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Visiting Scholars

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

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.

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.

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)
  • Video conferencing/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, 2019. 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 2019.

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. All documents should be sent to fairbankcenter@fas.harvard.edu.

Download Visiting Scholar Application here.

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows

Application Deadline: January 4, 2019

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, mentor the Center’s graduate students, and, at times, teach courses in a department.

Meet our current An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows

2019-2020 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (FCCS) at Harvard University is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 competition for the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies.

This year, the Fairbank Center is collaborating with the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program (C&WP) and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University (WEAI) to award four one-year postdoctoral research fellowships. Two fellows will be expected to be in residence at Columbia University (one funded by WEAI and one funded by C&WP) and two will be at Harvard University (both funded by the An Wang Program). When not attending to program-related duties, fellows’ time should be devoted to their own research, and to participating actively in the life of C&WP and WEAI or FCCS. Fellows also will be expected to make at least one public presentation during their appointment and participate in the annual C&WP workshop where an entire day is devoted entirely to the examination of the Fellows’ research by former fellows of the program.

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients will also be participants in a postdoctoral research group that will focus on China’s relationships with outside actors, including states, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions. This research group will be led by Professors Alastair Iain Johnston (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), Meg Rithmire (Harvard Business School), and Mark Wu (Harvard Law School).

Qualifications:

Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements (dissertation completed and filed) between May 2016 and July 2019. Applications from individuals who hold or have held full-time teaching appointments will not be considered. Only applicants working on some aspect of China’s relations with the outside world that supports CWP’s, WEAI’s, and FCCS’s missions 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, but may be selected to be in residence at Columbia.

Applicants must notify the Fairbank Center of any changes to the information provided in the 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, 2019.

The fellowship period is from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020.

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

Health insurance benefits for the An Wang fellowship recipients 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 using the email weai@columbia.edu. Please note that applicants are required to send all files in one email or to upload them to a cloud based application and send the URL via email for full consideration.

You are required to submit:
• 1-2 page cover letter that briefly states your interest in the program, your background, and a summary of your research project
• CV
• Project description
• 2 scholarly writing samples
• Course proposal with syllabus for a seminar directed at M.A. students and advanced undergraduates
• Course evaluations for classes taught (if any)
• Unofficial transcripts from all graduate-level degrees
• Two letters of reference. Include contact information for the references and have them submit letters directly to weai@columbia.edu. Please note that you will only submit contact information and the email of your referees. Your referee will then receive an email with instructions on how to submit a confidential recommendation on your behalf. All references must be received by the deadline. Complete your application well before the deadline so that references can be submitted in a timely manner.

Application Deadline: January 4, 2019

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

These fellowships will be subject to all rules and regulations of Columbia University and 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.

Hou Family Fellows

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

The Hou Family Fellowship in Taiwan Studies sponsors one scholar who recently graduated from or is teaching/researching at a North American institution and one from a Taiwanese institution. 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 scholars; a separate search committee in Taiwan will review local applications.

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.

Digital China Fellow

Application Deadline: January 11, 2019

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies is recruiting a Digital China Fellow to help lead work on our China Digital Scholarship/Digital Humanities projects. Through their own research and support for the research of other faculty and students, the Digital China Fellow will help define and implement future directions for Digital Scholarship on China at Harvard. Her/his work will be ideally divided into the following areas, although flexibility is possible, and indeed probably necessary, based on the skill set of the Fellow. Please note that this position is currently funded for two years. An extension is possible, but dependent on future potential funding sources.

  • Provide support for faculty and students using digital tools and methods to conduct research on China. This will involve delivering workshops for the Harvard community on digital research methods, holding office hours to provide assistance for faculty and students using digital tools in their work, proactively reaching out to faculty, and otherwise providing research support services.
  • Building cyberinfrastructure for China Studies and database development. The Digital China Fellow will help coordinate improved linkage and sharing of data among databases and platforms related to China studies. This would include working with the China Biographical Database Project, the China Historical Geographic Information System, and other databases outside of Harvard. Experience with command line environments, API’s, and linked open data; knowledge of relevant programming or scripting language; and the ability to write database queries in SQL would all be a plus.
  • Research. 50% of the Digital China Fellow’s time will be used to conduct their own independent research, either in the field of digital methods itself or using digital methods to research some aspect of China Studies.
  • Administration. Providing regular updates to project supporters and the ability and willingness to identify and pursue grant funding to continue this project is required.

Candidates must have a strong working knowledge of digital tools and methods and competency in both Chinese and English.

Annual Stipend: $60,000

Additional research funds and health insurance benefits will also be provided. The fellow must reside in the Greater Boston area for the duration of the fellowship.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should complete the online application. The application requests the submission of:

  • Cover letter
  • C.V.
  • Two-page statement of research
  • Names and contact information for two referees. Referees should submit a letter that speaks to the candidate’s academic potential and digital scholarship abilities directly.

All materials must be in English.

Applicants must notify the Fairbank Center of any changes to the information provided in the application that may impact eligibility. Failure to communicate such changes may result in disqualification.

Application Deadline: January 11, 2019

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

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.

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.

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

Download the application here.
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies