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International Exchange

Visiting Scholars Program

This program offers faculty members in the humanities and social sciences the opportunity to undertake 10 months of study and research at Harvard University. Approximately 20 applicants are chosen each year as researchers at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, with access to the Harvard University libraries and facilities. Scholars are provided with a stipend to cover living expenses while at the Institute. The selection criteria include English proficiency, academic training (including PhD degree in most cases), quality and originality of the research proposal, demonstrated depth of subject knowledge, the feasibility of conducting the research at Harvard University and/or other major universities in the United States. In cases where qualifications are roughly equal, priority is given to those candidates who have not recently spent substantial time at an American university. Selected scholars work with faculty at Harvard and/or other appropriate universities, and are required to make at least one public presentation in English on their proposed research project during their stay at the Institute.

Application Timeline

The deadline for applications is generally set in September every year.
Exact dates and detailed guidelines will be announced in June.

Coverage of Scholarship

Round trip economy class airfare, stipend for 10-month residence, Health Insurance up to $4,500, Funding (up to $1,000) for hiring a research assistant or an editor, and funding (up to $1,000) for participation in two academic conferences in North America.