Apply to become a Policy Innovations Fellow

CGP Visiting Fellowship on Policy Innovations

With generous support from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations invites applications for the CGP Visiting Fellowship on Policy Innovations which includes a teaching component. One fellow will be appointed for the 2021–22 academic year, with the possibility of extending the fellowship for an additional year—conditional on the approval of the Dean of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Program’s Faculty Advisory Committee, and the co-hosting academic department.

Fellowship Grant

Stipend of $70,000; health insurance coverage for the grantee


The Visiting Fellow is expected to reside in the Cambridge area during the appointment term and teach one course on Japanese politics, political economy, or international relations. The Visiting 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 Visiting Fellow’s course title and content will be coordinated with the relevant department. The Visiting Fellow is also expected to collaborate with a team of scholars and graduate students working on the CGP project theme, “Policy Innovations in Crises: New Pathways for Japan-U.S. Cooperation.”  This collaboration will include coordination with resident associates who represent a range of government practitioners and scholars 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 joint 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 2016 and no later than July 31, 2021.


Deadline: March 12, 2021

Required documents: Please submit #1-#6 documents in one PDF file, by email to:, with Subject: CGP Visiting Fellowship application. 

1.    Statement of Research (2 pages): What research do you plan to pursue during the fellowship term? How does your research project relate to broader questions related to public policy in Japan and U.S.-Japan relations? 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.    Dissertation Abstract (1 page) and Table of Contents.

4.    2 writing samples: Please submit dissertation chapters, draft papers, or published articles. 

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

6.    Proposed courses: Please include the titles and brief descriptions (no more than 1 paragraph) of two possible courses that you would like to teach. 

7.    2 reference letters: Please have the referees email the letters directly, before March 12, 2021, to: