Visiting Scholars

The Center welcomes applications from scholars in any discipline of the humanities and social sciences working on East Asia to spend a period of three to twelve months as a Visiting Fellow of the Center. Visiting Fellows will be provided with office space and a computer at the EAC and with UCSB library privileges in addition to assistance with visa procedures. During their stay they will be invited to present a seminar on their work to the EAC community. The fellowship does not carry a stipend and the fellow is responsible for their own health insurance and for finding housing in Santa Barbara. It is recommended that a contact is established with a faculty member whose work relates to or overlaps with that of the applicant.

Most UCSB departments are able to offer qualified visitors temporary affiliate status during their stay, and applicants are encouraged to contact one or more UCSB faculty members working in related fields to explore the possibilities of such a sponsorship. Applicants might want to consult the list of EAC affiliates. Such affiliations do not include teaching responsibilities.

The EAC welcomes applications from university faculty and qualified independent scholars. In exceptional cases the EAC will also consider applications from ABD graduate students.

Current Visiting Fellows


Silke Werth, PhD  2016/17

Silke Werth is mainly interested in the analysis of the dynamic changes of modern and contemporary Japanese culture and society in a global context, especially around the themes of emerging adulthood, migration, the social construction of place, space, gender and race, civil society and social sustainability. Engaged in interdisciplinary, transnational multi-method research, Dr. Werth is currently examining how a range of Japanese individuals address social, political and economic frictions in an effort to redirect their own life courses while also achieving social sustainability across national borders.

Silke Werth earned her PhD in East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2016). In her dissertation “Japan’s Generation Z on the Move: Moratorium, Maturity and Home-making” she analyzes how migration and cultural exchange impact notions of self, society, and decision making of emerging adults in search of a place to call home.


Applicants should:

  1. Provide a specific and well-defined description of the research project* of no more than 1 page; and
  2. Provide a curriculum vitae together with the names and addresses of two external references

*It is important that the applicant describes the research project, explains why the EAC is a suitable place to pursue it, specifies the proposed dates of the applicant’s stay, and provides the sources of financial support during the visit. Additionally, submitting a letter of support from a UCSB faculty member whose expertise best represents the applicant’s discipline and/or research project is recommended.