Graduate Student Associates

Application deadline: Extended to April 29, 2024

Applications accepted through CARAT.

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies welcomes Harvard University advanced doctoral students to apply for affiliation with the Center during one year of their dissertation research and writing. Approximately 10 graduate student associates will be selected each academic year. Students may be from any school or department of the university, with research focused on China or China studies. Selection will be based on quality of research project, the student’s readiness for professional development in preparation for the job market, the student’s need for on-campus space, and the interests of the Fairbank Center in supporting a diverse community of scholars.

Graduate Student Associates attend regularly scheduled GSA meetings in a year-long program designed to build professional development skills in preparation for the job market. GSAs meet together on a biweekly basis each semester to participate in workshops and present their research to each other, gaining constructive feedback from peers and forming a supportive cohort. Professional development sessions, faculty presentations, or other ideas for meetings can be arranged according to the group’s interests and suggestions. GSAs are expected to be present at the Fairbank Center offices regularly to benefit from and contribute to the interdisciplinary research environment.

Students who are at the dissertation writing stage and getting ready for the job market will gain the most from the GSA program.

Specific Expectations

The Fairbank Center provides:

  • Year-long program of GSA meetings focused on professional development skills. Sessions cover many topics, including preparing a strong application dossier, presentation skills and practice, networking, and preparing for journal publications . Other sessions include opportunities to meet and learn from junior faculty mentors.
  • Desk space in a shared office with Internet access for one academic year (conditions permitting)
  • Shared printers and other office facilities.
  • Computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse (to connect to your laptop)
  • Up to $1,000 support for research activities upon application and approval for first year GSAs
  • Use of Fairbank Center business cards and stationery for professional purposes, with approval.

The Graduate Student Associate is Responsible for:

  • Attendance and participation in all GSA meetings, including presentations by fellow GSAs
  • Submission of at least one post (on a research topic or on a Fairbank Center talk) for publication on the Fairbank Center’s blog
  • Occasional volunteer service to the Center, such as orientation support for visiting scholars, advice for undergraduate projects, translation assistance, and events support.

The deadline is April for the following academic year.

Testimonials from former GSAs