Visiting Scholars

Application deadline: February 15, 2022

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.

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 will be charged to visiting scholars. 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 undertake a clearly defined research project that draws upon Center and university resources. They are also expected to be in residence in the greater Boston area during the period of affiliation, and to engage actively in Center activities.

How to Apply

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 fairbankcenter@fas.harvard.edu.

Download Visiting Scholar Application here.