26 March 2011

National Committee on U.S.-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program (PIP), 2011-2013–Now Soliciting Applications; 23 April 2011 Deadline

Having participated in the second round of this exceptional program, I could not recommend it more highly! Here is complete application information:


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Public Intellectuals Program, 2011-2013

Call for Applications

Application Deadline:  April 23, 2011

The National Committee on United States-China Relations is pleased to announce the third round of its Public Intellectuals Program (PIP). The first two rounds (2005-07 and 2008-10) were generously funded by The Henry Luce Foundation and The Starr Foundation, both of which continue as the funders for PIP III. This ambitious, multi-year program is designed to identify outstanding members of the next generation of American China scholars and specialists, enrich their understanding of policymaking processes in both the United States and China, help them establish useful relationships with their academic colleagues and with policy practitioners, and nurture their ability to engage in public policy debates on a national, regional and local level. PIP is implemented through a series of workshops in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, study tours of China, participation in National Committee delegations as scholar escorts and support for public education initiatives.

We are looking for China specialists in the academic, professional or policymaking spheres with the interest and potential to play significant roles as public intellectuals. We will select twenty young American China scholars who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, wish to venture outside of academia into areas relevant to foreign policy and public education.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Academics with Ph.D.s (or highest degree in their field) in all disciplines; a limited number of slots for professionals and policymakers will be available
  • Demonstrated expertise about China
  • Several years of experience teaching or in a professional field
  • Fluency in Chinese
  • Priority given to applicants forty-five years old or younger
  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent residence (Priority will be given to those currently residing in the United States or Greater China.)

Benefits: The program is an enrichment opportunity intended to complement Fellows’ primary academic or professional positions; stipends are not provided. The program offers unique opportunities for professional development, mentoring by senior scholars, networking and exposure. Fellows will gain access to senior policymakers and experts in both the United States and China, and to individuals and fields they would not typically be exposed to, including, for instance, the business, arts, and civil society sectors in China, as well as to the media in both countries.

Timeframe: September 2011 – March 2013.

Commitments: The following will be expected of each Fellow:

  • Attend one four-day and one five-day workshop in Washington, D.C., on U.S.-China relations, including briefings and media training (workshops will fall over weekends)
  • Attend one three-day workshop in San Francisco (also over a weekend)
  • Participate in one ten-day Fellows trip to China in the summer or winter of 2012 or 2013
  • Develop at least one public education program focused on China or U.S.-China relations
  • Possibly serve as a scholar-escort for a National Committee delegation (one to two weeks long, in China or the United States)

Information on the first two rounds of the PIP program, including lists of past participants, may be found here:  http://www.ncuscr.org/pip

Application Process

All applications must be submitted using the online form accessible via the link below; mailed or faxed application forms will not be accepted.  Applications must be submitted by April 23, 2011.

APPLY HERE: https://www.etouches.com/pip-2011

The application form will require you to enter your personal and profession information, as well as to upload a CV and an essay of no more than 800 words stating how you would benefit from the program.  You will also need to provide the names of three references, one of which should be from outside of academia or your profession.

Semi finalists may be contacted in early May to arrange telephone interviews at a mutually convenient time in the second half of May.

Final decisions will be made no later than June 10, 2011

Application materials may be found here:  www.etouches.com/pip-2011

For questions, please write to pipapplication@ncuscr.org.

Application deadline:  April 23, 2011.