Fellowship Eligibility and Application

Qualified applicants for the Chinese Language Fellowship will:

  • Be a student in a PhD program in political science, with a focus on China, at a U.S. university. (In exceptional cases, the Selection Committee may review applications from PhD students in other policy-relevant academic disciplines, such as modern history or international political economy.)
  • Demonstrate an intermediate Chinese language ability (e.g., through transcripts from classes taken and/or the results of language assessment tests) and a clear commitment to expand their Chinese language skills. The fellowship is NOT intended to help beginner students of Chinese.
  • Desire to advance 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.

To apply, candidates must submit:

  • A two-page summary resume (full academic CVs will not be reviewed).
  • A two-page 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 their academic supervisor.
  • A letter of recommendation from a Chinese language teacher.
  • A complete application form, answering questions about academic experience, Chinese language abilities.


Application for the 2020–21 academic year opens in September 2019.


The Chinese Language Fellowship Program team will review all applications in February and make recommendations to an independent selection committee that will meet and make decisions in March. Awards will be conferred and announced in mid-April 2020, prior to the registration deadlines for universities in Taiwan and China offering intensive language programs.


Download the Chinese Language Fellowship Program brochure.


For any questions, contact clfp@nbr.org.

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