Doctoral Fellowships


Doctoral candidates who are non-ROC citizens and who are enrolled in an accredited university in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, or South America may apply for financial support for writing dissertations in the field of Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Citizens of the ROC should apply for Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad.

Grants are available only to doctoral candidates who are neither employed nor receiving grants from other sources. Applicants should have completed all other requirements for their Ph.D. degree, and must be in the last stage of their doctoral program. The maximum amount of each award is $15,000, which is given for a period extending to one year. Successful candidates are expected to complete their dissertations by the end of the grant period. Funding for successful applications will be provided in two installments (July and January). The completed thesis should be submitted to the Foundation when the project is finished.

Applications for Doctoral Fellowships will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. The significance of the contribution that the proposed project will make to the advancement of research in the field of Chinese Studies.
  2. The quality or potential quality of the applicant's work, including its originality in the field of Chinese Studies.
  3. The quality of the approach, organization, and methodology of the proposed project.
  4. The likelihood that the applicant can successfully complete the entire project during the grant period.


  1. Applicants must not accept full-time employment during the grant period, and should inform the Foundation if they are applying for or subsequently receive other sources of funding. The Foundation reserves the right to adjust the terms of the grant (including termination of the grant) should an applicant receive other sources of funding.
  2. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited university in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, or South America.
  3. Applicants must have qualified for Ph.D. candidacy and be in the last stage of writing the dissertation.
  4. Applicants must ask their dissertation adviser to include a paragraph in her/his letter of recommendation stating the likelihood that the applicant can successfully complete the dissertation during the grant period.


  1. Beginning on August 1, 2010, the Foundation has begun to accept electronic applications for this type of grant. Applications must be submitted to our online application database. E-mail and paper applications will not be accepted. Applications may be submitted every year from August 1 to October 15. To begin the application process, please click here.
  2. Each application should include the following steps, which includes the on-line submission of the applicantˇ¦s personal information, basic project data, and project abstract. In addition, you may only submit one PDF file. Please combine all relevant documents into a file no larger than 5 MB.

A. Items to be submitted with the electronic application

(1) A description of the proposed project of no more than 7 pages in length (single-spaced in 12 point type using Times New Roman font)

(2) Departmental letter demonstrating proof of candidacy;

(3) Official Ph.D. program transcript(s);

(4) Curriculum vitae.

B. Items to be mailed directly to the Foundation

(1)Two letters of recommendation, including one by the dissertation advisor (submitted in sealed envelopes signed by the recommending professor).

  1. Contact Information:
    The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
    8361 B Greensboro Dr.
    McLean, VA 22102

  2. Applicants for doctoral and postdoctoral grants who reside in Canada may also contact:
    Canadian Asian Studies Association/CASA
    Centre d'Etudes de l'Asie de l'est

    Universite de Montreal
    C.P. 6128, Succursale A
    Montreal (Quebec)
    H3C 3J7 Canada
    Tel: 514-343-6569
    Fax: 514-343-7716


The deadline for dissertation fellowship applications is October 15. Final results will be announced in late May.