An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Studies at Harvard

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Studies at Harvard

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships have historically supported junior scholars in any discipline. Postdoctoral fellows are chosen from a competitive selection process. They spend one year at the Fairbank Center working on a book manuscript or articles. In addition, they deliver research presentations to the Fairbank Center community and mentor the Center’s graduate students.

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2020-2021 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (FCCS) at Harvard University is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 competition for the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies.

This year the Fairbank Center is offering two fellowships to support postdoctoral participants in an interdisciplinary research group that will focus on issues of science and technology in the making of modern China. This research group will be led by Professors Susan Greenhalgh (Anthropology), Victor Seow (History of Science), Arunabh Ghosh (History), and Ya-Wen Lei (Sociology).


Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements (dissertation completed and filed) between May 2015 and July 2020. Applications from individuals who hold or have held full-time teaching appointments will not be considered. Only applicants working on issues of science and technology in modern China in line with the Fairbank Center’s mission need apply. Preference will be given to applicants who are currently working on revising their Ph.D. thesis for publication as a book or who are just beginning a second major research project. Holders of a Harvard University doctoral degree are not eligible for the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Applicants must notify the Fairbank Center of any changes to the information provided in their application that may impact eligibility. Failure to communicate such changes may result in disqualification. If awarded the fellowship, the scholar must provide confirmation of successful completion of their Ph.D. degree, in the form of a diploma, certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution, or a letter from the institution’s Registrar, no later than August 1, 2020.

The fellowship period is from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021.

Total stipend for An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows: $60,000

Health insurance benefits for the An Wang Fellowship recipients and $1000 for scholarly activities will also be provided. Fellows must reside in the Greater Boston area for the duration of the fellowship.

Application Process

To apply, you will be required to submit an online application, which can be accessed here.

You are required to submit:
• CV
• A one to two-page cover letter that briefly states your interest in the program, your background, and a summary of your research project. The letter should include one or two ideas for topics in science and technology in modern China to serve as the basis of a one-day conference that you would like to help organize in spring 2021.
• A five-page, double-spaced research proposal
• A writing sample
• Two letters of reference

If you have not received your degree at the time of application, your dissertation adviser must also submit the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship Adviser Confirmation Form. This form must be completed by your adviser and submitted to Nick Drake at no later than January 22, 2020.

All materials must be in English.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Contact Nick Drake at or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

The fellowships will be subject to all rules and regulations of Harvard University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.