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50 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
Mandatory
Grant Period

10 Months

Candidates should design projects that begin in early September 2020 or early March 2021, so that their arrivals in China will correspond with the beginning of the academic term at the Chinese host institution. Alternative project timelines are acceptable only for PhD candidates or those grantees applying for Critical Language Enhancement Awards. All candidates receiving Critical Language Enhancement Awards to study Mandarin in China will carry out their language studies in an approved program in the summer or fall of 2020, and their Fulbright research terms will begin immediately after the conclusion of their intensive language programs.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in the summer of 2020 as a condition of their grants.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Mandarin proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project.

All candidates are encouraged to apply for the Critical Language Enhancement Award in order to advance their Mandarin language skills prior to undertaking their study/research projects. Applicants with the minimum required level of language background should apply for the Critical Language Enhancement Award to improve the feasibility of their proposals. Read more details about the Critical Language Enhancement Award program and make sure to follow the guidelines below.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

The Critical Language Enhancement Award provides an opportunity for Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantees to receive intensive language study in addition to their research grants. The award provides a stipend and tuition reimbursement for grantees to pursue language training in the host countries. Application for a Critical Language Enhancement Award is made in conjunction with the Fulbright U.S. Student application. For additional information and requirements on the award please see Critical Language Enhancement Award details.

Acceptable Languages: Mandarin

Prior Language Study: A minimum of one year of prior Mandarin study is required.

Dates and Timing: Fulbright study/research grantees will begin their CLEA language study in Summer 2020 for an intensive 3-month session in Beijing, prior to starting their Fulbright study/research 10-month assignment.  Approved language programs will be provided in the coming months. Please check back for updates.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

All applicants must identify the Chinese faculty member who will serve as the primary adviser to the project. The faculty member needs to have a regular appointment at the host institution. Individuals who hold full-time positions at U.S. universities and who have part-time or visiting appointments or those who have retired from the Chinese host institution are not appropriate choices as Fulbright project advisers.

For detailed guidance about arranging an affiliation at a Chinese host institution, please refer to the China Applicant Affiliation Guide.

Graduating seniors and Bachelor’s-level candidates must propose to affiliate with Chinese universities and to have Chinese faculty members as advisers. Grantees will affiliate with Chinese universities and will audit classes at their host institutions. In keeping with programmatic efforts to increase regional diversity and promote the Fulbright program across China, applicants should affiliate with universities outside of Beijing or Shanghai. Any applicant wishing to affiliate with a university in Beijing or Shanghai must present serious justification in the Statement of Grant Purpose as to why the project must be carried out there. Other factors being equal, priority will be given to applicants with projects outside of the major city centers. Applicants should identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. For a list of recommended affiliations, please review the Fulbright China Affiliation Guide for Graduating Seniors and Bachelor’s-level Candidates.

Graduate students must affiliate with Chinese institutions of higher education (universities, academies of social science, or academies of science) and have Chinese faculty members as advisers. In keeping with programmatic efforts to increase regional diversity and promote the Fulbright program across China, priority may be given to applicants with projects outside of Beijing and Shanghai. Applicants should identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. For a list of recommended affiliations, please review the Fulbright China Affiliation Guide for Graduate Students.

Ineligibility

  • Candidates currently residing in China, Hong Kong or Macau (or those who will be living there during the 2019-2020 academic year) will not be considered.
  • Proposals for intern work at NGOs or other organizations will not be accepted.
  • Proposals for enrollment in Chinese graduate degree programs will not be accepted.

Field of Study Restrictions

Business is not recommended. Hard science and technology projects are not recommended except in: environmental science, public health and sustainable development.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Wang Xiaomei