About the Harvard-Yenching Institute
The Institute is an independent foundation dedicated to advancing higher education in Asia in the humanities and social sciences, with special attention to the study of Asian culture.
About the Institute
The Institute offers fellowship programs to faculty members and doctoral students at leading East, Southeast, and South Asian universities in all fields of the humanities and social sciences.
The Institute also supports several publication series at Harvard and in Asia, publishes a book review series and working paper series, and provides support for the Harvard-Yenching Library as well as other research initiatives.
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Partner Institutions across Asia
Fellowships granted to faculty and grad students in Asia
The Harvard-Yenching Institute, founded in 1928, is funded by the estate of Charles M. Hall.
Mr. Hall was the inventor of a process for refining aluminum and founder of ALCOA.
HYI provided support to Harvard and 6 Christian colleges in China, including Yenching University.
Members of the HYI-funded Sinological Index research team, led by William Hung (洪业).
The Harvard-Yenching Office at Yenching University: Lin Yaohua, Wen Dujian, Qi Sihe, Zhou Yiliang
The Institute founded the Harvard-Yenching Library (1928) and the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (1936).
HYI supported the development of what became the East Asian Languages & Civilizations Dept.
The HYI Visiting Scholars Program began. (Pictured here: 1959-60 Visiting Scholars)
The Institute moved its office at Harvard to 2 Divinity Avenue.
Since the 1950s, HYI has offered fellowships for overseas study and research to Asia-based scholars.
National Institute for Japanese Linguistics and Language
Visiting Fellow, 2014 - 2015
Akiko Tokunaga-Yokoyama is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Social Sciences at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan. Her research interests include grammar description and language documentation of endangered languages. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on describing the grammar of the Okinoerabu language which is spoken on one of the Ryukyuan islands, located southwest of mainland Japan. She is also interested in language change, revitalization and cultural anthropology.View All Alumni
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Partners in Asia
The Harvard-Yenching Institute currently enjoys partnerships with more than sixty universities and research centers in mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and India.