Students cannot be citizens of the People’s Republic of China, and must be enrolled in a doctoral program. Undergraduates, students in terminal Master’s programs, and post-doctoral students are not eligible. This award is open to both U.S. and international (non-Chinese) students. Applicants enrolled in U.S. institutions must apply for this award through IIE. Applications from U.S.-based students not submitted through IIE will not be considered for the fellowship. Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. Institution
  • Pursuing research in the arts, education, humanities, and social sciences with a focus on China
  • Have a minimum HSK test score level 3
  • Are not a citizen of the People's Republic of China 
  • Will not be recipients of other Chinese government scholarship funding
  • Will not have spent a significant amount of time in the People's Republic of China during the years of their secondary education

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The areas of research eligible for this funding are wide ranging. Students may pursue research in Language, Literature and the Arts, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Education, International Relations and Cross Cultural Studies, and Confucius Institute development and management. 

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