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An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows

Application Deadline: January 30, 2017

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships have historically supported junior scholars in any discipline. Postdoctoral fellows are chosen from a competitive selection process. They spend one year at the Fairbank Center working on a book manuscript or articles. In addition, they deliver research presentations to the Fairbank Center community, mentor the Center’s graduate students, and, at times, teach courses in a department.

Meet our current An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows

2017-2018 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 competition for the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies. Research topics may cover any period of Chinese history or contemporary China and involve any academic discipline. A strong working knowledge of Chinese and English is required. Each fellow will be expected to pursue his or her own research and contribute to Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies programs.

Priority will be given to candidates working in the fields of a) Environmental Humanities/Social Sciences or b) Digital Humanities/Social Sciences. However, applications are also welcome from scholars in other fields.

Applicants must be able to provide confirmation of successful completion of their Ph.D. degree by June 30, 2017, and may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D. at the start of the fellowship. Harvard University doctoral degree recipients are not eligible for this fellowship.

The fellowship period is from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018.

Total stipend for one year: $50,000

Health insurance benefits for the An Wang fellowship recipients will also be provided.

To apply, please submit the following materials to our online application system, ARIES:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A five-page, double-spaced plan of research
  • A writing sample
  • Two letters of recommendation

We also recommend submitting a sample syllabus for a graduate student workshop to be held in either the fall or spring semester.

Application Deadline: Monday, January 30, 2017

Chinese Digital Humanities/Social Sciences

Applications are welcome from candidates with a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline of the humanities, social sciences, or computer science.

While the position need not require any direct coding, candidates for the position must be able to work closely with programmers and designers employing a variety of web technologies and programming languages, be able to understand and evaluate their work, and have the ability to effectively communicate between technical and non-technical project collaborators. Applicants should specify their technical capacities (e.g. programming languages, software packages, etc.) in their application. Candidates whose primary background is in computer science should demonstrate that they understand the nature of research in humanities and social sciences and have experience working with humanists and social scientists in the China field.

In addition to maintaining his/her own research agenda, the fellow will provide assistance to affiliates of the Fairbank Center in the following sorts of activities as they relate to the development of particular research projects:

  • Leading the Center’s Digital China Initiative training workshop for graduate students
  • Selecting appropriate print and electronic information sources and tools
  • Designing search strategies to ensure retrieval of all potentially relevant information
  • Developing rigorous methods of information extraction and analysis
  • Developing methods and structures for data management and analysis

Chinese Environmental Humanities/Social Sciences

Applications are welcome from candidates with a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline of the humanities or social sciences.

In addition to maintaining his/her own research agenda, the fellow will contribute to Harvard’s Environmental Humanities Initiative at the Fairbank Center and assist in ways that could include the following:

  • Organizing conferences and workshops on topics such as China’s place in global ecosystems
  • Developing an interdisciplinary online course on China and the environment that provides a historical foundation for the current environmental crises and includes perspectives of humanists, scientists, and policy specialists
  • Leading training workshops in environmental humanities/social sciences for interested graduate students

Contact Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

Hou Family Fellows

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

The Hou Family Fellowship for Taiwan Studies sponsors one North America-based scholar of Taiwan Studies and one Taiwan-based scholar of Taiwan Studies as visiting fellows at the Fairbank Center to pursue Taiwan related research for a term of three to twelve months from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018.

Meet our current Hou Family Fellows

Applications are welcome from candidates with advanced Ph.D. candidate standing or recent Ph.D.s in a relevant discipline of the humanities or social sciences focusing on Taiwan. Please note that the Fairbank Center is only accepting applications from North America-based scholars; a separate search committee in Taiwan will review local applications.

A strong working knowledge of English and Chinese or Taiwanese is required.

In addition to maintaining his/her own research agenda, the fellow will contribute to the Fairbank Center community in ways that could include the following:

  • Organizing a conference or workshop on their research topic;
  • Presenting research to the Center’s Taiwan Studies Workshop series

Priority will be given to applicants with no previous postdoctoral fellowships. Candidates may not be more than five years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. at the start of the fellowship.  Harvard University doctoral degree recipients are NOT eligible for this fellowship.

Total stipend: $25,000, plus $3,000 for research.
Health insurance is not provided by Harvard, but the candidate’s stipend money can be used toward its purchase.

How to apply:

Please submit the following materials, in a single PDF, to fairbankcenter@fas.harvard.edu:

All materials must be in English.

Contact Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies