Columbia University and Harvard University jointly founded the fellowship program for the advanced study of China’s international relations, the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program (C&WP), in 2005. The program’s co-directors are Thomas J. Christensen of Columbia’s School of International and Public 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.

For academic year 2019-2020, the program will award four one-year postdoctoral research fellowships based at Columbia University. Fellows will each teach one course in the spring semester.  The remainder of fellows’ time should be devoted to their own research, and to participating actively in the life of C&WP and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI). Fellows 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. Fellows should have defended their dissertations in the past three years. 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.


Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements (dissertation completed and filed) between May [2016 ] and July 2019. Applications from individuals who hold or have held fulltime teaching appointments will not be considered.  Only applicants working on some aspect of China’s relations with the outside world that supports C&WP’s and WEAI’s missions need apply. 

Application Process

To apply, you will be required to submit an online application using the email TBD. 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.

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
  • 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
  • Contact information for two references.


The deadline for submission is December 21, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please note that you will only submit contact information and the email of your referees.  Your referee will then receive an email with instructions on how to submit a confidential recommendation on your behalf.  All references must be received by the deadline. Complete your application well before the deadline so that references can be submitted in a timely manner.

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications in February 2019 and a public announcement will be made by March/April 2019.

For more information about the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program or the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, please visit and, respectively

The fellowships will be 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.