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Visiting Scholars

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

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.

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

Applications

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 ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email.

Download Visiting Scholar Application here.opens PDF file

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

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

2021-2022 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (FCCS) at Harvard University is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 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 Meaningful Ageing and End of Life in China: A Multidisciplinary US-China Collaboration. This research group will be led by Professors Winnie Yip (T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Arthur Kleinman (Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Harvard Medical School). The primary objective of this research group is to conduct in-depth study and analyses in order to understand what constitutes a meaningful life for older people in China and what policies and actions can be designed to advance that objective. The group will adopt an inter-disciplinary and comparative approach, drawing on experiences and lessons from other relevant countries. Examples of questions to be examined include: What does purpose/meaning-driven ageing mean and how does it manifest in the context of Chinese culture, ethics and social values? What kind of care system should policymakers be considering (e.g., palliative care, other forms of end of life care) in integrating medical care with socially and culturally meaningful support? What is the role of social technology in communicating and intervening in the perceived worth of elders experiences of living? What is the role of the government versus the market in financing and delivering an eldercare system that suits the preferences of the Chinese elderly? How do we guide urban planning and housing policies so as to enhance social and cultural values in a physical environment for elders who reside either in institutions or residences?

As part of the group, fellows’ primary responsibility will be to conduct their proposed research project under the mentorship of Profs. Yip and Kleinman. Using the balance of their available time, they will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities to be decided upon by the group, but which may include presentation in seminars, contribution to a white paper summarizing the group’s analyses and policy recommendations for aging in China, or other interdisciplinary engagements and collaborations with the scholarly community at Harvard.

Qualifications:

A strong working knowledge of Chinese and English is required. Applicants must provide confirmation of successful completion of their Ph.D. degree, in the form of a certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution or a letter from the institution’s Registrar, by August 1, 2021 at the latest. The group is particularly interested in applicants with a degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Comparative Politics, Economics, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology. Applicants may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D. at the start of the fellowship and must reside in the Greater Boston area for the duration of the fellowship. Harvard University doctoral degree recipients are not eligible for this 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, 2021.

The fellowship period is from August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022.

Total stipend for An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows: $60,000

Health insurance benefits and $3000 for scholarly activities will also be provided to each fellow. In addition, there are potential funding opportunities for presentation in international conference and a research trip to China.

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 ageing and end of life in China to serve as the basis of a seminar or other scholarly contribution to the research group.
• 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 Formopens PDF file . This form must be completed by your adviser and submitted to Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email no later than February 19, 2021.

All materials must be in English.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

Contact Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email 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, 2021

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, 2021 and July 31, 2022. A longer period of residence up to the full year is encouraged.

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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 ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email:

All materials must be in English.

Contact Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email 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.

Associates in Research

Application Deadline: March 15

The Center's Associates in Research are Chinese 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 library access to Harvard University collections. Please note that the affiliation does not constitute a formal appointment at Harvard University.

The fee for affiliation as an Associate in Research is $500 for the initial year and $300 for renewal years. 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.

Meet our current Associates in Research

Applications

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.

Please contact Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

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