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An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows

Application Deadline: February 14, 2018

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

2018-2019 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 competition for the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies. Applications are invited from scholars in any academic discipline, working on contemporary China or any period of Chinese history. Fellows will pursue their own research and contribute to Fairbank Center programs. Priority will be given to candidates working in the humanities or social sciences. However, applications are also welcome from scholars in other fields.  A strong working knowledge of Chinese and English is required.

Applicants may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D. at the start of the fellowship. Holders of a Harvard University doctoral degree are not eligible for this fellowship. 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, 2018.

The fellowship period is from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019.

Total stipend for one year: $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.

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

We also recommend submitting a sample syllabus for a graduate student workshop to be held in either the fall or spring semester.

For those who applicants who have not received their Ph.D. at the time of submission, please have your adviser sign and return the Adviser Confirmation Form by February 14, 2018.

Application Deadline: February 14, 2018

Contact Nick Drake at or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

Hou Family Fellows

Application Deadline: March 14, 2018

The Hou Family Fellowship for Taiwan Studies sponsors one scholar who is a student at, recently graduated from, or teaching/researching at a North American institution and one from a Taiwanese institution. These scholars will come to the Fairbank Center as visiting fellows to pursue Taiwan related research for a term of three to twelve months from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019.

Meet our current Hou Family Fellows

Applications are welcome from candidates with advanced Ph.D. candidate standing or 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 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: $25,000, plus $3,000 for research.
Health insurance is not provided by Harvard, but the candidate’s stipend money can be used toward its purchase.

How to apply:

Please submit the following materials, in a single PDF, to

All materials must be in English.

Contact Nick Drake at or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies