Visiting Scholars

The Fairbank Center hosts visiting scholars from other universities or research institutes worldwide who have research projects related to the work of Fairbank Center faculty. Harvard faculty must express strong interest in an applicant's work in order for him or her to be affiliated with the Center. Visiting scholars will receive access to university library collections and are expected to pursue independent research on campus.

Specific Expectations
Academic applicants must have a doctoral degree. The visiting period shall correspond with Harvard's academic calendar, either for autumn semester, spring semester, or August 1 - July 31. An administrative fee of $1,000 will be charged. Desk space is not provided.

Non-academic applicants must be practitioners with specialized and extensive China knowledge. The visiting period shall correspond with Harvard's academic calendar, either for autumn semester, spring semester, or August 1 - July 31. An administrative fee of $5,000 will be charged, and desk space may be provided as available.

Visiting scholars must demonstrate adequate self-funding for visa purposes.

The United States government requires that visiting scholars have sufficient English proficiency to be able to function effectively in the U.S.  The Fairbank Center is required to certify that a scholar has adequate command of English before their visa application can be processed.  There are a number of ways in which English language proficiency can be demonstrated:

  • Recognized Language Test (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS)
  • Documentation from an academic institution or English language school
  • In‐person Interview (conversation)
  • Videoconferencing/Skype
  • Telephone Interview (if in‐person or videoconferencing is not possible)
  • Transfer/Repeat Visitor (ELP established in previous J‐1 stay)
  • Other (must specify): 

Please indicate in your application how you intend to demonstrate language proficiency.  If necessary, a member of the Fairbank Center staff can conduct a phone or Skype interview to help you fulfill the requirement.  Please specify if you wish to pursue this approach.

Note that this is a US government requirement over which neither the Fairbank Center nor Harvard University has any discretion.

The intellectual life of the Center is greatly enriched by the active participation of its affiliates. Visiting scholars are expected to be involved in a clearly defined research project that draws upon Center and university resources and to engage actively in Center activities. They are also expected to be in residence in the greater Boston area during the period of affiliation.

Applications

The next application deadline will be February 15, 2016. Please make sure that your application arrives by the application deadline. A faculty committee will review and select the strongest applicants for a visiting position at the Fairbank Center. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to accept all qualified applicants to this program. Selection of scholars will be confirmed in March 2015.

Please send all application materials as one PDF.  Letters of recommendations should be e-mailed separately.  All documents should be sent to Justin Wong at justin_wong@fas.harvard.edu