Associates in Research

The Center's Associates in Research are Chinese studies scholars based in the New England area who travel to Cambridge to use Center resources and participate in Center activities. The work of the affiliates covers a wide range of fields, including anthropology, religion, political science, economics, history, and literature. Together with the Center's Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows, the Associates in Research create a lively community for interdisciplinary exchange. The Fairbank Center provides no funding or office space for Affiliates in Research but assists with providing library access to Harvard University collections.

The fee for affiliation as an Associate in Research is $500 for the initial year and $300 for renewal years. A faculty selection committee determines acceptance and renewal to the program. The application form is available below. Two letters of recommendation are required, preferably including one letter from a Harvard faculty member.


Applications will be reviewed once a year, with affiliations beginning July 1 and ending June 30. The annual application deadline is March 15.

Current Associates in Research will receive renewal letters in May.

Contact Julia Cai at or 617-496-1587 if you have any questions regarding the application.

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