Graduate Fellowship News

Pamela Winfield, KCC-JEE Graduate Fellow in 2001 - 2002, has finished her Ph.D. at Temple University in the field of religious studies.  She is currently an Associate Professor at Elon University, and has published a book entitled Icons and Iconoclasm in Japanese Buddhism: Kukai and Dogen on the Art of Enlightenment.

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 New Deadline April 10



The KCC Japan Education Exchange Graduate Fellowships Program was established in 1996 to support qualified PhD graduate students for research or study in Japan. The purpose of the fellowship is to support future American educators who will teach more effectively about Japan. One fellowship of $30,000 will be awarded. Applicants may affiliate with Kobe College (Kobe Jogakuin) for award year, if selected.

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2020-2021 KCC JEE Graduate Fellow 
Shannon Welch
Literature with a Specialization in Critical Gender Studies
University of California, San Diego

Shannon Welch is a third-year graduate student in the University of California, San Diego’s doctoral literature program. She is on the comparative literature track, studying Japanese, Brazilian, and U.S. literatures and researching Japanese-Brazilian immigrant prose narratives. She is especially interested in how these literary texts represent the Japanese diaspora in Brazil and what they allow us to speculate about this community’s complex relationships to power relations linked to Japanese imperialism, capitalism, race, and gender. Shannon received her B.A. in English and Spanish from Villanova University, which is where she also had the opportunity to begin studying Japanese. After graduating, she received a Fulbright Brazil English Teaching Assistant Fellowship and worked for one year in the English Letters department at the Federal University of Maranhão in São Luís, Brazil. It was at this time that she became interested in the Japanese diasporic community in Brazil, as well as pursuing a career as a professor in higher education. She then completed her M.A. in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College before continuing on to UCSD’s PhD program. In the 2018-2019 academic year, she participated in the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies intensive language program in Yokohama as a Nippon Foundation fellow. She is grateful to KCCJEE for providing her with the opportunity to conduct research for her dissertation, which will bring her one step closer to achieving her goal of becoming a professor of Japanese and comparative literature. She hopes to engage her future students in a comparative approach to Japanese literature and draw from critical gender studies, postcolonial studies, and transpacific studies in her teaching.