13 October 2011

Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (CWP) Now Accepting Applications

Having served as a Fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (CWP, 中国国与世界研究项目) from 2010-11, I cannot endorse it more strongly. It offers entrée into just the community of specialists that I had always dreamed of joining when I decided to become a China scholar—serious but interesting intellectuals who contribute to the theoretical, empirical, and policy dimensions of China studies. This is political science at its best.

I was reminded of the value of this rigorous, stimulating, and supportive program last week when I attended the annual Fellows Conference at Harvard’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (where I was in residence as a Fellow last year, and where I am now an Associate in Research). I was able to present my latest findings and receive a wide range of incisive comments and suggestions from the program directors (Profs. Thomas Christensen and Alastair Iain Johnston) and program alumni—both during the daytime sessions and at meals and related social gatherings. Other participants included promising graduate students and distinguished faculty members such as Prof. Ezra Vogel. I was able to attend Prof. Vogel’s lecture on his definitive biography of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Now I can’t wait to finish reading the book, and to attending next year’s conference.

CWP is currently accepting applications for 2011-12. I’m appending the relevant information and links below, and strongly encourage all those interested to apply.

Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program--2011 Fellows Workshop--Group Photo

Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program--2011 Fellows Workshop--Group Photo

About CWP

Founded in 2005, the Princeton-Harvard China and the World program (CWP) is committed to integrating the advanced study of China’s foreign relations into the field of international relations, by bringing exceptional young scholars whose work bridges China studies and international relations together with recognized scholars in these fields.

Fellowship Applications

The fellowship application period for the 2011-2012 fellowships is now open until Jan. 14, 2011.

Princeton University and Harvard University jointly founded the fellowship program for the advanced study of China’s international relations, the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (CWP), in 2005. The program’s co-directors are Thomas J. Christensen of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Alastair Iain Johnston of Harvard’s Government Department. The China and the World Program supports research that integrates theoretical innovations in the field of international relations with the rigorous study of China’s interactions with countries, regions, institutions, and non-state actors.

In 2012-2013, the program will award several one-year “postdoctoral research associate” positions. Preference will be given to scholars who have defended their dissertations in the past few years and are currently working on revising their Ph.D. thesis for publication as a book or who are just beginning a second major project. Depending on their areas of interest, fellows will reside at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School or Harvard University’s Center for Government and International Studies and are expected to participate actively in the intellectual life of these institutions.


Applicants must have received a PhD before starting the fellowship. Only applicants working on some aspect of China’s relations with the outside world that supports CWP’s mission need apply.

Application Process:

To apply, you will be required to submit an online application at “Jobs at Princeton” https://jobs.princeton.edu/. Search for “Post Doctoral Research Associate-Princeton Harvard China and the World Program,” requisition number 0110601, and follow the instructions on creating an application.

You are required to submit

  • 1-2 page cover letter that briefly states your interest in the program, your background, and a summary of your research project
  • CV
  • project description
  • 2 scholarly writing samples
  • Contact information for two references

Please note that you will only submit contact information and the email of your referees. Your referee will then receive an automated email with instructions on how to submit a confidential recommendation on your behalf. All recommendations must be received by the deadline. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications in March 2012.

For more information about the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, please visit its website at www.princeton.edu/cwp or email cwp@princeton.edu.

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