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 for overseas study and research to doctoral students and younger faculty members 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.
Visiting Scholar, 2016 - 2017
Chikamoto Kensuke is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Letters at Nagoya University. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Osaka University in Japan. His research interests center on examining Buddhist rituals from the perspective of their cultural history. His investigation into Buddhist sermons as well as the preachers and sermonizers who performed them attempts to clarify the significant role of religious words, and reveal the performing aspect of religious acts, which may be defined as a narrative art.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.