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The Wilson China Fellowship

Understanding China’s Impact on Asia and the U.S.

The Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Asia Program, in conjunction with the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, seeks applicants for the Wilson China Fellowship from policy-oriented academics with specialization in political, social, economic, security, or historical issues related to China. The aim of this new fellowship is to produce new and original pieces of research that improve understanding of the role that China is playing in the Indo-Pacific, its relations with its neighbors and the United States, and its impact on peace and security issues. Additionally, the Fellowship seeks to build bridges between traditional academia and the policy world, and to support a new generation of American scholarship on China.

Research Priorities

Research projects supported by this Fellowship will:

  • Focus on China’s impact on political, social, economic, security, or historical issues and its impact on China’s periphery, across Asia, and on China-U.S. relations.
  • Develop concepts or explore topics that are understudied, unconventional, unique, emerging, or new within academic and policy discussions.
  • Build upon historical and current research on U.S.-China relations and Chinese foreign policy.
  • Combine academic rigor with policy relevance.
  • Special consideration will be made for proposals that take an interdisciplinary approach.


The Wilson China Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens – residing in the U.S. or abroad – who have received a PhD from an accredited institution of higher education after January 1, 2009 in international relations, China studies, or a related field. Fellows will carry out their individual research at their home institutions, though a limited number of two-person collaborative research projects may be considered.

Work Requirements

Each Fellowship will last for one year, beginning in March and ending the following February. At the end of the Fellowship, each Fellow will be expected to produce a new and original piece of research – 7,000 words in length or longer – that is both academically rigorous and policy relevant. Written products cannot be derived from a preexisting piece of research, including unpublished dissertations or book manuscripts. Fellows will also participate in a conference in November, to be held at the Wilson Center, to present their findings publicly.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed annually. Additional information is available online.  The deadline for applications is December 31st, 2019.  All appointment decisions will be made in February 2020.


  • Eligibility: U.S. Citizens who received a PhD after January 1, 2009
  • Duration: One Year (March-February)
  • Stipend: $20,000
  • Status: Non-Resident
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 31st, 2019

How to Apply

Applications for the Fellowship will be accepted online only by December 31, 2019.  Additional information and the full application can be found here.  For more information, please email

This fellowship is made possible with the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York. 


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