Fellowship Competition for In-residence Research

Institute for international research at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Nanjing, China

Academic Year 2006-2007

Program Overview

Purpose: Taking advantage of Nanjing's dynamic regional location, world-class historical archives, and the eighteen-year-old Hopkins-Nanjing Center, the institute's goal is to further collaborative research between international and Chinese scholars that promotes a broad research agenda. The institute supports projects that employ diverse methodologies, including survey research, archival research, and ethno-methodologies, and encourages (but does not require) collaborative research among scholars from the United States and China.

Resident at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, visiting fellows are be able to utilize and contribute to the Center's vibrant intellectual community and draw upon its academic resources, including its excellent library and research assistance. A Committee for Scholarly Access appointed by Nanjing University facilitates field and archival access in Nanjing and the surrounding region.

In addition to Nanjing's strength as a provincial capital at the forefront of social and economic change, the city's position as a center for Republican-era materials opens up many possibilities for research. Examples of the kinds of research projects that may be undertaken in the academic year 2006-2007 include but are not limited to: international relations and U.S.-China relations, modern Chinese history, judicial reform and the rule of law, the evolution of governing and administrative institutions, the impact of economic reforms, public health and the environment, the development of non-governmental organizations, and multicultural studies in the U.S. and China.

For the academic year 2006-2007, up to three fellowships will be awarded to western scholars and three fellowships to Chinese scholars. The fellowships include a financial award that covers some combination of salary support, living expenses, travel, and general research support. The amount of funding depends on the level of other external support that the successful applicant enjoys, such as grant funds or sabbatical salary support. Those candidates who have secured funding for their projects or who can demonstrate some salary support are especially attractive to the institute as this allows the appointment of additional fellows.


The competition is open to professors, associate professors and assistant professors, as well as established scholars holding non-faculty appointments. Individuals completing their post-doctoral training are also eligible for appointment as junior fellows. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field.

Ordinarily, research institute scholars will be in residence at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for either one semester or the academic year, though other arrangements may be considered. It is expected that fellows will pursue publication of their research findings in scholarly journals and credit the Institute accordingly. It is also expected that visiting fellows interact with the Hopkins-Nanjing Center community of students, providing, for example, two or three lectures while in residence at the Center. Proposals to have Center graduates, Nanjing University students, or Center students as research assistants are welcome as one way to broaden the program's outreach.


Please provide an application that includes:

(1) Curriculum vitae.
(2) Project Description. The application should include a 6-10 page, double-spaced description that addresses: the contours of the proposed project, the scholarly literature to which the research contributes, Chinese scholars with whom the applicant would collaborate (if joint research is anticipated), the project's feasibility, any particular academic resource needs, and why Nanjing is a suitable research site.
(3) Financial Support. Indicate specifics of financial support requested (line-by-line with dollar amounts required) and any external funding arrangements, including sabbatical salary support if applicable.
(4) Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a scholar in the relevant field not resident at the applicant's home institution.

Please Note: Due to the joint nature of the Institute for International Research, this Request for Proposal is valid for nationalities other than Chinese citizens, with one exception: Chinese citizens who are permanent residents of the U.S. and propose to study issues germane to China may apply through Johns Hopkins University. Otherwise, Chinese citizens studying issues relevant to the West or comparative in nature are welcome to contact Nanjing University directly for application instructions [Co-Director Chengfeng Huang at huangcf@nhc.nju.edu.cn].

Application Deadline

January 15, 2006 (post-marked)

Institute for International Research at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036-1984

For further information

Sharon Newman, Assistant Director, Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office. E-mail: snewman@jhu.edu; telephone: 202/663-5802.



The Institute for International Research at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, disability or veteran status.

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2006