China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowships

China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School will offer one postdoctoral fellowship in the field of contemporary Chinese public policy to recent PhD degree recipients of exceptional promise for AY2022-24. Applications are due by January 5, 2022 (Wednesday) at 11:59PM EST

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Applicants must have received their PhD within five years of the start of the fellowship in a relevant social sciences discipline. Preference will be given to those working in the areas of contemporary domestic politics, political economy, business-government relations, state-society relations, and social/legal/economic development of China, particularly on issues related to urbanization, political/economic reform, energy/environment, social welfare, and civil society.

Knowledge of Chinese is required, as well as the ability to work with original sources. Residence in the Cambridge area and participation in the activities of the Center throughout the academic year are also required. It is expected that the successful applicant will give at least one research presentation during the fellowship period as well as participate in the Center’s publication program. Foreign nationals must be eligible for J-1 visa sponsorship.

Those who are chosen to receive fellowships must have their degree conferral by June 1, 2022. 

The next fellowship will begin August 1, 2022.


Each fellowship will run for a period of up to two years. The recipient will receive an annual stipend of $65,000, health insurance, and dedicated workspace. 

How to Apply 

To submit an application for the 2022-24 fellowship, please download the Post-Doc Application. Email the completed application form, research proposal, current CV, scholarly writing samples and 2 letters of recommendation by January 5, 2022 (Wednesday) at 11:59PM EST to with “China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship” in the SUBJECT line.  Recommendation letters must be emailed directly by the recommenders. All recommendation letters must be received for full consideration. 

Any inquiries regarding the fellowship should be directed to: Laura Ma, Associate Director for China Programs, at

Please note that we do not provide critique/feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Application date
Up to 2 years
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, History
Social sciences : Demography, Law, Economy, Geography, Management and Public administration, International Relations, Political science, Information and Communication Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Sociology