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 (CWP), in 2005. The program’s co-directors are Thomas J. Christensen of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute 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 one-year postdoctoral research fellowships. Fellows will be expected to be in residence at Columbia University. Fellows should have defended their dissertations in the past five 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. Fellows are expected to participate actively in the intellectual life of Columbia University during their tenure.


Applicants must have received a PhD before starting the appointment.  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 to CWP . 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
  • Unofficial transcripts from all graduate-level degrees
  • 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 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 2018 and a public announcement will be made by March/April 2018.

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.