The Top University Strategic Alliance

The Top University Strategic Alliance--Visiting Scholar Applicants

The Top University Strategic Alliance (TUSA) is a consortium of top universities in the Republic of China (Taiwan). In spring of 2011, TUSA entered into a three-year agreement with Harvard University with the goal of strengthening the humanities and social sciences in Taiwan. The participating universities are:

Chang Gung University
National Central University
National Cheng Chi University
National Cheng Kung University
National Chiao Tung University
National Chung Hsing University
National Sun Yat-sen University
National Taiwan Normal University
National Taiwan University
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
National Tsing Hua University
National Yang Ming University

As part of the TUSA agreement, approximately 10 scholars from the alliance will be funded to spend one year pursuing research in the humanities or social sciences at Harvard University. The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies is the coordinating unit at Harvard University for this visiting scholar initiative.

Only applicants from the participating TUSA universities are eligible. Applicants must apply for TUSA funding through their home university in Taiwan. At the same time, they must apply directly to a relevant Harvard research center or department to be accepted as a visiting scholar at Harvard. 

The following guidelines will assist TUSA candidates in applying for a visiting scholar appointment at Harvard University:

1.  Review the harvard_visiting_scholar_deadlines_rev11-9.pdf  of humanities and social sciences research centers and departments at Harvard University.  Contact the unit most relevant to your research interests to verify visiting scholar application procedures. Some units have a formal visiting scholar application process and deadline. Other programs accept applications on a rolling basis. Most selection processes take place in January or February.

2. If your research interest is not represented in the preliminary list, you may contact other research units, a relevant faculty member, or Shirley Sun at the Fairbank Center for suggestions.

3. Please apply directly to the relevant Harvard unit to be invited as a visiting scholar. Normal selection processes apply, so TUSA applicants will be considered by the same criteria as other visiting scholar applicants.

For any visiting scholar application, support from a Harvard faculty member is strongly recommended.  Most centers and departments will only approve visiting scholars who have strong academic credentials and research synergy with Harvard faculty. The research center or department will inform you of its decision. 

For more information please contact:

Shirley Sun
Program Coordinator, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Phone: +1 (617) 495-4007