Amherst-Doshisha Application

Deadline for Doshisha Application: January 17, 2020

Before you start, read this Amherst-Doshisha Overview. See Application Advice for general tips on fellowship applications and advice about seeking recommendations. For examples of successful essays, please contact the Office of Fellowships.

Application Components

The application for this fellowship includes entering some biographical data in an online application form located in the AC Student & Postgraduate Application Portal, composing an essay, supplying transcripts and a resume, and requesting recommendation letters all by the deadline above. 

Essay: in this essay, describe your interest in spending a year at Doshisha University and in Japan, what you hope to gain from the experience, and how you intend to serve as a cultural ambassador of present-day Amherst College there. Keep in mind that the fellowship includes a travel stipend, and the opportunity to assist English language learners either in the classroom (assisting a professor) or through one-on-one contact with university community members. Format: 12 pt, Times Roman, 1" margins, 1.5 spacing, approximately 1,250 words. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Writing Center for feedback on this essay. They may also request suggestions from the Office of Fellowships.

Resume: may be up to two pages, listing your academic honors, activities, and work experience. See these suggestions for creating a polished resume (but note that for fellowships, up to two pages are permitted for length since we are interested in your extracurricular activities as well as work experience).

Transcript(s): official versions from Amherst College, and any study abroad or transfer credits (grades from transfer do not appear on your Amherst transcript); scan each transcript (front and back) and upload

Three recommenders: enter their names, titles, and contact information in the portal; at least two must be from professors, and the third may be from a professor or someone with whom you have worked or completed an internship. Writers should address the strengths and qualities that make you a strong candidate for this fellowship. Please ask your recommenders to read the Amherst-Doshisha Overview page. Ask the writers to print and sign their letters on letterhead, and scan for upload

Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships;                 
212 Converse Hall; 413-542-2536
Carter McClintock, Fellowships Specialist;
213 Converse Hall; 413-542-5079                                   
Mailing address: Office of Fellowships, Amherst College, 212 Converse Hall, Amherst, MA 01002; Fax: 413-542-8555