Nonresident Associates in Research

Application deadline: March 15, 2023

The Center’s Nonresident Associates in Research are China 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 physical library access to Harvard University collections through the issuance of a special borrower card (this card does not grant access to Harvard’s digital collections unless they are accessed through a library computer). Please note that the affiliation does not constitute a formal appointment at Harvard University.

There is a fee for affiliation as an Associate in Research. 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.

How to Apply

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.

New and renewing Associates in Research will be asked to sign the Associate in Research Participation Agreement here.

Please contact Harriet Wong at or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

Download the application here.