An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
15 Nov 2016
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Title 2017-18 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships 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 2017-2018 competition for the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships in Chinese Studies. Research topics may cover any period of Chinese history or contemporary China and involve any academic discipline.

Basic Qualifications

A strong working knowledge of Chinese and English is required. Each fellow will be expected to pursue his or her own research and contribute to Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies programs. Priority will be given to candidates working in the fields of a) Environmental Humanities/Social Sciences or b) Digital Humanities/Social Sciences. However, applications are also welcome from scholars in other fields.

Applicants must be able to provide confirmation of successful completion of their Ph.D. degree by June 30, 2017, and may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D. at the start of the fellowship. Harvard University doctoral degree recipients are not eligible for this fellowship.

Additional Qualifications


Applications are welcome from candidates with a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline of the humanities, social sciences, or computer science.

While the position need not require any direct coding, candidates for the position must be able to work closely with programmers and designers employing a variety of web technologies and programming languages, be able to understand and evaluate their work, and have the ability to effectively communicate between technical and non-technical project collaborators. Applicants should specify their technical capacities (e.g. programming languages, software packages, etc.) in their application. Candidates whose primary background is in computer science should demonstrate that they understand the nature of research in humanities and social sciences and have experience working with humanists and social scientists in the China field.

In addition to maintaining his/her own research agenda, the fellow will provide assistance to affiliates of the Fairbank Center in the following sorts of activities as they relate to the development of particular research projects:
• Leading the Center’s Digital China Initiative training workshop for graduate students
• Selecting appropriate print and electronic information sources and tools
• Designing search strategies to ensure retrieval of all potentially relevant information
• Developing rigorous methods of information extraction and analysis
• Developing methods and structures for data management and analysis


Applications are welcome from candidates with a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline of the humanities or social sciences.

In addition to maintaining his/her own research agenda, the fellow will contribute to Harvard’s Environmental Humanities Initiative at the Fairbank Center and assist in ways that could include the following:
• Organizing conferences and workshops on topics such as China’s place in global ecosystems
• Developing an interdisciplinary online course on China and the environment that provides a historical foundation for the current environmental crises and includes perspectives of humanists, scientists, and policy specialists
• Leading training workshops in environmental humanities for interested graduate students

Special Instructions

The fellowship period is from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018.

Total stipend for one year: $50,000
Health insurance benefits for the An Wang fellowship recipients will also be provided.

Please submit the following materials to the online application system:

1. Curriculum vitae
2. A five-page, double-spaced research proposal
3. A writing sample
4. Two letters of recommendation

We also recommend submitting a sample syllabus for a graduate student workshop to be held in either the fall or spring semester.

All materials must be in English.

Contact Information

Nick Drake
Program Coordinator
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge,MA 02138

Contact Email ndrake@fas.harvard.edu Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 2 Maximum Number of References Allowed 2 Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Will you have successfully completed your Ph.D. degree by June 30, 2017?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * In what year did you receive your Ph.D.?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * In what discipline did you complete your Ph.D.?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please list those languages other than English in which you have fluency, specifying reading, spoken, or both

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please identify your primary area of research (field and temporal/geographic specialization).

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please list your research interests (200 character limit)

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please briefly describe the specific research project(s) you wish to complete during the fellowship (500 words or fewer).

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. How did you find out about this position?
    • Advertisement in print journal
    • Advertisement in online job search engine
    • Recommendation from a colleague
    • Departmental website
    • Blog

Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Statement of Research
  3. Writing Sample 1

Optional Documents

  1. Sample Syllabus

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