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Fellowships at the Needham Research Institute

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Program Summary

The Needham Research Institute (NRI), home of the Science and Civilisation in China project, provides scholars with excellent facilities for research into the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia.

Funds granted by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation make it possible for the NRI to offer a number of one-semester fellowships (including the "Summer semester") tenable at the Institute for US-based scholars and researchers working within the broad field of the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia. Applications are now invited for the first awards, which are tenable as soon as possible. Applications must include CV and a description of the work that will be done during the period of the fellowship, together with two letters of recommendation from qualified persons. The project description should indicate why it would be particularly helpful for the researcher to be able to work at the NRI. It is expected that applications received by February 1st will receive a decision by mid-February. Applications may however be made with a view to taking up fellowships at a later date: informal advance enquiries by e-mail are encouraged.


The fellowships will be awarded without distinction of gender, ethnic origin or other factors irrelevant to scholarly merit. Other things being equal, preference will be given to proposals from scholars at an earlier stage of their careers, but others should not feel precluded from making applications.

The remit of these fellowships is intended to be as wide as is necessary to maximise the contribution they can make to the development of what is a varied and lively field. There are some indispensable requisites, however:

(1) Recipients must be engaged in research using primary materials in East Asian languages. This is not however intended to exclude candidates who are also using western-language materials to carry out research into contacts between China and other countries.

(2) Recipients must either hold academic posts in a US university, or be registered for a research degree in a US university.


The fellowships will meet the costs of economy air travel to the UK, together with a grant adequate to cover living costs in Cambridge for one semester, and some support for research expenses and travel in the UK. While these fellowships are primarily intended to fund one-semester visits, under exceptional circumstances they may be held for longer periods.




Please send applications and enquiries too:

The Administrator
Needham Research Institute,
8 Sylvester Road,
Cambridge CB3 9AF


Asia Institute