China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School will offer two postdoctoral fellowships in the field of contemporary Chinese public policy to recent Ph.D. graduates of exceptional promise.


Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within five years of the start of the fellowship in a relevant discipline in the social sciences or history. Preference will be given to those working in the areas of domestic politics, political economy, business-government relations, state-society relations, environmental / energy governance, and social development of China, with a focus on public policy challenges.

Residence in the Cambridge area and participation in the activities of the Center (e.g. weekly doctoral fellows workshop series) are required. It is expected that the successful applicant will give at least one research presentation or public talk during the fellowship period. Foreign nationals must be eligible for J-1 visa sponsorship.

Knowledge of Chinese is required, as well as the ability to work with original sources.

Those who are chosen to receive fellowships must have completed ALL requirements for the Ph.D. degree (including the dissertation defense) by June 1, 2018. Preference will be given to applicants with no previous postdoctoral fellowships.


Each fellowship will run for a period of up to two years. The recipient will receive an annual stipend of $50,000, health insurance, and work space. Some research/travel funds may also be available.

Application date
15 Dec 2017
Date of residence
1 Aug 2017
Up to 2 years
America United States New England
Humanities History Social sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics International Relations Law Political science Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Grants available
Award granted
US$ 50.000/year