Harvard Asia Center Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Asia Center Postdoctoral Fellowship is available to recent Ph.D. graduates who engage seriously with at least two Asian countries. In the case of Southeast Asia, research may be on a single country, although preference will be given to applicants with comparative or cross-border projects.

The Victor and William Fung Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship is available to recent Ph.D. graduates who engage seriously with at least two Asian countries with the requirement that their research includes a component dealing with Greater China.

Please note that Harvard Ph.D.s will only be considered in extraordinary circumstances.

Applicants may apply to one or both fellowships using the same application.

Fellowship Grant

Each fellowship will cover a 10-month period, beginning September 1, 2019, with a stipend of $60,000, individual health insurance coverage for the grantee, and up to $5,000 in research/travel funds. Please note that fellowship recipients must inform the Asia Center of any other accepted awards which overlap with the Asia Center fellowship, and that the Asia Center may reduce its offer accordingly.

Postdoctoral fellows will be provided shared office space, a Harvard email address, and access to the libraries and resources of Harvard University.

Responsibilities of Postdoctoral Fellows

Residence in the Cambridge/Boston area and regular participation in Asia Center activities are required during the appointment. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to give a public talk.

Eligibility

Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree in 2014 or later, in any area of the humanities, social sciences, or related fields with serious engagement with at least two Asian countries. In the case of Southeast Asia, research may be single-country, although preference will be given to applicants with comparative or cross-border projects. Fellowship recipients must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree by July 1, 2019.

Please note that Harvard Ph.D.s will only be considered in extraordinary circumstances.

The application deadline is Friday, January 25, 2019.

Application Requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae: Please include citizenship, current and permanent addresses, telephone number(s), email address; academic degrees with dates of conferral, discipline and institution, as well as languages.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (up to two pages): In the first paragraph, you must include a title and explicitly describe how your proposed research engages with at least two Asian countries. Please also address: Your plan at each stage of your research during the fellowship; particular resources that you intend to use at each stage; the advantages of doing your postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard; and whom among the Harvard faculty you plan to seek out while in residence.
  • Transcript
  • Dissertation Abstract
  • Dissertation Table of Contents
  • List of Publications
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
Application date
25 Jan 2019
Date of residence
1 Sep 2019 to 30 Jun 2020
Duration
10 months
Country
America United States New England
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Award granted
U$$ 60.000 + research/travel funds
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