ICS-HYI Fellowship for China Studies: 2022

15 Jan 2022
Venue: ICS-HYI
Time: 10:00 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 the date of birth, 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 the 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


31 January 2022

2. Announcement of candidates selected for interview


End February 2022

3. Interviews


 Early March 2022

4. Announcement of the final list of selected candidates


End March 2022


For further enquiries related to the Fellowship, please contact Dr. Veda Vaidyanathan (Associate, Harvard University Asia Center, Visiting Associate Fellow, ICS and ICS-HYI Fellow (2014) at ) and Dr. Madhurendra Jha (Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese Studies, School of Languages, Doon University and ICS-HYI Fellow (2016) at and copy

To know more about the program, listen to our previous ICS-HYI Fellows share their experience about the fellowship:

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