This program, facilitated by the participation of nine partner institutions in China, seeks to foster a cross-national network of scholars by bringing to the Harvard-Yenching Institute scholars of Indian Studies in China. They will be joined at HYI by selected candidates from HYI’s Chinese Studies in India program (a joint doctoral fellowship program with the Institute for Chinese Studies in Delhi to encourage Chinese studies in India).

The program’s host institutions in China (Beijing Normal University, Central China Normal University, East China Normal University, Fudan University, Peking University, Shandong University, Sichuan University, Tsinghua University, and Yunnan University) will be invited to nominate a small number of outstanding doctoral students or younger faculty members in Indian studies to come to HYI as Visiting Fellows or Visiting Scholars. Selected candidates will join their Indian counterparts at the Harvard-Yenching Institute for a one-year stay.


Candidates who are doctoral students must be citizens of an Asian country. There is no citizenship restriction for candidates who are junior faculty. Candidates who are faculty members should have received their doctorate in the past 7 years.


Candidates must be affiliated with one of the program’s host institutions in China:

  • Beijing Normal University
  • Central China Normal University
  • East China Normal University
  • Fudan University
  • Peking University
  • Shandong University
  • Sichuan University
  • Tsinghua University
  • Yunnan University

Terms and Conditions

Scholars and Fellows are provided with a monthly stipend and individual medical insurance coverage while at the Institute.

Application Process

Applications for nomination to the program should be submitted to the candidate’s home university.