Chinese Language Fellowship Program FAQs

I am a PhD student in a discipline other than political science. Can I still apply for this fellowship?

Yes. Although the fellowship is primarily designed for PhD students in political science, NBR and the independent advisory council will give full consideration to applicants from other disciplines, provided your thesis addresses a contemporary policy issue.

I am a 5th/6th year PhD student. Is it too late for me to do an intensive language study?

No. Any PhD students who have not yet finished their degree can apply to the Chinese Language Fellowship, although fellowship candidates usually apply within the first three years of their program.

I am a PhD student at a university outside the United States. Can I still apply to the fellowship?

Yes. Although the fellowship is primarily designed for PhD students at American Universities, NBR and the independent advisory council will give consideration to applicants in PhD programs overseas.

Does the fellowship support short-term language training over the summer?

No, fellows must participate in an intensive language program for at least one academic year.

Can I conduct dissertation research as I undergo intensive language training?

No. CLFP fellows are expected to devote full time study to their language training. The fellowship is not designed to support dissertation research.

Can I defer my fellowship award?

No. Applicants selected as CLFP fellows cannot defer the fellowship under any circumstance. Applicants can reapply for the fellowship the following year.

Does the fellowship support study of Chinese dialects (e.g. Cantonese or Taiwanese)?

NBR and the independent advisory council will review applications to study Chinese dialects such as Cantonese and Taiwanese on a case-by-case basis.

How do you define intermediate Chinese language ability?

CLFP fellows should have completed at least two years of college-level Chinese before beginning the fellowship.

Should I apply to the language program of my choice along with my application to the fellowship?

Yes. Since fellowship awards will not be announced until March–April, we recommend that candidates submit an application to their preferred language programs alongside their fellowship application.