ICS-HYI Fellowship for China Studies: 2019

30 Nov 2018
Venue: ICS-HYI
Time: 12:00 AM

Applications are invited from Indian citizens for a multi-year doctoral fellowship in China Studies sponsored jointly by the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi (ICS) and the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts (HYI). The Fellowship encompasses substantial support for developing Chinese language skills and pursuing research in India, China and at Harvard.

The applicants must be registered in a PhD programme in an Indian university or in the process of applying to a PhD programme in the social sciences or humanities including anthropology, archaeology, cultural studies, economics, geography, history, international relations, language and literature, legal history, philosophy, political sciences, religion, and sociology with a specific China focus in their studies.

The Fellowship is subject to the following conditions:

  1. Research carried out by the candidate must have a China focus.
  2. The candidate must possess or must have the willingness to acquire Chinese language proficiency.
  3. The PhD synopsis of the candidate must be approved, or be in the process of being approved by the home university.

The selected candidates will have to sign a bond undertaking to spend the two years following submission of the PhD, in a teaching or research position in India that is of relevance to the development of China Studies.



The applicant will submit the following documents by e-mail to

  1. CV with academic record, awards, contact details
  2. Academic transcripts from MA-level onwards (scanned copies)
  3. PhD research proposal submitted or being submitted to the university. If the synopsis has not been finalised, a 1,000 word proposal outlining the research focus
  4. Statement of purpose, detailing candidate’s interest in China and relevance of the PhD proposal for Chinese studies or India-China comparative studies
  5. Proof of relevant language capability, if applicable (scanned copies)
  6. Three signed references on official letterheads, at least two of which must be from academics/scholars in universities or research institutions.



  1. Last date for receiving applications, including references     :           30 November2018
  2. Announcement of candidates selected for interview             :           10 December 2018
  3. Interviews                                                                              :                January 2019
  4. Announcement of final list of selected candidates                :                February 2019


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