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

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Title 2024-25 Hou Family Predoctoral 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 Predoctoral Fellow who is an advanced PhD candidate in the humanities or social sciences to come to the Fairbank Center to pursue Taiwan-focused research for six to twelve months between August 1, 2024, and July 31, 2025. Residence for the full academic year is encouraged.

The Hou Family Predoctoral 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 Predoctoral 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 and community building activities.

The Hou Family Predoctoral 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 Predoctoral Fellowship stipend: $50,000 for one year, plus up to $3,000 in research support funds. Health insurance is not provided, but stipend can be used to purchase a student health insurance plan.

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.

Applicants should be currently enrolled in a humanities or social science doctoral program at another institution.

A bachelor’s degree is required. A relevant master’s degree is beneficial.

Additional Qualifications

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

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

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

Candidates 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 will be required to submit by March 1, 2024:

  • Cover letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Transcript

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

  • Writing sample (academic paper or dissertation chapter)

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

In your application or cover letter you may indicate if there are specific Harvard faculty members with whom you would like to work during the fellowship. 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 harrietwong@fas.harvard.edu

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

Keywords

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