The China Studies Post-doctoral Fellowship (CSPF), offered jointly by Ashoka University (India) and the Harvard-Yenching Institute (US), is an opportunity for recent PhDs in China Studies to conduct a two-year study on China under the guidance of established scholars and simultaneously teach courses on China at top Indian universities.
The fully-funded fellowship is open to scholars who have either completed their PhD anytime after 2012 or will complete their PhD by Spring 2021 Semester, with their research specifically focussed on China (utilizing Chinese language sources) across various disciplines of humanities and social science. These include, but are not limited to, anthropology, archaeology, cultural studies, economics, geography, history, international relations, language and literature, legal history, philosophy, political science, religion and sociology. The fellowship is also open to scholars of China Studies who are teaching at Indian universities and wish to pursue novel research on China while continuing their teaching engagement at their current university. Applicants should have a working knowledge of Mandarin, sufficient for academic research.
The second cohort of the China Studies Post-doctoral Fellowship will consist of 6 fellows who will be placed across different Indian universities and who will start their fellowship tenure as early as the beginning of Fall 2021 semester. The fellowship will have both a research and a teaching component. The fellowship is extendable to an additional (third) year, which is conditional and based on the performance of the fellow in the first two years of the program.
In the 21st century, India needs to invest in its ability to understand its neighbors in order to grow and prosper. China plays an important role in the region and we need to study China and understand their economic, political, social, and historical conditions to support and enhance continued engagement. Both India and China, with their massive populations, economies, and environmental impacts, have outsized effects on the trajectory of global affairs. If there were a prime moment for India to invest in its ability to understand China better, this would be it.
The China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship aims at building an effective understanding of China within India by supporting scholars of China Studies to continue their research and supplement our nation’s learnings on China, and at the same time assisting host institutions in India to develop an effective capacity to learn more about our neighboring country.
Scholars who meet the following eligibility criteria can apply for the program:
Applicants should have completed their PhD by the start date of the fellowship. (If the date of conferral is after the application deadline, the application must include an institutional statement attesting that all requirements for the PhD have been fulfilled. Successful applicants will be asked to submit proof of conferral).
Applicants are scholars of China studies, demonstrated by the use of Mandarin sources in their research.
Applicants should have a working knowledge of written and/or spoken Mandarin. All applicants will be evaluated on their Mandarin competence through a language interview.
Preference may be given to Indian citizens/permanent residents. However, non-Indian citizens are highly encouraged to apply provided they are willing to make a commitment towards the development of China Studies as a discipline in India for at the least next four to five years.
Applicants must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 01, 2012.
Applicants should indicate a commitment to working in Indian academia for at least the next four to five years.
Note - The Fellowship is also open to scholars of China Studies who wish to continue teaching at their current university in India and are looking for an opportunity to conduct novel research on China. In this scenario, apart from the abovementioned criteria, the scholar will have to teach at least one course on China every semester at their current Indian university, throughout the duration of their fellowship. If selected, the scholar will receive only the research award.
Additional Salary Information: Stipend of INR 1,00,000 per month
Research award of INR 4,50,000 per annum
The stipend will be adjusted for inflation each year.
About Centre for China Studies, Ashoka University
The Centre for China Studies has been set up to build China Studies at Ashoka University as an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary area studies program with a strong commitment to disciplinary depth and language learning. Launched by a variety of capacity-building initiatives that enhance the study on China nationally, the Centre for China Studies is committed to becoming a leading institute on China-related research and collaboration across academic disciplines, and foster a greater understanding of China across academic, policy-making, and public audiences in India.
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