Visiting Faculty Fellowships

The Associated Kyoto Program is pleased to announce its 2020–2021 fellowship competition for consortium faculty members who are interested in teaching and conducting research at the AKP Center in Kyoto. Applicants may apply for either the fall or the spring semester.

Applicants may be Japan specialists, or non-specialists who wish to increase the quality and extent of the Japan component in courses they now teach at their home institutions. No knowledge of the Japanese language is required of applicants who are not Japan specialists. The AKP encourages applications from Japan specialists in Art History, Economics, History, Literature, Political Science, and Religion.

Each fellowship provides a semester stipend of $30,000, paid in dollars to the Fellow’s home institution, and out of which the Fellow will pay his or her own roundtrip travel to Japan. Each fellow will also receive a housing subsidy to cover rent, and will be responsible for one-half utility costs and all telephone charges. No dependent, research, or other allowance is provided.

Each Fellow is expected to offer one course per semester, taught in English to undergraduate students from the participating U.S. colleges. Course content may focus exclusively on Japan, or may involve Japan in a comparative context, as appropriate to the Fellow’s preferences and academic training. Given the program’s Kyoto location, it is expected that the course include attention to the Kansai area (Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe), where feasible. Faculty Fellows chosen for the fall semester may be asked to participate in a joint seminar for AKP and Doshisha students. In addition to teaching, the Fellow is expected to implement a program of research or study in Kyoto designed to enhance his or her professional development.

The Faculty Fellowship Program is designed to provide AKP students from consortium institutions with a strong and diverse set of courses that will enhance their background in Japanese studies, as well as to increase the quality and visibility of Japanese studies on consortium campuses, and support the scholarly activities of faculty members at sponsoring institutions.

Faculty Fellows Application Process

Applicants should consult closely with their AKP Campus Representative or with the Chair of the AKP Board (see below for address). The applicant must submit the following:

  1. A letter of application (including preferred semester)
  2. A detailed, current curriculum vitae (including courses taught)
  3. A detailed 13-week syllabus for the proposed course (with readings and lectures), including a description of how the course will make use of the Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, and Nara) setting, where appropriate
  4. A description of the applicant’s preparation for teaching the course, and of how the course will be incorporated into future curricular offerings on the home campus
  5. A detailed outline of the research/study proposal
  6. An evaluation of the applicant’s teaching performance from the department chair
  7. A letter indicating institutional support from the appropriate administrative officer, such as the Dean of Faculty
  8. A letter of support from the AKP Campus Representative
  9. A list indicating the names, ages, and relationships of family members who would accompany the Fellow to Kyoto

Send completed applications for the 2020–2021 year by Friday, 14 June 2019 to:
Attn: AKP Executive Committee
Associated Kyoto Program
Pomona College, Mason Hall 236
550 N. Harvard Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
Email: [email protected]