Graduate Student Associate Program

Graduate Student Associates

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, in their G2 year or after. For those in PhD programs, some preference will be given. Students who combine work on another world region with scholarship on at least two Asian societies are also encouraged to apply. The Asia Center expects its GSAs to participate actively in the Asia Center’s graduate student colloquium (which will meet bi-weekly and be led by the Asia Center director), presenting on their research once or twice annually. GSAs may also be asked to read undergraduate applications for winter and summer research grants.

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, 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 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/week). Because of space limitations in CGIS, the Asia Center at present can house only six GSARs.


There is a single application for GSA and for GSAR, due Friday, February 10, 2017. The application is available via CARAT (under “Asia Center Graduate Student Associate Program. Application materials will include transcript, statement of research plan, and one recommendation letter. Please contact Jorge Espada ( 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 shared (or private) office space through other Harvard centers or departments are not eligible to be Asia Center GSARs.