Become an Affiliate

Visiting Scholar

Visiting Scholar

The Asia Center invites applications from candidates whose proposed research foci align with the Center’s mission of “generating and sharing knowledge about Asia in transnational and transregional perspective and fostering teaching, collaboration, and innovation across and beyond cultural and disciplinary boundaries.”

Term: The minimum length of affiliation is three months; the maximum is one year with the possibility of renewal for up to two years.

Qualifications: Must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent), have a current appointment at an academic institution, and have the appropriate English fluency to engage with and contribute to the Asia Center scholarly community.

Conditions of affiliation: Must be sponsored by a current Harvard junior or senior faculty member (please refer to the Asia Center Affiliate Faculty Sponsor Acknowledgement Form for details on sponsor responsibilities) and participate regularly in Asia Center activities. Visiting Scholars will be expected to give a talk or prepare a paper on his/her/their research during the appointment.

Services provided by the Asia Center: Harvard ID card that provides library privileges; Asia Center business cards; Harvard e-mail address; J-1 visa sponsorship; limited staff support; access to a shared printer and copier; a desk in a shared office (dependent on availability).

Please note that appointments are unpaid.

Application Procedure

The following documents must be submitted to Tenzin Ngodup (tngodup@fas.harvard.edu) by the deadline below: 

     • Asia Center Application for Affiliation
     • Research proposal detailing what the applicant plans to accomplish during the appointment
     • Current CV or résumé
     • Letter of support from the faculty sponsor (sent directly from faculty sponsor)
     • Certification of English Language Proficiency (filled out and signed by faculty sponsor)
     • Asia Center Affiliate Faculty Sponsor Acknowledgement form (faculty sponsorship is a critical piece of the application) 

Deadlines

Fall term start
Deadline to apply: Friday, February 14, 2020
Decision: April 2020

Spring term start
Deadline to apply: Friday, August 16, 2019
Decision: October 2019

Fellow

Fellow

The Asia Center invites applications from candidates whose proposed research foci align with the Center’s mission of “generating and sharing knowledge about Asia in transnational and transregional perspective and fostering teaching, collaboration, and innovation across and beyond cultural and disciplinary boundaries.”

Term: The minimum length of affiliation is three months; the maximum is one year with possibility of renewal for up to three years.

Qualifications: Must hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) or higher academic degree and have the appropriate English fluency to engage with and contribute to the Asia Center scholarly community.

Conditions of affiliation: Must be sponsored by a current Harvard junior or senior faculty member (please refer to the Asia Center Affiliate Faculty Sponsor Acknowledgement Form for details on sponsor responsibilities) and participate regularly in Asia Center activities. Fellows will be expected to give a talk or prepare a paper on his/her/their research during the appointment.

Services provided by the Asia Center: Harvard ID card that provides library privileges; Asia Center business cards; Harvard e-mail address; J-1 visa sponsorship; limited staff support; access to a shared printer and copier; a desk in a shared office (dependent on availability).

Please note that appointments are unpaid.

Application Procedure

The following documents must be submitted to Tenzin Ngodup (tngodup@fas.harvard.edu) by the deadline below: 

     • Asia Center Application for Affiliation
     • Research proposal detailing what the applicant plans to accomplish during the appointment
     • Current CV or résumé
     • Letter of support from the faculty sponsor (sent directly from faculty sponsor)
     • Certification of English Language Proficiency (filled out and signed by faculty sponsor)
     • Asia Center Affiliate Faculty Sponsor Acknowledgement form (faculty sponsorship is a critical piece of the application) 

Deadlines

Fall term start
Deadline to apply: Friday, February 14, 2020
Decision: April 2020

Spring term start
Deadline to apply: Friday, August 16, 2019
Decision: October 2019

Associate

Associate

The Asia Center invites applications from candidates whose proposed research foci align with the Center’s mission of “generating and sharing knowledge about Asia in transnational and transregional perspective and fostering teaching, collaboration, and innovation across and beyond cultural and disciplinary boundaries.”

Term: The minimum length of affiliation is three months; the maximum is one year with possibility of renewal for up to five years.

Qualifications: Must hold a master's degree (or equivalent) or higher academic degree.

Conditions of affiliation: Must be sponsored by a current Harvard junior or senior faculty member (please refer to the Asia Center Affiliate Faculty Sponsor Acknowledgement form for details on sponsor responsibilities).

Services provided by the Asia Center: Harvard ID card that provides library privileges; Asia Center business cards; Harvard e-mail address. No visa sponsorship, staff support, or office space is provided.

Please note that appointments are unpaid.

