Visiting Fellows Program

Visiting Fellows Program


This program provides advanced Ph.D. candidates at our partner institutions an opportunity to conduct dissertation research at Harvard University for one academic year (12 months). Applicants do not have to be working on Asian studies topics to be eligible. However, preference is given to those in East Asian Studies whose research would benefit from the resources of the Harvard-Yenching Library. Successful applicants join researchers at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, and have access to all Harvard University libraries.

Terms and Conditions

The Visiting Fellows program is exclusively for individuals at our partner institutions in Asia, and candidates must be nominated through their university’s foreign affairs or international office. The program is only open to citizens of Asian countries. The selection criteria include academic training, quality of research proposal, and depth of subject knowledge, originality of the proposal as well as feasibility of conducting the research at Harvard and match with a Harvard faculty member. Fellows are provided with a monthly stipend and individual medical insurance coverage while at the Institute. 

Eligible Fields

Fields of research in the humanities and social sciences to be considered are:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Area and International Studies
  • Art and Architectural History
  • History (including economic and legal history)
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Media and Film Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Study of Religion
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Scholars in the fields of Economics, Education, Geography, Law, Psychology, and Public Administration may be considered, but must check with the Institute before submitting applications. Applicants do not have to be working on Asian studies topics to be eligible.

Application Process

Only applicants whose universities are affiliated with HYI are eligible to apply. HYI can only accept applications submitted by the applicant’s international or foreign affairs office. Interested individuals should contact their International or Foreign Affairs Office for more information.

The annual deadline for applications is September 30th. All applicants and university administrators will be notified of selection results by late February of the following year. The program begins in August.

For information or inquiries, please contact our program office at

Helpful Information for Applicants

Please visit this page for more information on your dissertation description, recommendation letters, interviews and the application review process: