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The annual China Studies Program Fellowship competition, conducted during Winter quarter, is by nomination only. All applicants are nominated by members of the China Studies Program Faculty. Recipients are typically contacted in late March/early April. Not all fellowships are awarded every year.
Culp-Jackson Fellowship Dedicated by The Jackson Foundation in Chinese Studies
The Culp-Jackson Fellowship is open to any graduate applicants who are US citizens, will employ Chinese language materials in his/her research, and whose main advisor will be a member of the China Studies Faculty. Preference is given to the most promising incoming PhD students. The fellowship includes tuition, student medical insurance, and a stipend of $15,000 for the nine-month academic year. It is renewable once, on evidence of satisfactory academic performance, and contingent upon availability of funding. In addition, recipients should not accept work as a teaching or research assistant. The fellowships are funded by a grant provided by The Henry M. Jackson Foundation.
China Recruitment Fellowship
The China Recruitment Fellowship is open to any graduate applicant who will employ Chinese language materials in his/her research and whose main advisorwill be a member of the China Studies Faculty; preference will be given to the most promising incoming PhD students. It is open to both US citizens and non-US citizens. The fellowship includes tuition, student medical insurance, and a stipend of $15,000 for the nine-month academic year. It is renewable once for a second year, on evidence of satisfactory academic performance, and contingent upon availability of funding. The fellowship is funded by the China Program endowment.
The China Program Fellowship is open to any graduate student who will employ Chinese language materials in his/her research and whose main advisor will be a member of the China Studies Faculty. Preference will be given to continuing students at the PhD level engaged in fieldwork or advanced coursework, though students writing their dissertations will also be considered. MA students, US citizens, and non-US citizens are eligible to be nominated. The fellowship may cover tuition, stipend, fieldwork expenses, and/or student medical insurance. If the nominee has been writing a dissertation, she/he must submit an outline and chapters of the dissertation, finished or in progress. The fellowship is funded by various endowments.
The Hsiao Fellowship is open to any advanced PhD student pursuing research on pre-twentieth-century China; preference will be given to students at the dissertation writing stage, not including fieldwork; and whose main advisor will be a member of the China Studies Faculty. This fellowship may be used to cover tuition, stipend and medical insurance. If the nominee has been writing a dissertation, she/he must submit an outline and chapters of the dissertation, finished or in progress. The fellowship is funded by the Hsiao Endowment.
The China Studies Program will offer a limited number of small grants with the maximum amount of $2,000 on a competitive basis to support graduate students who are currently registered in a UW graduate degree program, doing research on China related to their dissertation work during the academic year (including the summer). Grant funds are intended mainly to cover research travel in China, but they may also be used to cover related research assistance, acquisition of research materials, supplies, and other research costs. The student's main advisor will be a member of the China Studies Faculty. Normally the project should be completed within 12 months. Funds are not to be used as a stipend or for living costs in Seattle, or for a computer, tuition for language study, conference travel, or registration fees. Applications may not include overhead costs.
The nomination package should include a supporting letter from the nominating faculty, a proposal by the student explaining the research project (single spacing, 12 point font, two pages max) with a one-page budget, and a current transcript (unofficial is acceptable). There is no restriction as to the discipline or citizenship. Equal consideration will be given to students who are seeking funding for their doctoral research (those who have successfully defended their proposal) and to those planning pilot projects leading to doctoral research. Preference will be given to those students who have not received prior funding from the small grants program.
Funds are paid in US dollars to the individual conducting the research. Grant payments can only be made while the student is registered at UW. For research requiring Human Subjects Review, students may apply while their approval is still pending but formal approval must be in hand before the funds will be disbursed.
Students are required to file a summary report in the range of 1,500-2,000 words describing their research findings within one month of the conclusion of the research. Applicants are also encouraged to apply to the AAS small grants program. If awardees receive funding from another source (such as NSF, CSCC or Wenner-Gren), they are obligated to report this to the China Program so that the award can be reallocated to other applicants in need of funding. In cases where the applicant has received an additional small grant (totaling $5,000 or less), this reallocation should not be necessary.
Students who hold fellowships that need to be renewed are required to submit the following materials by the last Friday in February:
China Studies Program Office
308 Thomson Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
Questions may be addressed to the Asian Studies Program Coordinator at 206-543-4391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Recipients | Past Recipients
Current Gordon-Jackson Fellows
Matthew Van Duyn is a first-year graduate student in the University of Washington's Department of History. He is pursuing a PhD with fields in Modern China and late-imperial China. Matthew's research interests include the history of Xinjiang and that history's relationship with current trends in Chinese nationalism. Matthew was raised in Washington, D.C., and received a double BA in History and East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. As an undergraduate, he spent a semester studying at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and a summer at an intensive language program in Beijing. In the summer of 2008, he returned to Beijing through a research grant to conduct research for his undergraduate thesis on the Chinese memory of the 1860 destruction of the "Old Summer Palace," Yuan Ming Yuan, by Britain and France. After graduating from Wesleyan, Matthew traveled to Urumqi, Xinjiang, to teach English at a private school. His experiences in Urumqi helped Matthew develop his interest in the history of Xinjiang.
Lily Schatz is a first-year PhD student in the history department. After graduating from Oberlin College with a major in East Asian Studies in 2006, she spent two years teaching English in a small agricultural city in Shanxi province. She then attended the University of Washington’s China Studies program of which she is a 2011 graduate. Lily is primarily interested in late-Qing and Republican era social and intellectual history.
Current K.C. Hsiao Fellows
Hsiang-lin Shih is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington. She is now completing her dissertation, which is on the emergence of new cultural centers and poetry during the last three decades of the Han Dynasty. She will go beyond the boundaries of individual author and genre, illustrating the time and space that the writers shared, and reading their poems—which were written in various forms such as shi, fu and yuefu—in the context of their dialogues with one another. She will also take a comparative approach—especially consulting Joachim Bumke’s study of medieval German courts and Plato’s representation of an Athenian symposium—to identify the features of the new cultural centers and poetry.
China Recruitment Fellows
Xiao Ma is a Ph.D. student in the political science department. Although previously educated as a Japan specialist, Xiao eventually found out that Chinese politics—and more broadly authoritarian politics—is a field to which he wants to dedicate his time and passions before he entered UW. He is currently interested in various topics regarding Chinese politics, including state-led birth control, land disputes, and politics of extra-budgetary revenues. He obtained his B.A. from Zhejiang University (2011), and M.A. from Yale University (2012).
China Program Fellows
Yue Gong is a Ph.D. candidate in the interdisciplinary program of urban design and planning. He is currently writing his dissertation on manufacturing towns in China. His study focuses on the three themes: governance, rural migrant workers and manufacturing towns. Examining the interactions between the three themes, he intends to reveal the institutional-spatial mechanism and process shaping rural migrant workers through Foucault’s lens. Through this study, he would like to perceive more opportunities of empowering the marginalized.
Josiah Byers is a second-year China Studies M.A. student in the Jackson School of International Studies. His interests include the Cultural Revolution, specifically Red Guard period, and modern day domestic protest and appeals to power. Josiah received a B.A. in International Studies (East Asia) and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2010. He is originally from the Southeast, and intends to pursue a career in either academia or the Foreign Service, after spending the next year in China doing language study.
Matthew Van Duyn
K.C. Hsiao Fellows
China Program Grant
Ge Jian (Gladys)
Gordon C. Culp Fellows