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Graduate Fellowships in Chinese Studies

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The Centers for Chinese Studies (CCS), Japanese Studies (CJS) and Korean Studies (CKS) (CKS) and the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) announce their 2014-2015 fellowship competitions for continuing graduate students in East Asian studies. Students may apply to only one of the four Center/Institute competitions, so should carefully consider which one best suits their needs. Please contact Center/Institute staff with questions. In order to fund the maximum number of meritorious proposals, files may be transferred between the CCS, CJS, CKS and IEAS as appropriate.

Announcement

The Center for Chinese Studies offers annual competitive fellowships for continuing graduate students in Chinese studies. There are six distinct awards: Republic of China East Asian Fellowships, Summer Research Grants, Liu Dissertation Research Fellowships, the Joseph R. Levenson Chinese Studies Awards, the Elvera Kwang Siam Lim Fellowship in Chinese Studies, and the Pamela and Kenneth Fong Graduate Student Fellowships. Please read each description carefully to ensure that you qualify. Students may apply for more than one CCS award. Graduate students applying for these awards should be registered at Berkeley or on approved travel status during the award period.

The Republic of China East Asian Fellowships

The Republic of China East Asian Fellowships are made possible by a generous gift from the Ministry of Education, Republic of China, Taiwan. Open to men and women regardless of race, creed or national origin, these fellowships are designed to support graduate research on East Asia, with a preference for Taiwan Studies. Students who plan to travel to Taiwan to conduct research in libraries, universities, and archives are also encouraged to apply. For academic year 2014-2015, a limited number of fellowships of up to $5,000 each will be awarded.

CCS Summer Research Grants

For academic year 2014-2015, up to three awards of up to $3,000 each will be made to UC Berkeley graduate students to conduct preliminary Ph.D. research in China, Hong Kong, and/or Taiwan for the summer of 2014. The fellowship recipient must be a registered UC Berkeley graduate student in good standing during the spring 2014 semester.

The Joseph R. Levenson Chinese Studies Award

For academic year 2014-2015, up to three awards of up to $2,000 will be made to UC Berkeley graduate students who have not yet passed the Ph.D. qualifying examinations and who can demonstrate superior ability, a strong commitment to Chinese studies, and the need for financial assistance. The Joseph R. Levenson Chinese Studies Award is made in memory of the late Joseph R. Levenson, Sather Professor of History from 1965 to 1969, through the contributions of his colleagues, students, friends, and family.

Liu Graduate Research Fellowships in Chinese Studies

For academic year 2014-2015, up to eight awards of up to $6,000 each will be made to graduate students in good standing who have advanced to candidacy at the time of the commencement of the fellowship, and are registered or on approved travel status during the duration of award. The fellowships must be used for dissertation research and may support such activities as archival and library research and field interviews as determined by the faculty governance committee. All students are eligible for support regardless of previous fellowships from other sources. The Liu Graduate Fellowships may be used in conjunction with other grants with approval of the faculty governance committee.

The Liu Graduate Research Fellowships in Chinese Studies are supported by an endowment from Richard S. Liu, Chairman of Superior Holdings Limited, Hong Kong. The Liu Graduate Research Fellowships in Chinese Studies support research in the greater China region, including Hong Kong and/or Taiwan, etc., for advanced graduate students with doctoral projects in the social sciences and humanities on broadly defined areas of Chinese culture, history, and society. The Liu Fellowships are awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in academic achievement and superior research plans. Within these parameters, the fellowships will be distributed as widely as possible across disciplines.

Elvera Kwang Siam Lim Fellowship in Chinese Studies

The Elvera Kwang Siam Lim Fellowships in Chinese Studies are made possible through a generous gift by the family of Elvera Kwang Siam Lim, to honor her dedication to academic excellence. Learn more about Ms. Lim here.

These awards provide support to continuing doctoral students who have completed at least one year of coursework, and who can demonstrate academic excellence in Chinese studies. The award will be paid over two years, with recipients receiving approximately $4,500 the first year, and $5,500 the second year. Preference will be given to candidates whose high school and/or undergraduate degrees were granted by schools or colleges in Shantou, Guangdong Province, China, or the surrounding region. The recipient of this fellowship is expected to be enrolled at Berkeley, or on approved filing status, during the academic years for which they receive awards. Recipients must also complete a short written report at the end of each academic year, outlining progress in their studies and accomplishments during the award period.

The Center expects to make one award for academic year 2014-2015.

Pamela and Kenneth Fong Graduate Student Fellowships

The Pamela and Kenneth Fong Graduate Student Fellowship supports graduate students whose research interests focus on health care, vision care and social welfare relevant to the Greater China region. The Fellowship was established in 2009 by a generous gift from Pamela and Kenneth Fong as part of the Pamela and Kenneth Fong Chair in Optometry and Health Care in the School of Optometry. Professor of Vision Science and Optometry Xiaohua Gong (http://optometry.berkeley.edu/faculty/xiaohua-gong-phd) was appointed to the Chair in January 2010. Proceeds of the endowment made available for graduate student support in health care, vision care and social welfare are administered by the Center for Chinese Studies. For the 2014-2015 academic year, up to two fellowships of $11,000 will be awarded.

Learn more about Pamela and Kenneth Fong here.


Required application documents:

  1. Application Cover Sheet (PDF file)
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae
  3. A detailed Research/Study Proposal for the period of requested support (max. 2 pages)
  4. A List of All Financial Assistance received during graduate study, including fellowships from ALL sources (extramural fellowships, research assistantships, teaching appointments, and grants)
  5. A complete List of All Support, including the amount of funds requested for the coming academic year, with notes on the status of the requests
  6. An Estimated Budget for your project
  7. Two Letters of Recommendation (mailed or emailed separately to CCS). Emailed recommendations go to ccs@berkeley.edu.
  8. A current Transcript (unofficial copies OK) from UCB together with a list of any courses currently in progress

Applications must be submitted as hard copy to the address below, except those who are applying from outside the U.S. who may apply by email, with all documents (except recommendations) in a single electronic file.

Mail to:

Elinor Levine, Program Director (ccs@berkeley.edu)
Center for Chinese Studies
Attn: {Award Name Here}
2223 Fulton Street, Room 505
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2328

All documents must be received (not postmarked) by Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Late applications will not be considered. Please mail early to ensure that your application is received on time.