2018-19 Digital Fellowship/Digital Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Studies


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Reischauer Institute Digital Fellowship/Digital Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Instructions


The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University invites applications for a Digital Fellow/Digital Postdoctoral Fellow position in Japanese Studies during the 2018-2019 academic year. The position is for 12 months, commencing August 1, 2018, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year.


FELLOWSHIP GRANT:
- Digital Fellow in Japanese Studies (without Ph.D.): stipend of $45,000 with health insurance coverage for the grantee
- Digital Postdoctoral Fellow in Japanese Studies (with Ph.D.): stipend of $60,000 with health insurance coverage for the grantee

RESPONSIBILITIES OF DIGITAL FELLOW/DIGITAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW:
The Digital Fellow/Digital Postdoctoral Fellow position is intended for individuals working in the field of Japanese studies with an interest and commitment to the promotion of digital methods of inquiry, publication, and research and preservation, particularly within the humanities and social sciences.

The Digital Fellow/Digital Postdoctoral Fellow should expect to focus on his/her own research and to participate in the intellectual life of the Reischauer Institute and Harvard communities through engagement with faculty, students, scholars, librarians, and digital technologists.

Responsibilities include:
- Pursuing independent research project that engages both Japan and digital scholarship in the humanities or social sciences
- Assisting in development of ongoing digital initiatives, including the Constitutional Revision Project and Japan Digital Disaster Archive
- Sharing skills and research through dissemination-type activities including workshops, class presentations, and lectures

The Digital Fellow/Digital Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to be in residence in the Cambridge area during the term of appointment. A strong working knowledge of both Japanese and English languages is required. Please note: A doctorate is not required for this position, but applicants who wish to be considered as a Digital Postdoctoral Fellow must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree by July 1, 2018.

DEADLINE: Complete application AND two (or three) letters of recommendation must be received by: March 1, 2018 (Thursday), 5 pm EST

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Applicants may either email application materials to rijspostdoc@fas.harvard.edu OR send via WETRANSFER (a free file transfer platform). Please indicate “RI Digital Fellow APP” or “RI Digital Postdoc Fellow APP” and Applicant’s Name in the subject line of your email, or in the message line if using WeTransfer.

Please submit materials as PDF files. Each application should consist of the following materials in the order listed below:

  1. Name (first, last), Citizenship, and Email Address
  2. Educational/Professional Background
    1. University & Department/Current Employer & Position
    2. Field of Study and/or Field of Expertise
  3. Are you currently applying for other digital fellowships at Harvard or elsewhere? If so, which?

For those applying to the Digital Postdoctoral Fellowship, please also include:
C. Thesis Title
D. Date Ph.D. Received/Expected (if pending, give specific timeline)
E. Have you previously applied for a Harvard postdoctoral fellowship? If yes, when?
F. Are you currently applying for other postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard? If so, which?

4. Names of 2 (or 3) Recommenders

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

  • Personal Statement (on separate sheet, 1 page) that presents the applicant’s understanding of, and experience with, digital scholarship and its past or potential contributions to Japanese Studies.
  • Proposal and Description (on separate sheet, 1 page) of digital scholarship project that the applicant will undertake during the fellowship period.
  • Short essay (on separate sheet, 2 pages)

1. Examining and responding to one of the Reischauer Institute’s ongoing web-based projects — either the Constitutional Revision Project or the Japan Digital Disaster Archive — and suggesting ways that the project might be enhanced, extended, or further developed as a digital resource.

OR

2. Introducing and discussing a digital project or activity that the applicant has created or helped develop and the role it has played in the applicant’s own thinking and development as a digital scholar. Please reference links to websites as supplementary material.

  • Curriculum Vitae: Please include citizenship, current and permanent addresses, telephone number(s), email address; academic degrees with dates of conferral, discipline and institution as well as specific examples of digital projects (with available links to websites) and short explanations of involvement in these projects.
  • (If applicable) Dissertation Abstract and Table of Contents (on separate sheet, up to 3 pages): Please indicate your name at the top of each page.
  • Official Transcript of Grades: Please submit an official electronic transcript, or OPEN your official paper transcript to scan as part of your complete application.
  • Two (or Three) Letters of Recommendation: Two letters are required; the third letter is optional. One letter must be from someone who can comment on your experience relevant to working with digital media. These must be emailed directly to rijspostdoc@fas.harvard.edu by the application deadline. In the email subject line, indicate “RI Digital Fellow REC” or “RI Digital Postdoc REC” and Applicant’s Name.
     

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

Application materials (as a complete file) are accepted as:

(1) Email attachment to rijspostdoc@fas.harvard.edu. Indicate “RI Digital Fellow APP” or “RI Digital Postdoc Fellow APP” and Applicant’s Name in the subject line of the email.

OR

(2) File transfer via WeTransfer (https://wetransfer.com/), a free file transfer platform, to rijspostdoc@fas.harvard.edu. Indicate “RI Digital Fellow APP” or “RI Digital Postdoc Fellow APP” and Applicant’s Name in the message line.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2018 (Thursday), 5 pm EST

Direct inquiries to: rijspostdoc@fas.harvard.edu.