Apply to become a Policy Innovations Fellow

Policy Innovations Fellowship

Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, in Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), will offer one Postdoctoral Fellowship, which includes a teaching component, during the 2022-23 academic year. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be actively engaged in research and teaching related to “Policy Innovations in Crises: New Pathways for Japan-U.S. Cooperation.” This fellowship is made possible by generous support from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP). For any questions, please email:

Fellowship Grant

The award is for $70,000 paid in monthly installments, with eligibility for university subsidized health insurance coverage for the grantee.


The Policy Innovations Fellow is expected to reside in the Boston area during the appointment term
and teach one course on Japanese politics, political economy, or international relations. The Fellow will also be expected to give a presentation at the weekly seminar series sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and participate in Program activities. 

The Policy Innovations Fellow’s course title and content will be coordinated with the relevant department. The Fellow is also expected to collaborate with a team of scholars and graduate students working on the research project on “Policy Innovations in Crises: New Pathways for Japan-U.S. Cooperation.”  This collaboration will include coordination with practitioners and scholars in residence to bring together common expertise for group workshops and production of short policy commentary. Ideally, the successful applicant’s own research agenda includes questions about how governance in Japan has responded to crises that will benefit from this engagement and could lead to future publications. The candidate can expect their time to be equally divided between their individual research and contribution to teaching and group projects.


Applicants must have received their PhD in Political Science, Public Policy, or International Relations with a major component of their research focused on Japan, after 2017 and no later than July 31, 2022.


Deadline: March 25, 2022

Required documents: Please submit #1-#5 documents in one PDF file, by email to:, with Subject: Policy Innovations Fellowship application.

1.    Statement of Research (2 pages): What research do you plan to pursue during the fellowship term? How does your research project connect to the project theme of “Policy Innovations in Crises: New Pathways for Japan-U.S. Cooperation”?  What do you plan to do at each stage, and what particular resources do you intend to use?  

2.    Curriculum Vitae: Please include citizenship; current and permanent addresses, telephone number(s), email address; academic degrees with dates of conferral, discipline and institution; current employer; and a list of publications.

3.    2 writing samples: Please submit dissertation chapters, draft papers, or published articles. 

4.    Teaching evaluations: Please submit official university evaluations with both scores and written feedback.

5.    (Optional) Dissertation or Book Manuscript Abstract (1 page) and Table of Contents.

6.    2 reference letters: Please have the referees email the letters directly, before March 25, 2022, to: