Bishop White Postdoctoral Fellowship of Japanese Art and Culture

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto is Canada’s pre-eminent international museum and houses important collections in World Cultures and Natural History. The ROM has one of the largest collections of East Asia artworks in North America and a comprehensive Japanese collection that includes 9500 artworks and ethnographic objects. The Japanese collection includes ceramics, paintings, woodblock prints, lacquer, netsuke, arms and armour, textiles, photographic images, illustrated books, and works in other materials. The ROM's Prince Takamado Gallery of Japan is the largest Japanese gallery in Canada and regarded as one of the best outside of Japan.

The Royal Ontario Museum invites applications for the Bishop White Post-doctoral Fellowship in Japanese Art and Culture. It is directed towards a qualified candidate who has obtained their doctorate degree within the last five years (after November 1, 2008) and provides them with the opportunity to pursue their research with the support of one of Canada’s leading research institutions. This one-year fellowship, with the possibility of a further one-year renewal, is awarded with an annual grant of $50,000. The Bishop White Post-doctoral Fellowship is open to scholars working in most aspects of Japanese art. We seek applicants whose work has significant research potential and complements the strengths of the Royal Ontario Museum’s Japanese collections.  Collection and exhibit-related responsibilities, public interaction via lectures, gallery activities and web-based media, and community outreach will be part of their duties. The successful applicant’s research will increase awareness of the ROM’s Japanese collections and be made publically available across multiple platforms, including print and on-line.

Posted Date 2013-09-19
Closing Date 2013-11-15
Department World Cultures
Type Full-Time Temporary
Salary $50,000. Annual Grant Funds


Museum experience and/or collection-based research are preferred. Experience with public programming, webpage development and public outreach via social media will be assets. The successful applicant will be expected to engage with all aspects of the museum as a fully-functioning staff member.  

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their experience and proposed research project, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to: Dr. Chen Shen, Vice President World Cultures, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C6, Canada.

International applicants will be expected to provide a valid Canadian Work Permit as a further eligibility requirment for the period of the grant.

Application materials must be received by November 15, 2013 for consideration. 


The Royal Ontario Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We wish to 'Thank' everyone who applies, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.