SCPKU Faculty Fellowship Program

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The Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) offers fellowships to Stanford faculty engaged in research in China, or who want to explore new opportunities or collaborations. SCPKU Faculty Fellowships provide support for up to three months in residency at SCPKU in Beijing. If space and funding permits, SCPKU will consider requests to extend fellowships for up to one academic year.

This program is open to all fields, disciplines, and schools. Those with existing research are encouraged to apply, but no familiarity with China is required. A key goal of the program is to globalize the experiences and networks of Stanford faculty and students by increasing opportunities that will lead to new, long-term research programs and collaborations in China, regardless of field of specialization.Awardees are expected to spend the bulk of their fellowship period in Beijing and maximize their time at SCPKU.

Faculty Fellows can use their awards to support a variety of activities including research and writing, archival research, field work, and collaboration with Chinese partners on existing research projects in many different disciplines. Recipients will be required to give a public talk regarding their work while at SCPKU and are encouraged to interact with faculty and students at Peking University and the broader research community -- both in and around Beijing as well as other major research institutions in China. Where appropriate, interdisciplinary research teams can be supported. Fellowship awards will be determined by a campus-wide faculty advisory committee.


Fellowship proposals for up to three months will be considered. Based on space and funding availability, SCPKU may provide extensions up to one academic year. All fellowships will include office space at SCPKU and on-site administrative support. For those applicants without other funding, the fellowship will provide support for the following expenses:

  • Lowest cost, upgradable economy-class airline ticket to Beijing
  • Basic Beijing living expenses and incidentals pro-rated to length of stay (up to $200/day)
  • Public talk at SCPKU to share appropriate research activities

Supplementary funding may be proposed for:

  • Lowest economy-class airfare to Beijing for one Stanford postdoctoral or advanced graduate student collaborator to support the research project.
  • Beijing-related travel expenses, lodging, and SCPKU space use fees for essential Chinese collaborator(s) while working at SCPKU
  • Chinese research assistance to help with translation and/or archival work
  • Expenses associated with holding meetings, workshops, and conferences at SCPKU during the fellowship period

Note: SCPKU faculty fellowships do not provide support for travel outside of SCPKU/Beijing and materials/supplies.



All Stanford Academic Council members, Medical Center Line Faculty, and Active Emeriti are eligible to apply. A faculty advisory committee representing a cross-section of Stanford’s academic community will review the applications and decide the awards. In the selection process, the advisory committee will strive for diversity of disciplines as well as the potential for proposed activities to leverage local resources and create new research opportunities and directions for the faculty member. Proposals should be as specific as possible regarding research objectives and possible collaborators.Awardees are expected to spend the bulk of their fellowship period in Beijing and maximize their time at SCPKU.


Application Process

Applications should be completed and submitted online here. Applicants will be notified when their applications have been received and award decisions will follow after review by the advisory committee. Application materials will not be returned.

As part of the application process, faculty will indicate their desired length of stay at SCPKU as well as a prioritized set of calendar windows they are applying for. To best accommodate preferred calendar windows and optimize SCPKU space utilization, SCPKU encourages applicants to submit proposals to the earliest possible application review period. Applicants must also identify an administrative assistant in his/her department who will help to facilitate travel, housing and other logistics with guidance from the SCPKU staff as needed. Award packages will include comprehensive information about how to manage these logistics.

Application Schedule

Application Deadline

January 15, 2015

July 15, 2015


SCPKU Faculty Fellows

Bios of many of our past and current SCPKU faculty fellows can be found here.


SCPKU is Stanford’s headquarters for faculty and students engaged in research, teaching, training and outreach activities in China. The Center is located on the PKU campus in the Haidian District of Beijing, which is known for its rich intellectual community, including top universities, research academies and government agencies. The 3400-square-meter center is designed as a resource for the entire Stanford community, providing collaborative spaces and offices as well as support services to facilitate the work of scholars and programs. SCPKU is a focal point for building academic and educational networks throughout East Asia, bringing together established researchers and a new generation of young scholars to create a vibrant and dynamic hub of intellectual exchange and collaboration.


For More Information

Contact Connie Chao for more information about SCPKU's Faculty Fellowship Program and other programs and events at the center.