Reischauer Policy Research Fellowship

Johns Hopkins SAIS, Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies

About the organization

The Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies was established at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1984 with the explicit support of the Reischauer family. Its mission is to support research on trans-Pacific and inter-Asian relations while promoting mutual understanding between Northeast Asia, particularly Japan, and the United States.

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The Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program is a critical element of the Reischauer Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. It is designed to support the Center’s various research initiatives, while also providing recent undergraduate or graduate students with broad practical experience regarding the public and private sector analysis process. Fellowships are paid and tenable for one academic year beginning in August 2021 with the potential for renewal for an additional year. This is a full-time research fellowship (not for enrolled students).

Research Fellows personally assist Dr. Kent Calder, Director of the Reischauer Center, with projects related to the Center’s mission of supporting the study of transpacific and intra-Asian relations. Recent topics include, but are not limited to: policy best practices in U.S.-Japan relations such as infrastructure, public diplomacy, public health, the role of cities in global governance, the functioning of Washington’s “idea industry,” government-business relations, global energy policy, and comparative Eurasian political economy. This year will primarily focus on the theme “The US, Japan, and the Post-Covid World,” with topics including maritime trade, public & medical diplomacy, international relations, and economic & global security. Fellows also provide logistical support for seminars, interact with senior researchers, and produce the Reischauer Center podcast.



-Bachelor’s degree or higher in Political Science, International Relations, Economics, History, East Asian Studies, or a related field
-Interest in East Asian regional issues, especially Japan
-Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills
-Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and familiarity with online academic databases
-Ability to work both independently and in a team setting
-Work experience in East Asia, such as the JET Program, preferred
-Fluency in relevant East Asian languages such as Japanese, Korean, or Chinese



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]


Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and a 1,000 word writing sample to the Reischauer Center at [email protected] Previously submitted papers or memos are acceptable, as well as excerpts of longer works. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting March 15th, with final decisions made no later than July 2021. Round 1 review of applications has started, please send your applications as soon as possible.

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