The application deadline for this fellowship has been extended to March 31, 2014


Brookings-Tsinghua U.S.-China Policy Exchange Fellowships

Foreign Policy Program

The Brookings-Tsinghua Center at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University and the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution invite applications for the award of one or two full-time resident fellowships for policy-oriented research for the 2014-2015 academic year. The fellowship program is unique in that U.S.-China Policy Fellows spend significant amounts of time in both Washington, D.C. and Beijing. The fellowships are designed for young scholars en route to a PhD, recent PhD graduates, or professionals early in their career with an advanced degree in a relevant field. Serious candidates must possess an outstanding academic record and present a strong research proposal. Candidates’ research agenda and career goals should be directly related to one of the following broad areas:

- Public policy issues of concern to both the United States and China, particularly issues where one or both countries would benefit from cooperation or scholarly exchange;
- Foreign policy issues in which both the United States and China play significant roles or have the potential to do so;
- Significant issues in U.S.-China relations.

Awards will go to individuals from the United States or China whose proposed research topic falls within the scope of the five Brookings research programs: Foreign Policy, Metropolitan Studies, Governance Studies, Economic Studies, or Global Economy and Development. Applicants are encouraged to review the descriptions of these programs in more detail on the Brookings Institution’s web site. Fluency in English is required. Priority will be given to applicants who are also fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $36,000, payable in installments over a nine-month period of full-time residency at Brookings offices in the United States and China. For American applicants this includes three months spent at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and six months at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center in Beijing. For Chinese applicants, the program consists of three months spent at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center and six months spent at the Brookings Institution. The Institution will also cover the cost of one economy class ticket between Washington, D.C. and Beijing, plus related ground transportation costs. Fellowships are supported through generous funding from the Ford Foundation.

Under the Tax Reform Act of 1986, most if not all of this stipend will probably be treated as taxable income in the United States. Income may also be subject to taxation in the People’s Republic of China. U.S.-China Policy Exchange Fellows are eligible to participate in the Brookings Institution's health insurance plan during the period of their appointment. Immediate family members may also be included under an extended plan. Applicants from China will be required to purchase health insurance while in the United States. Fellows will be expected to pursue their research and writing beginning in September 2014 through an end date in May 2015.

U.S.-China Policy Exchange Fellows are invited to participate in conferences and seminars hosted by Brookings during their stay in Washington, D.C. Fellows will have access to the research resources available to resident staff members. Comparable opportunities exist at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University. Fellows are expected to produce a substantial policy report by the end of the program and are also encouraged to present their work-in-progress to Brookings and Tsinghua scholars and staff. Exceptional research projects may be considered for publication by Brookings.

Application Procedure

Candidates should submit a CV, a cover letter, and a one- or two-page research proposal Please include the words “Exchange Fellowship” in the subject line of your e-mail. Applications should be submitted no later than March 31, 2014. Candidates may be contacted for telephone interviews. All applicants will be notified of decisions on their applications in early April, 2014.