitted no later than August 31, 2022.

Application Process

The application period for the 2022-2023 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Contemporary Japan is open from September 14, 2021 through January 3, 2022.

I. Fill out the following online application form:

II. Upload the following materials to the online form, in PDF format:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certification of degree completion and conferral (if applicable)
  • A short research statement (not to exceed five typed pages, double spaced) that describes the research to be undertaken including the topic, methodology, contribution to the field(s), as well as the proposed publishable product.

III. Submit the Completed Application Form

IV. Submit Letters of Recommendation

Email THREE (3) letters of recommendation (in PDF format) to We will accept official letters of recommendation from the applicant, a dossier service, or directly from references.

Application Deadline

All applications must be received by noon Pacific Time on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Application Confirmation

Once we have received all components of your application, including three recommendations, we will send you an email confirming the completion of your application. If you have not received this email, you may send an email checking your application status.

Note: Please be advised that Stanford University will close for winter break from December 20, 2021, to January 2, 2022, and response time to inquiries during this period may be delayed.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its scholarly community. We welcome applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching missions.


For questions about the Japan Program fellowship and the fellowship application process, please contact Fellowship Coordinator Kristen Lee at

For information about being a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford, such as housing, cost of living, and other resources, please visit the website of Stanford's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

For questions and information related to international scholars, please visit the website of Stanford’s Bechtel International Center.