Hou Family Fellowship in Taiwan Studies

Application deadline: To be announced for 2023-24

The Hou Family Fellowship in Taiwan Studies sponsors one postdoctoral scholar who recently graduated from or is teaching/researching at a North American institution to join the Fairbank Center to pursue Taiwan-related research for six to twelve months between August 1, 2023 and July 31, 2024. Residence for the full academic year is encouraged.

In addition to maintaining their 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.

Meet our current Hou Family Fellows 

Eligibility Requirements

Please note that the Fairbank Center is currently only accepting applications from North America-based postdoctoral scholars.

Applications are invited from recent PhDs in a relevant discipline of the humanities or social sciences focusing on Taiwan.

Candidates may not be more than five years beyond receipt of their PhD degree at the start of the fellowship. Priority will be given to applicants with no previous postdoctoral fellowships.

Harvard University doctoral degree recipients are NOT eligible for this fellowship.

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

Total postdoctoral stipend:  US$52,000 for one year, plus up to $3,000 in research support funds. Health insurance is not provided by Harvard, but the stipend money can be used toward the purchase of health insurance.

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials, combined into a single PDF, by email to the Fairbank Center:

In addition, two letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the Fairbank Center by the recommenders.

All application materials must be in English and emailed to fairbankcenter@fas.harvard.edu

Application deadline: to be announced

Please contact Harriet Wong, Program Coordinator, at harrietwong@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions.

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.