Harvard-Yenching Library Research Grant

Update (August 2020): Given the current circumstances and uncertainty about when Harvard’s campus will reopen, potential applicants should contact HYI before submitting an application


This grant allows Asia-based senior scholars with proven publication records who have identified a specific collection of Asian-language materials uniquely available in the Harvard-Yenching Library to apply for 3-6 months of research support to use these materials. Priority is given to scholars working on inter-Asian comparative projects.

Terms and conditions

This competitive fellowship is limited to supporting a maximum of two scholars per year. Fellowship recipients may spend between 3-6 months at Harvard. The grant consists of economy fare round trip transportation to Cambridge, a monthly stipend and medical insurance for the individual scholar. This grant is not intended to supplement or extend another award the applicant has already received.

Applicants must be based at an institution of higher education outside of the United States at the time of application. Preference will be given to scholars at Asia-based universities. Former recipients of Harvard-Yenching Institute scholarships/fellowships are not eligible.

Application Process

Applicants must apply at least six months in advance of the time that they would like to begin research. There are two deadlines for submission of applications to the program each year: April 15 and October 15. Please submit application materials by e-mail to hyiprog@fas.harvard.edu. Complete applications should include: application form, research proposal, C.V. (including list of publications), and two letters of recommendation from scholars knowledgeable about the applicant’s abilities as well about the research project being proposed. Applicants to this program will be notified no later than six weeks after the application deadline.