Guidelines for Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars

The Department of East Asian Studies encourages applications for postdoctoral fellowships to be held in the Department. Some possible funding sources include:

Killam postdoctoral fellowships, through the University of Alberta.
University deadline:  December 1
Department deadlines: notification of intent, November 1
    Completed application, November 15
For forms and application details, see

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, administered by the Canadian Asian Studies Association,
Deadline: February 1. (Note: coordination with the department is recommended but not required for application to this program).

In addition, the Department welcomes applications to hold externally or self-funded postdoctoral fellowships or visiting scholar positions in the Department for the academic year (September to April). The department deadline for processing any such application is January 15.

Applications for a self-funded or externally funded postdoctoral or visiting scholar appointment should include the following:
• a current curriculum vitae
• a graduate transcript
• a short proposal (2 pages) of the research you will undertake during the postdoc two confidential letters of recommendation sent directly by the recommender to the address below (signed pdf files by email from them are acceptable)

The department evaluates applications based on academic record, academic quality of the research proposal, and fit with the research interests of the department.

A postdoctoral fellow or visiting scholar is expected to reside in Edmonton for the term of the appointment/fellowship and to participate actively in the activities of the Department of East Asian Studies. A postdoctoral fellow is permitted to teach up to one course per term in the department (dependent on department needs and the fellow’s qualifications), for additional salary at the University's salary rates.  A postdoctoral fellow will present his/her research in the department's seminar series once during the year. A postdoctoral fellow may not undertake paid employment outside the University without the prior approval of the Department of East Asian Studies.

The department will provide office space, access to shared department computers, and formal affiliation with the University of Alberta (including a campus computing ID and library access privileges). Medical insurance and all travel costs (including passport and visa fees) are the responsibility of the applicant.

For general information regarding postdoctoral fellows at the University of Alberta, please see