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Visiting Scholars

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

The Fairbank Center hosts visiting scholars from other universities or research institutes throughout the world. Scholars stay at the Center for one or two semesters to develop their research in various disciplines of Chinese Studies, broadly defined.

Meet our current Visiting Scholars

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 per academic year will be charged. Individual desk space is not provided.

Visiting Scholar - Practitioners must be professionals 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 per semester 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. This will be determined via a phone call or Skype interview.

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 is February 15. 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.

In addition to the application form, which may be downloaded below, please also submit the following materials:

  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably submitted electronically)
  • Research proposal for the period of your affiliation
  • Curriculum vitae listing your academic degrees (with dates), disciplines, and any publications. CV must be in English.
  • Work sample (an article or paper) in either English or Chinese
  • Digital photograph (headshot)

Please send all application materials as one PDF. Letters of recommendations should be e-mailed separately and directly by the recommender. All documents should be sent to ndrake@fas.harvard.edu.

Download Visiting Scholar Application here.

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships have historically supported junior scholars in any discipline. Postdoctoral fellows are chosen from a competitive selection process. They spend one year at the Fairbank Center working on a book manuscript or articles. In addition, they deliver research presentations to the Fairbank Center community and mentor the Center’s graduate students.

Meet our current An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows

2020-2021 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (FCCS) at Harvard University is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 competition for the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies.

This year the Fairbank Center is offering two fellowships to support postdoctoral participants in an interdisciplinary research group that will focus on issues of science and technology in the making of modern China. This research group will be led by Professors Susan Greenhalgh (Anthropology), Victor Seow (History of Science), Arunabh Ghosh (History), and Ya-Wen Lei (Sociology).

Qualifications:

Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements (dissertation completed and filed) between May 2015 and July 2020. Applications from individuals who hold or have held full-time teaching appointments will not be considered. Only applicants working on issues of science and technology in modern China in line with the Fairbank Center’s mission need apply. Preference will be given to applicants who are currently working on revising their Ph.D. thesis for publication as a book or who are just beginning a second major research project. Holders of a Harvard University doctoral degree are not eligible for the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Applicants must notify the Fairbank Center of any changes to the information provided in their application that may impact eligibility. Failure to communicate such changes may result in disqualification. If awarded the fellowship, the scholar must provide confirmation of successful completion of their Ph.D. degree, in the form of a diploma, certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution, or a letter from the institution’s Registrar, no later than August 1, 2020.

The fellowship period is from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021.

Total stipend for An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows: $60,000

Health insurance benefits for the An Wang Fellowship recipients and $1000 for scholarly activities will also be provided. Fellows must reside in the Greater Boston area for the duration of the fellowship.

Application Process:

To apply, you will be required to submit an online application, which can be accessed here.

You are required to submit:
• CV
• A one to two-page cover letter that briefly states your interest in the program, your background, and a summary of your research project. The letter should include one or two ideas for topics in science and technology in modern China to serve as the basis of a one-day conference that you would like to help organize in spring 2021.
• A five-page, double-spaced research proposal
• A writing sample
• Two letters of reference

If you have not received your degree at the time of application, your dissertation adviser must also submit the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship Adviser Confirmation Form. This form must be completed by your adviser and submitted to Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.edu no later than January 22, 2020.

All materials must be in English.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Contact Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

The fellowships will be subject to all rules and regulations of Harvard University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Hou Family Fellows

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Hou Family Fellowship in Taiwan Studies sponsors one postdoctoral scholar who recently graduated from or is teaching/researching at a North American institution and one predoctoral scholar. These scholars will come to the Fairbank Center as fellows to pursue Taiwan related research for at least one semester (five months), between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. A longer period of residence up to the full year is encouraged.

Meet our current Hou Family Fellows

Applications are welcome from recent Ph.D.s in a relevant discipline of the humanities or social sciences focusing on Taiwan. Please note that the Fairbank Center is only accepting applications from North America-based postdoctoral scholars; a separate search committee in Taiwan will review predoctoral applicants.

A strong working knowledge of English and Chinese or Taiwanese is required.

In addition to maintaining his/her own research agenda, the Hou Family Fellow will contribute to the Fairbank Center community in ways that could include the following:

  • Organizing a conference or workshop on their research topic;
  • Presenting research to the Center’s Taiwan Studies Workshop series

Priority will be given to applicants with no previous postdoctoral fellowships. Candidates 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: $35,000, plus $3,000 for research support.
Health insurance is not provided by Harvard, but the candidate’s stipend money can be used toward its purchase.

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following materials, in a single PDF, to fairbankcenter@fas.harvard.edu:

All materials must be in English.

Contact Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

This fellowship will be subject to all rules and regulations of Harvard University. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Associates in Research

Application Deadline: March 15

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 associates 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 Associates in Research but assists with providing library access to Harvard University collections. Please note that the affiliation does not constitute a formal appointment at Harvard University.

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.

Meet our current Associates in Research

Applications

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.

Please contact Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

Download the application here.

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