An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

2016-17 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies is pleased to announce the 2016-17 competition for the An Wang postdoctoral fellowship in Chinese digital humanities and social sciences.  The fellow will pursue his or her research and contribute to the Digital China Initiative at the Fairbank Center.  The fellowship period is from August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017. 

Applications are welcome from candidates with a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline of the humanities, social sciences, or computer science.  All requirements for the degree must be completed by June 30, 2016.

A strong working knowledge of Chinese (preferably including literary Chinese) and English is required. While the position will 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. Candidates whose primary background is in computer science must 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:

  • Defining appropriate research questions and terminology, where relevant
  • 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

In addition, the fellow will be expected to lead the Center’s Digital China Initiative training workshop for graduate students. 

Priority will be given to applicants with no previous postdoctoral fellowships. They 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 for one year: $50,000
Health insurance benefits for the An Wang fellowship recipients will also be provided.

How 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

All materials must be in English. 

Contact Caitlin Keliher at or 617-496-3982 if you have any questions regarding the application.