Apply Now: The Chinese Language Fellowship Program for Current and Prospective American PhD Students

Oct 27, 2022 • Views -

Sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

The Chinese Language Fellowship Program (CLFP) is a nationwide initiative designed to strengthen and support the next generation of American scholars focused on China. The program supports students with a fellowship of up to $50,000 so that they can devote one year to intensive Chinese language training at an institution of the fellow’s choice, generally in China or Taiwan.

The Chinese Language Fellowship Program is organized by the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and has been made possible through a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

Learn more: www.nbr.org/clfp

Apply now: https://nbr.applicantpro.com/jobs/2612048.html

Contact: [email protected]


  1. PhD Track (up to $50,000)The PhD track of the CLFP allows currently enrolled PhD students to participate in a language program of their choice in Taiwan or China for ten months, followed by a summer language program during which fellows will take one-on-one classes in which they may choose to read primary sources directly related to their dissertation research.
  2. Prospective PhD Track (up to $40,000)
    The Prospective PhD track of the CLFP allows current or recent master’s degree students planning to pursue a PhD to participate in a language program of their choice in Taiwan or China for ten months. Applicants to the Prospective PhD track must be currently enrolled in a master’s program or recently graduated from a master’s program.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a fellowship, an applicant will:

  • Be a graduate student in a PhD program with a focus on China and policy OR be a current or recent graduate student in a master’s degree program.
  • Demonstrate, through transcripts from classes taken and/or the results of language assessment tests, an intermediate Chinese language ability. The fellowship is NOT intended to help beginner students of Chinese.
  • Be able to devote themselves to full-time intensive Chinese-language study for one academic year. The fellowship is NOT intended to support substantive doctoral research.
  • Desire to advance U.S. public policy toward China through improved expertise and understanding, or to contribute to scholarly research and teaching on China in order to develop future generations of China specialists.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Application Requirements

To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must submit:

  • A two-page summary resume, inclusive of academic and professional honors received (full academic CVs will not be reviewed).
  • A two-page cover letter that addresses how their proposed Chinese language program will contribute to their language training, doctoral studies, and future plans.
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic supervisor or professor (sent directly to Dylan Plung at [email protected]).
  • A letter of recommendation from a recent Chinese language teacher (sent directly to Dylan Plung at [email protected]).
  • Electronic transcripts from all educational institutions you are currently attending and/or from which they have received a degree (please upload as PDFs in the application portal).
  • A complete application form, answering questions about academic experiences, Chinese language skills, and Chinese language classes taken.
  • If you are applying to the Prospective PhD track…

Please explain your plans to pursue a PhD program in your cover letter.

Please ask your academic supervisor or professor to address your aptitude for a PhD program in his/her letter of recommendation.


Application Deadline and Selection Process

Applications are due by 11:59 PM (PT) on February 21, 2023. The Fellowship Program team will review all applications and make recommendations to an independent selection committee that will meet and make final decisions in March. Awards will be conferred and announced by mid-April 2023.


About NBR

NBR is an independent, nonpartisan research institution based in Seattle and Washington, D.C. We bring world-class scholarship to bear on the evolving strategic environment in Asia through original, policy-relevant research, and we invest in our future by training the next generation of Asia specialists.

With power, risk, and opportunity concentrating in Asia, the National Bureau of Asian Research tackles those critical issues that America’s leaders need to understand – because the decisions they make matter and the stakes are high. As the nation’s Asia policy think tank, we envision a future that is free, open, secure, and prosperous for all.


How to Apply

Applications are due by 11:59 PM (PT) on February 21, 2023. Apply Now

Learn more: www.nbr.org/clfp

Contact: [email protected]

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