China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship competition is suspended for AY 2022-2024. Please check this page for future updates.   

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School will offer up to two postdoctoral fellowships in the field of contemporary Chinese public policy to recent Ph.D. graduates of exceptional promise.


Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within five years of the start of the fellowship in a relevant discipline in the social sciences or history. Preference will be given to those working in the areas of domestic politics, political economy, business-government relations, state-society relations, environmental/energy governance, and social development in China, with a focus on public policy challenges. Knowledge of Chinese is required, specifically the ability to work with original Chinese language sources.

Residence in the Cambridge area and participation in the activities of the Center (such as our biweekly doctoral fellows workshop series) is required. It is expected that the successful applicant will give at least one research presentation or public talk during the fellowship period. Foreign nationals must be eligible for J-1 visa sponsorship.

Knowledge of Chinese is required, as well as the ability to work with original sources.

Those who are chosen to receive fellowships must have completed ALL requirements for the Ph.D. degree (including the dissertation defense) by June 1, 2020. Preference will be given to applicants with no previous postdoctoral fellowships.


Each fellowship will run for a period of up to two years. The recipient will receive an annual stipend of $60,000, Health insurance, and a work space. Some research/travel funds may also be available.

How to Apply

To submit an application for the AY2020-22 fellowship, please download the Post-Doc Application. Email the completed form, research proposal, writing samples and a current CV by December 2, 2019 (Monday) at 11:59PM EST to with “Postdoctoral Fellowships in China Public Policy” in the SUBJECT line. Recommendation letters should be emailed directly to the Ash Center from the referees.
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.


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