The Japan Residencies Program

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 residencies have been postponed until 2022. The residency recipients have been selected, so there will be no competition in 2020 or 2021. We plan to have information on the 2023 residencies available on the website by the summer of 2022 (pending funding).

In cooperation with and support from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the OAH and the Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) plan to send two American scholars to Japanese universities for two-week residencies in the summer  (pending funding).

The committee seeks applications from OAH members who are established American scholars affiliated with an American or Canadian university interested in teaching advanced undergraduates and graduate students in seminars and courses focusing on the U.S. History topics requested by the host institutions.

During their residencies, the American historians give at least six lectures and/or seminars in English in their specialty. They also meet individually and in groups with Japanese scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students studying American history and culture, and participate in the collegial life of their host institutions. The purpose of this exchange program is to facilitate scholarly dialogue and contribute to the expansion of scholarly networks among students and professors of American history in both countries. We are pleased to announce the twenty-third year of the competition.

Round-trip airfare to Japan, housing, and modest daily expenses are covered by the award (note: if the host university is unable to provide housing, award recipients are expected to use the daily stipend to pay hotel expenses). Award winners are also encouraged to explore Japan before or after their two-week residency at their own expense.


Host Universities (to be determined)

How to Apply

Applicants must be members of the OAH, have a PhD, and be scholars of American history. Applicants from previous competitions are welcome to apply again. Award winners are expected to attend the OAH Conference on American History so that they can meet with visiting Japanese scholars and graduate students and with members of the OAH/JAAS Japan Historians' Collaborative Committee before their trips to Japan.


Applications must include the items below.

Please send all materials (in one PDF labeled with your name) by midnight PST on [deadline to be determined] to and indicate "Japan Residencies Program-[UNIVERSITY NAME]" in the subject line. If you would like to apply for both residencies, please send a separate application for each.


  • A two-page curriculum vitae emphasizing teaching experience and publications.
  • The institution for which you would like to be considered.
  • A personal statement, no longer than two pages, describing your interest in this program and the issues that your own scholarship and teaching have addressed. Please devote one or two paragraphs to why you understand this residency to be central to your development as a scholar in the world community. You may include comments on any previous collaboration or work with non-U.S. academics or students. If you wish, you may comment on your particular interest in Japan.
  • A letter of recommendation, to be solicited by the applicant and sent directly by the recommender to OAH (, which should also address the applicant’s teaching skill. The subject line of the e-mail should say “Recommendation for [NAME OF APPLICANT]."

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Deadline: Applications must be submitted by [deadline to be determined].