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2023-24 Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Taiwan Studies

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Title 2023-24 Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Taiwan Studies
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Position Description
The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 competition for the Hou Family Fellowships in Taiwan Studies.
The Hou Family Fellowships in Taiwan Studies sponsors one Postdoctoral Fellow who recently graduated or is currently teaching to come to the Fairbank Center to pursue Taiwan-focused research in humanities and social sciences for six to twelve months between August 1, 2023, and July 31, 2024. Residence for the full academic year is encouraged.
The Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellow will have the opportunity to engage with the Fairbank Center’s interdisciplinary community of scholars and will have access to Harvard’s world-class libraries and other resources. In addition to maintaining their own research agenda, the Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the Fairbank Center community in ways that could include the following:
  • Presenting research to the Center’s Taiwan Studies Workshop series, or to other Fairbank Center events and audiences,
  • Participating in professional development and community building activities.

The Hou Family Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to be in residence full-time at the Fairbank Center for six months (minimum) to twelve months (maximum) between August 1, 2023 and July 31, 2024.
Total postdoctoral fellow salary: $55,000 for one year, plus up to $3,000 in research support funds. The postdoctoral fellow position is eligible for Harvard University benefits including health insurance.
Basic Qualifications
A strong working knowledge of English and Chinese or Taiwanese is required.
A doctoral degree is required by one month prior to the start of the fellowship.
Additional Qualifications
Applications are invited from recent PhDs in a relevant discipline of the humanities or social sciences whose research focuses on Taiwan.
Applicants may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of their PhD degree at the start of the fellowship. Priority will be given to applicants with no previous postdoctoral fellowships.
Harvard University doctoral degree recipients are not eligible for this fellowship.
Fellows are expected to reside in the Greater Boston area for the duration of the fellowship.
Candidates must provide confirmation of successful completion of their terminal doctoral degree, in the form of a diploma, certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution or a letter from the institution’s Registrar, by July 1, 2023, at the latest.
Candidates must notify the Fairbank Center of any changes to the information provided in their application that may impact eligibility. Failure to communicate such changes may result in disqualification.
Special Instructions
To apply, you are required to submit by March 15, 2023:
• Curriculum Vitae
• Cover letter
• Research proposal and plan for the fellowship period (no more than five pages, double-spaced)
• Writing sample (academic paper or dissertation chapter)
In addition, two to three letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by your references.
If you have not yet received your doctoral degree at the time of application, one of the letters must be from your PhD dissertation advisor.
All application materials must be in English.
Contact Information
Harriet Wong
Program Coordinator
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-4007
Contact Email harrietwong@fas.harvard.edu
Equal Opportunity Employer
The fellowships will be subject to all rules and regulations of Harvard University.
Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

Minimum Number of References Required 2
Maximum Number of References Allowed 3
Postdoctoral fellowship in Taiwan studies. Taiwan research. Contemporary Chinese studies. Taiwanese history. Taiwanese culture. Republic of China. Taiwan Straits.

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