**** Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are currently CLOSED. Please check back in the Fall of 2021 for more information on the 2022-2023 application ****


Columbia University & Harvard University - China and the World Program (C&WP) & Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI)

Professors Thomas J. Christensen of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Alastair Iain Johnston of Harvard University’s Government Department jointly founded the China and the World fellowship program for the advanced study of China’s international relations in 2005. As part of Professor Christensen’s recent move to Columbia University, the Program was renamed the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program (C&WP) in 2018. 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.

For academic year 2021-2022, C&WP will collaborate with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University (WEAI) to award 2 postdoctoral research fellowships. Both fellows will be in residence at Columbia University (one funded by WEAI and one funded by CWP), and will teach one course in the spring semester. When not attending to program-related duties, fellows’ time should be devoted to their own research, and to participating actively in the life of C&WP and WEAI. Fellows also will be expected to make at least one public presentation during their appointment and participate in the annual C&WP workshop where an entire day is devoted entirely to the examination of the fellows’ research by former fellows of the program. Preference will be given to applicants who are currently working on revising their Ph.D. thesis for publication as a book, or who are just beginning a second major research project.

The appointment is for the 2021-2022 year, beginning September 1, 2021, ending August 31, 2022. The position comes with shared office space and access to the libraries and resources of Columbia University, access to all of which is COVID permitting.


  • Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements (dissertation completed and filed) between May 1, 2018 and August 31, 2021
  • Applications from individuals who hold or have held full-time teaching appointments will not be considered. 
  • Only applicants working on some aspect of China’s relations with the outside world that supports CWP’s and WEAI’s missions need apply. 


Application Process:

To apply, submit application materials to @columbia.edu. Please note that applicants are required to send all files in one email or to upload them to a cloud based application and send the URL via email for full consideration. Faxed or mailed applications will not be considered.

  • 1-2 page cover letter that briefly states your interest in the program, your background, and a summary of your research project
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae, including a list of classes taught (if any)
  • Project description
  • Two scholarly writing samples
  • One course proposal with syllabus for a seminar directed at M.A. students and advanced undergraduates
  • Course evaluations for classes taught (if any)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all graduate-level degrees
  • Two letters of reference. Please note: Applicants should submit only the name and contact information of their referees. Referees should submit their letter directly to @columbia.edu


Application Deadline    

All application materials, including letters of reference, must be received by December 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST. Candidates may be invited for an interview to be held by video or phone. All evaluations made in connection with applications received are confidential.

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications in February 2021; a public announcement will be made by April 2021.

For more information about the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program, or the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, please visit www.CWP.SIPA.Columbia.edu, and www.weai.columbia.edu respectively.

This search is subject to all rules and regulations of Columbia University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


  • As the COVID-19 Pandemic is an evolving concern around the world, these expectations guidelines are subject to change.
  • The Weatherhead fellowship for 2021-2022 is subject to final approval from the University and is tentative at this time. This tentative approval is only applicable to one of the two fellowship slots. Meaning that there will be at least 1 fellow for next year and hopefully 2. Thank you for your patience during this challenging time.