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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.

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