An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Studies at Harvard

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Studies at Harvard

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships have historically supported junior scholars in any discipline. Postdoctoral fellows are chosen from a competitive selection process. They spend one year at the Fairbank Center working on a book manuscript or articles. In addition, they deliver research presentations to the Fairbank Center community and mentor the Center’s graduate students.

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2021-2022 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (FCCS) at Harvard University is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 competition for the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies.

This year the Fairbank Center is offering two fellowships to support postdoctoral participants in an interdisciplinary research group that will focus on Meaningful Ageing and End of Life in China: A Multidisciplinary US-China Collaboration. This research group will be led by Professors Winnie Yip (T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Arthur Kleinman (Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Harvard Medical School). The primary objective of this research group is to conduct in-depth study and analyses in order to understand what constitutes a meaningful life for older people in China and what policies and actions can be designed to advance that objective. The group will adopt an inter-disciplinary and comparative approach, drawing on experiences and lessons from other relevant countries. Examples of questions to be examined include: What does purpose/meaning-driven ageing mean and how does it manifest in the context of Chinese culture, ethics and social values? What kind of care system should policymakers be considering (e.g., palliative care, other forms of end of life care) in integrating medical care with socially and culturally meaningful support? What is the role of social technology in communicating and intervening in the perceived worth of elders experiences of living? What is the role of the government versus the market in financing and delivering an eldercare system that suits the preferences of the Chinese elderly? How do we guide urban planning and housing policies so as to enhance social and cultural values in a physical environment for elders who reside either in institutions or residences?

As part of the group, fellows’ primary responsibility will be to conduct their proposed research project under the mentorship of Profs. Yip and Kleinman. Using the balance of their available time, they will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities to be decided upon by the group, but which may include presentation in seminars, contribution to a white paper summarizing the group’s analyses and policy recommendations for aging in China, or other interdisciplinary engagements and collaborations with the scholarly community at Harvard.


A strong working knowledge of Chinese and English is required. Applicants must provide confirmation of successful completion of their Ph.D. degree, in the form of a certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution or a letter from the institution’s Registrar, by August 1, 2021 at the latest. The group is particularly interested in applicants with a degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Comparative Politics, Economics, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology. Applicants may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D. at the start of the fellowship and must reside in the Greater Boston area for the duration of the fellowship. Harvard University doctoral degree recipients are not eligible for this fellowship.

Applicants must notify the Fairbank Center of any changes to the information provided in their application that may impact eligibility. Failure to communicate such changes may result in disqualification. If awarded the fellowship, the scholar must provide confirmation of successful completion of their Ph.D. degree, in the form of a diploma, certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution, or a letter from the institution’s Registrar, no later than August 1, 2021.

The fellowship period is from August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022.

Total stipend for An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows: $60,000

Health insurance benefits and $3000 for scholarly activities will also be provided to each fellow. In addition, there are potential funding opportunities for presentation in international conference and a research trip to China.

Application Process:

To apply, you will be required to submit an online application, which can be accessed here.

You are required to submit:
• CV
• A one to two-page cover letter that briefly states your interest in the program, your background, and a summary of your research project. The letter should include one or two ideas for topics in ageing and end of life in China to serve as the basis of a seminar or other scholarly contribution to the research group.
• A five-page, double-spaced research proposal
• A writing sample
• Two letters of reference

If you have not received your degree at the time of application, your dissertation adviser must also submit the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship Adviser Confirmation Formopens PDF file . This form must be completed by your adviser and submitted to Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email no later than February 19, 2021.

All materials must be in English.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

Contact Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

The fellowships will be subject to all rules and regulations of Harvard University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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