CfA: 2024–25 Hou Family Fellowships in Taiwan Studies


The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the 2024-25 competition for the Hou Family Fellowships in Taiwan Studies.

The Hou Family Fellowships in Taiwan Studies sponsors one Postdoctoral Fellow and one Pre-doctoral Fellow to join the Fairbank Center to pursue Taiwan-focused research in humanities and social sciences for six to twelve months between August 1, 2024, and July 31, 2025. Residence at the Fairbank Center for the full academic year is encouraged.

Hou Family Fellows are expected to reside in the Greater Boston area for the duration of the fellowship. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with the Fairbank Center’s interdisciplinary community of scholars and will have access to Harvard’s world-class libraries and other resources.

In addition to maintaining their own research agenda, the Hou Family Fellows will contribute to the Fairbank Center community in ways that could include the following:

  • Presenting research to the Center’s Taiwan Studies Workshop series, or to other Fairbank Center events and audiences,
  • Participating in professional development workshops and serving as a mentor for current graduate students,
  • Attending seminars and academic events and participating in community building activities.

For more information see

The fellowships will be subject to all rules and regulations of Harvard University. 

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

Application deadline: March 1, 2024

Applications are invited from junior scholars in the humanities or social sciences whose research focuses on Taiwan. Candidates must must complete the online application for the specific position they are applying for (either Postdoctoral Fellow or Pre-doctoral Fellow).


A strong working knowledge of English and Chinese or Taiwanese is required.

For the Postdoctoral Fellowsip a doctorate degree in a relevant field of humanities or social sciences is required. The doctoral diploma or Registrar’s certificate of degree completion will be required by at least one month prior to the start of the fellowship (before July 1, 2024).  

Candidates may not be more than five years beyond receipt of their doctoral degree at the start of the fellowship. Priority will be given to applicants with no previous postdoctoral fellowships. Harvard University doctoral degree holders or candidates are not eligible for this fellowship.  

For position-specific eligibility and application requirements see