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Harvard University 2024-25 Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Taiwan Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title 2024-25 Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Taiwan Studies

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Position Description

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the 2024-2025 competition for the Hou Family Fellowships in Taiwan Studies.

The Hou Family Fellowships in Taiwan Studies sponsors one Postdoctoral Fellow who recently graduated or is currently teaching to pursue Taiwan-focused research in humanities and social sciences for six to twelve months between August 1, 2024, and July 31, 2025. Residence at the Fairbank Center for the full academic year is encouraged.

The Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to engage with the Fairbank Center’s interdisciplinary community of scholars and will have access to Harvard’s world-class libraries and other resources. In addition to maintaining their own research agenda, the Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the Fairbank Center community in ways that could include the following:

  • Presenting research to the Center’s Taiwan Studies Workshop series, or to other Fairbank Center events and audiences,

  • Participating in professional development workshops and serving as a mentor for current graduate students,

  • Attending seminars and academic events and participating in community building activities.

The Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to be in residence full-time at the Fairbank Center for six months (minimum) to twelve months (maximum) between August 1, 2024 and July 31, 2025.

Total Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellowship stipend: $65,000 for one year, plus up to $3,000 in research support funds. The Postdoctoral Fellow position is eligible for Harvard University’s subsidized comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and other benefits.

The Fellowship will be subject to all rules and regulations of Harvard University.

Basic Qualifications

A strong working knowledge of English and Chinese or Taiwanese is required.

A doctoral degree is required. The doctoral diploma or Registrar’s certificate of degree completion will be required by one month prior to the start of the fellowship (before July 1, 2024).

Fellows are expected to reside in the Greater Boston area for the duration of the fellowship.

Additional Qualifications

Applications are invited from recent PhDs in a relevant discipline of the humanities or social sciences whose research focuses on Taiwan.

Applicants may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of their PhD degree at the start of the fellowship. Priority will be given to applicants with no previous postdoctoral fellowships.

Harvard University doctoral degree recipients are not eligible for this fellowship.

Candidates must provide confirmation of successful completion of their terminal doctoral degree, in the form of a diploma, certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution or a letter from the institution’s Registrar, by July 1, 2024, at the latest.

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.

Special Instructions

To apply, you are required to submit by March 1, 2024:

• Curriculum Vitae

• Cover letter

• Research proposal and plan for the fellowship period (no more than five pages, double-spaced)

• Writing sample (academic paper or dissertation chapter)

  • Doctoral diploma, if available

In addition, two to three letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by your references.

If you have not yet received your doctoral degree at the time of application, one of the letters must be from your PhD dissertation advisor.

In your application cover letter you may indicate if there are specific Harvard faculty members with whom you would like to work during the fellowship year. Please do not contact faculty directly at this stage.

All application materials must be in English.

Contact Information

Harriet Wong

Program Coordinator

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

(617) 495-4007

Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer

The fellowships will be subject to all rules and regulations of Harvard University.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

Minimum Number of References Required 2

Maximum Number of References Allowed 3


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