Doshisha Visiting Fellows

The Associated Kyoto Program is pleased to announce special opportunities for visiting fellows to Doshisha University in 2026. AKP will support a professor to teach a course in any discipline at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. The visiting fellow will be expected to teach in English in their specialty, to meet with and offer advice to students as appropriate, and to participate in activities connected with their department. Please note that this fellowship is for teaching Japanese students at Doshisha University; if you are interested instead in teaching students from US colleges who are studying abroad on the Associated Kyoto Program, please visit the Visiting Faculty Fellowships page for more information.

Applicants should be regular faculty members at an AKP member institution with a strong background in teaching and research. Specialists in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. All teaching and related duties are conducted in English, and knowledge of the Japanese language is not required.

The first semester begins on April 1 and ends in early August; the second semester begins in late September and ends in mid-February. Full courses last approximately 15 weeks, with weekly class sessions of 90 minutes. It may be possible to teach an accelerated course over a shorter period of time in order to better coordinate the fellow’s teaching in Kyoto with their home campus academic calendar in the US.

Doshisha University will provide each fellow with free housing. Utilities, health insurance, and personal incidental expenses will be the responsibility of the fellow. AKP will provide compensation of $30,000 for fellows who teach a full course over an entire Doshisha semester, or a prorated amount for fellows who teach an accelerated course over a shorter period. This compensation will be paid in US dollars to the fellow’s home institution. Fellows must cover their own round-trip travel expenses. No dependent allowances will be paid.

Doshisha Visiting Fellows Application Process

Applicants should consult closely with their AKP Campus Representative or with the AKP US Office. You may direct inquiries to Peter Flueckiger, Chair of the AKP Board of Directors, at [email protected].

The applicant must submit the following:

  1.  A letter of application indicating (a) preferred time period for course (see choices below), (b) a description of the proposed course, (c) a description of the applicant’s preparation for teaching the course, and (d) a list indicating the names, ages, and relationships of family members who would accompany the Fellow to Kyoto.
          – First semester: April 1, 2026 to early August 2026
          – Second semester: late September 2026 to mid-February 2027
          – Intensive term: Designate a 6–8 week period you are available
  2.  A detailed, current curriculum vitae including courses taught.
  3. A detailed syllabus for the proposed course, with 15 class sessions of 90 minutes each. A full semester course should have one session per week for 15 weeks. An accelerated course should have the same 15 sessions, but compressed into a shorter time period.
  4. An evaluation of the applicant’s teaching performance from the department chair.
  5. A letter from the appropriate administrative officer, such as the Dean of Faculty, indicating institutional support for the application and permission for the applicant to be on leave during the relevant semester.
  6. A letter of support from the AKP Campus Representative.

The AKP US Office will forward all applications to Doshisha University, where the final selection will be made.

Send completed application packets for 2026 by December 15, 2023 to [email protected].