28 Feb 2023
Venue: ICS-HYI
Time: 10:00 AM





We are excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the ICS-HYI Multi-Year Doctoral Fellowship in China Studies for the upcoming 2023-24 academic year!

The Institute of Chinese Studies-Harvard Yenching Institute (ICS-HYI) Joint Scholarship for Doctoral Research is now established as one of the most sought after and prestigious scholarships for Indian scholars engaged in research on China. It is a long-term initiative of the ICS, in partnership with the HYI, for supporting and training the next generation of China scholars.

Two scholarships for a period of five years each are awarded to selected candidates enrolled in the doctoral programme in Indian universities. In the first year, the selected candidate would strengthen their Chinese language capabilities in India, and thereafter, spend the second year in a Chinese/Taiwanese university and the third year at the Harvard Yenching Institute in the United States.

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 research.

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 doctoral thesis, 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 Chinese 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


28 February 2023

2. Announcement of candidates selected for interview


Mid March 2023

3. Interviews


 End March 2023

4. Announcement of the final list of selected candidates


Early April 2023


You may also contact our ICS-HYI Fellows for enquiries related to the Fellowship:

  1. Dr. Veda Vaidyanathan (2014 ICS-HYI Fellow), Fung Global Fellow, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS); Associate, Harvard University Asia Center; Visiting Associate Fellow; Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi at
  2. Dr. Madhurendra Jha (2016 ICS-HYI Fellow), Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese Studies, School of Languages, Doon University at
  3. Mr. Pawan Amin (2020 ICS-HYI Fellow), Ph. D Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University at


For further enquiries, please contact | Website:


Thank you for submitting your applications for the ICS-HYI Multi-Year Doctoral Fellowship. We have acknowledged the receipt of all applications via email. If you have not received an acknowledgement email, please contact us at by Friday, 3rd March.


►Read more about the ICS-HYI Fellowship experience in Taiwan by Pawan Amin, ICS-HYI fellow, 2020 here

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