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OYCF-Chow Fellowship for Field Research in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and/or Taiwan (apply by 5/19)

Fellowship application details. Since 2018, Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) has provided several fellowships to support field research in China, funded by the generous donations by Gregory C. and Paula K. Chow to OYCF. The fellowship provides $3,500 to graduate students in humanities and social sciences in a U.S. or Canadian university to conduct fieldwork in China for their thesis projects. Priority will be given to research projects focusing on contemporary economic, social, cultural, or political issues in China, but historical or comparative studies with substantial amount of fieldwork to be conducted in China are also eligible for consideration.

Fellowship recipients will be announced on the OYCF website as OYCF-Chow Fellows. Eligibility:

  • 1. Active enrollment in a graduate program (master’s level and above) in humanities, social sciences, and policy studies in an accredited university in the United States or Canada. As a general rule, the applicant should have finished nearly all coursework and is at the stage of writing a thesis proposal or carrying out research.

  • 2. The applicant’s proposal requires substantial field research (i.e., ethnography, interviews, surveys, field experiments, or archival research) in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and/or Taiwan.

  • 3. Applicants must consent to OYCF fellowship terms that require the awardees a) to submit a detailed report of field research activities; and b) to contribute one or more short essays as blog or WeChat posts on a topic related to the thesis or field research.

About OYCF Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) was established in 1999 to provide a forum for the overseas Chinese scholars, graduate students and professionals to exchange views on issues concerning China and China’s relations with the world, and to develop common aspirations among its members. It is an inclusive, non-partisan and non-profit organization that advocates voluntarism and cultivates the members’ continuing interest in sustainable developments in China and in China’s relationship with the world. Run completely by volunteers, OYCF sponsored short-term teaching projects, organizes annual meetings for its members, funds student organizations in the U.S. and other educational activities in China, supports social innovation, and undertakes select research and publication projects that are beneficial to China’s development. For more information, please refer to the OYCF website:


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