American Studies Fellows


The US-China Education Trust (USCET) is pleased to announce the American Studies Fellows program, and to invite applications for Fall 2014 or Spring 2015. This round of solicitation seeks fellows who aim to support the development and diversification of the study of American religion in China. Successful applicants will be matched with a faculty mentor at an American university and placed as a visiting scholar at that university for one semester. Fellows will be able to sit in on classes and pursue research needed to complete papers and/or to develop new courses at his or her home university. Fellows are also expected to participate actively in the university community, giving talks or participating in panels and other events.

American Studies Fellows will receive an $8,000 stipend to support living expenses during their time in the US. Fellows will be able to attend classes without paying tuition fees, gain library access and use shared office space. Host universities will work with Fellows to secure a J-1 Visiting Scholar Visa. The list of American host universities is still growing, but universities like Stanford, Yale, Brown, Princeton, George Mason, the University of Texas, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Minnesota have already expressed interest in hosting scholars. Please note that applicants should not request a specific university.

Selection Criteria
Members of American Studies Network (ASN) institutions are eligible to apply. Fellows will be selected based on the quality of their applications and preference will be given to the relevance of the proposed research topic to strengthening the study of religion in American Studies in China. 

Applicants must:

  • Be a Young Faculty Member: For the purposes of this program, a young faculty member includes those aged 40 or younger at the time of application.
  • Hold a Ph.D. or be a Ph.D. Candidate: Applicants should have completed or be in the process of completing a doctoral degree at a Chinese university with an emphasis on the study of US religion.
  • Speak and Write Fluently in English: Ideally, applicants will have test scores from an exam such as the TOEFL or IELTS. USCET staff will also evaluate English skills through telephone interviews with top candidates.

How to Apply
Interested faculty members should prepare an application packet with the following information:

  • Essay/Research proposal: Applicants must write an essay of 400-600 words in English explaining why they are pursuing this opportunity and how they will use the knowledge gained upon return to China. The essay should describe a proposed research topic(s) and outline plans, such as for developing a new course(s) at the applicant's home university. 
  • Cost sharing: The applicant must indicate how expenses will be met while in the US. Living expenses will vary depending on location of host university, ranging from $1,200 to $2,000/month. Fellows will also be responsible for all travel costs, including roundtrip plane transportation to the US.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): Applicants should submit a complete CV in English, including a list of all relevant courses previously or currently taught and research undertaken. 
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score: Applicants should send a record of their TOEFL or IELTS score, or another indicator of their English language proficiency. 
  • Letters of Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation should be included.
  • Contact information: Applicants should provide name in pinyin and Chinese and complete contact information, including home, office, and mobile phone numbers, as well as email and mailing addresses, to facilitate follow-up communications. Applicants should include complete contact information, including home, office, and mobile phone numbers, as well as email and mailing addresses, to facilitate follow-up communications.