China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications for AY2022-24 are now closed, please check back in Fall 2022 for the next application cycle.  


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 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, 2023. The next fellowship will begin August 1, 2023.


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

How to Apply 

Please fill out the online application form, upload your research proposal, current CV, scholarly writing samples and 2 letters of recommendation by Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 11:59PM EST.  All recommendation letters must be received for full consideration.Further inquiries should be directed to:
Laura Ma
Associate Director for China Programs
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation Harvard Kennedy School

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

Current China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellows