Chinese Language Fellowship Program

To better understand China and formulate effective policy, the United States needs to train a new generation of scholars who possess deep understanding of China’s contemporary politics, society, and modern history, as well as fluency in Chinese language. These specialists are essential to inform U.S. public policy and to train successive generations of American experts.

Chinese Language Fellowship ProgramThe Chinese Language Fellowship Program (CLFP) addresses these needs by providing fellowships of up to $45,000 to American PhD students 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 fellowship is intended to cover all expenses at a graduate student level, including tuition, housing living stipend, and other miscellaneous fees.

The Chinese Language Fellowship Program has been made possible through a generous grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Application for the 2020–21 academic year is now closed.


The Chinese Language Fellowship Program aims to:

  • Build a generation of American scholars with outstanding Chinese language skills, strengthening the level of national expertise in the field.
  • Ensure the quality of instruction for future generations of American students focused on China (based on the enhanced skills/training of those fellows who choose to remain and work within academia upon completing their PhDs).
  • Enrich the level of understanding of critical issues in U.S.-China relations, as well as the ability to shape policy in the United States and engage with Chinese stakeholders in China (based on the enhanced skills/training for those fellows who choose to enter public service after earning their PhDs).

Tsinghua University campus

Tsinghua University campus, Beijing (Photo by drnan tu)