Application Procedure

The following documents must be submitted to Tenzin Ngodup (tngodup@fas.harvard.edu) by the deadline below: 

     • Asia Center Application for Affiliation
     • Research proposal detailing what the applicant plans to accomplish during the appointment
     • Current CV or résumé
     • Letter of support from the faculty sponsor (sent directly from faculty sponsor)
     • Certification of English Language Proficiency (filled out and signed by faculty sponsor)
     • Asia Center Affiliate Faculty Sponsor Acknowledgement form (faculty sponsorship is a critical piece of the application) 

Deadlines

Fall term start
Deadline to apply: Friday, February 14, 2020
Decision: April 2020

Spring term start
Deadline to apply: Friday, August 16, 2019
Decision: October 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow

As part of its mission to promote intra- and inter-Asian research, the Asia Center offers two postdoctoral fellowships.

The Asia Center Postdoctoral Fellowship is available to recent Ph.D. graduates who engage seriously with at least two Asian countries. In the case of Southeast Asia, research may be on a single country, although preference will be given to applicants with comparative or cross-border projects.

The Victor and William Fung Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship is available to recent Ph.D. graduates who engage seriously with at least two Asian countries, with the requirement that their research include a component dealing with Greater China.

Applicants may apply to one or both fellowships using the same application.

Fellowship Grant: 

1. Each fellowship will cover a 10-month period, beginning September 1, 2019, with a stipend of $60,000, health insurance coverage for the grantee, and up to $5,000 in research/travel funds.

2. Postdoctoral fellows will be provided shared office space, a Harvard email address, and access to the libraries and resources of Harvard University. 

Responsibilities of Postdoctoral Fellows:

Residence in the metro Boston area and regular participation in Asia Center activities are required during the appointment. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to give a presentation in the Asia Center Seminar Series. 

Eligibility:

Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree in 2014 or later in any area of the humanities, social sciences, or related fields, with serious engagement with at least two Asian countries. In the case of Southeast Asia, research may be on a single country, although preference will be given to applicants with comparative or cross-border projects. Fellowship recipients must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree by July 1, 2019. 

Required Documents:

     • Curriculum Vitae: Please include citizenship, current and permanent addresses, telephone number(s), email address; academic degrees with dates of conferral, discipline and institution, as well as research languages.
     • Cover Letter
     • Statement of Research (up to two pages): What do you plan to do at each stage of your research during the fellowship? What particular resources do you intend to use at each stage? What are the advantages of doing your postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard? Who among the Harvard faculty do you plan to seek out while in residence?
     • Transcript
     • Dissertation Abstract
     • Dissertation Table of Contents
     • List of Publications
     • Two Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadline: January 25, 2019

Decisions made by early March 2019.

 

Graduate Student Associate

Graduate Student Associate

As part of its mission to promote intra- and inter-Asian research, the Asia Center invites Harvard University graduate students who engage seriously with at least two Asian countries to become Asia Center Graduate Student Associates (GSA).

Students may be from any school or department of the university. Preference will be given to those in doctoral programs. Students who combine work on another world region with scholarship on at least two Asian societies are also encouraged to apply. The Asia Center requires that its GSAs participate actively in the Asia Center’s graduate student colloquium, which will meet bi-weekly on Thursdays from 11:45 am - 1:30 pm, and to present on their research once or twice annually.

The goal of the GSA program is to create a community of graduate students from a range of disciplines whose research transcends national boundaries in meaningful ways. Applicants from all schools at Harvard are encouraged to apply. Participation as a GSA will provide students with the opportunity not only to receive feedback on their own transnational and comparative work, but also to become conversant in approaches and methodologies across disciplines and national boundaries, which is essential in today’s academy.

The Asia Center will provide GSAs with $1,000 annually to support approved research activities. GSAs can apply to renew their status as long as they are enrolled at Harvard, for a maximum of three years.


Graduate Student Associates in Residence

The Asia Center Graduate Student Associates in Residence (GSAR) program provides a limited number of Asia Center GSAs with shared office space in the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) South Building. GSARs are students in the final year or two of dissertation-writing. The Asia Center expects its GSARs to use their offices regularly (at least three days per week). Because of space limitations in CGIS, the Asia Center at present can house only six GSARs.

Application Procedure

There is a single application for GSA and for GSAR available via CARAT (under “Asia Center Graduate Student Associate Program"). Application materials will include transcript, statement of research plan, one recommendation letter, and the GSAR selection sheet, if applicable. Please contact Jorge Espada (jorge_espada@harvard.edu) with any questions regarding the application process.

Please note: Students with qualifying projects who are GSAs or equivalent at other Harvard centers are also welcome to apply to become Asia Center GSAs, but students who have office space through other Harvard centers or departments are not eligible for an Asia Center office.

Extended Application Deadline:

Monday, May 6, 2019

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