List of Fellowships for Research Abroad (With a Focus on China Studies)

The fellowship-application season is fast approaching for many would-be dissertators. I decided to compile a list of some major awards to keep track of all the deadlines and requirements, and I’m putting it here for the benefit of others who might also be interested in these fellowships. One thing that I realized too late is that the deadlines of most Taiwan-based scholarships (and one Japanese scholarship) come much earlier than the US application season. If anyone is applying for the 2014 academic year, remember to start far ahead in the spring of 2013!

Last updated: 2012.09.24

Some points to note:

  • This list includes fellowships for PhD candidates that support one or more years of research in Asia.
  • The list mostly covers awards that best fit my profile (Canadian citizen; Columbia student; specialization in Chinese history with comparative interests in Japan). I have not researched some obvious awards (such as FLAS and Fulbright) that are for US citizens only.
  • In cases when the fellowships have not been announced for the upcoming season, I have used dates listed for the previous application season.
  • The information contained in this page may include mistakes; please use at your own risk.
  • If anyone is willing to share information on other awards not already on this list (including those for US citizens), please provide the relevant information in the comments section, and I’ll try to add them.

For Research Anywhere

SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship
Deadline: November 7, 2012
Notification of results: May 2013
Commencement: July 2013-January 2014
Duration: 9-12 months
Note: Must achieve ABD status by December 2013.

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
Deadline: November 15, 2012
Notification of results: April 1, 2013
Commencement: June-September, 2013
Duration: 9-12 months
Note: Must have dissertation proposal approved by April 1 and achieve ABD status by September 1, 2013.

Columbia GSAS International Travel Fellowship
Deadline: February 6, 2012
Commencement: September 2012 or January 2013
Duration: One semester or one academic year
Note: For Columbia students only.

For Research in Mainland China

ACLS Pre-Dissertation Grants for Research in China
Deadline: November 15, 2012
Notification of results: May 1, 2013
Duration: 3-4 months
Note: Need to have ABD status by June 2013.

Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program
Deadline: November 2011?
Notification of results: August 1, 2012
Commencement: September 2012?
Duration: 4-12 months
Note: For Canadian citizens undertaking academic studies (including language study) or research related to China.

For Research in Taiwan

Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies
Deadline: May 31, 2012
Commencement: January 2013 or later?
Duration: 3-12 months

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Taiwan Fellowship
Deadline: July 15, 2012
Commencement: January 2013 or later?
Duration: 3-12 months
Note: Research must be related to Taiwan or China.

Academia Sinica Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Deadline: ?
Duration: 1 year
Note: For the application guideline in Chinese, see here.

For Research in Japan

MEXT Scholarship (Research Student Category)
(文部科学省奨学金 研究留学生)
Deadline: May 18, 2012 (for Canadian citizens)
Notification of results: February 2013
Commencement: April or October 2013
Duration: 18-24 months
Note: Not primarily for dissertation research. There are slight variations in the application deadline and instructions depending on the applicant’s country of citizenship. For an account of the application experience by a successful US applicant, see here.

Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship
Deadline: December 1, 2012 (November 1 for US citizens)
Notification of results: April 2013
Commencement: Between May 20, 2013 and March 15, 2014
Duration: 4-14 months
Note: Research must be related to Japan (including comparative studies).

* US citizens should also look into the SSRC-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship.

Index of Awards by Application Deadline

May: Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant; MEXT Scholarship
July: Taiwan Fellowship
November: SSRC; Melon Foundation; ACLS; Japan Foundation (US citizens)
December: Canada-China Exchange Program; Japan Foundation
February: Columbia Travel Fellowship

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