PRC Visiting Fellows Program

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PRC Visiting Fellows Program

The Visiting Fellows Program for the People's Republic of China, as part of the Stimson Center's overall Visiting Fellows Program, is geared toward individuals at a mid-career stage who show promise of being able to contribute creatively to the public debate on national security in their respective countries and in the region as a whole.

Past Visiting Fellows have been:
         Government officials
         Researchers and academics
         Military officers

    These talented individuals come to Washington DC to study topics in regional security, with a particular focus on cross-Strait issues and security concerns in the broader East Asia context.

    The Stimson Center hosts three sessions of Visiting Fellows per year. Within each session, Visiting Fellows spend three months in an intensive work/study program that includes meetings with government officials and Washington-based policy analysts working on regional security and related issues.

    In the past, Stimson Fellows have visited:

    • The Department of State
    • The Department of Defense
    • Congressional Committees
    • Non-governmental organizations
    • Research institutions

    Our fellowship program not only gives visitors an opportunity to better understand US perspectives on these questions, but also a better appreciation of civil-military relations in the United States and the workings of our democratic system.

    Visiting Fellows are encouraged to meet with as many people as possible during their stays in Washington, DC Fellows are also kept abreast of pertinent seminars and lectures taking place in the Washington metropolitan area. Our Fellows are given access to literature that might be hard to find in their home countries. Fellows have access to the libraries both at SAIS and Georgetown University, as well as the Library of Congress, and are provided with an Internet connection, allowing them access to a broad range of information. We encourage our Fellows to publish their work and actively continue the public debate on regional security in their own country and region. We also hold a briefing at the end of Fellow's stays in which they present their research to other Stimson Associates and outside specialists from government agencies and other think tanks.
    Selection Process

    Participants are selected by the Program Director of the East Asia Program in consultation with other senior staff of the Stimson Center.

    To initiate an application, prospective Visiting Fellows must submit (either by mail or email) :

    • A research proposalof 3-5 pages
    • A resume or curriculum vitae (including a list of publications)
    • 2-3 letters of recommendation
    • Writing sample
    • Proof of financial support

    Eligibility and selection criteria are as follows:

    • At least two years of professional experience in a field related to security issues in East Asia
    • English language proficiency, determined by a writing sample
    • Visiting Fellows must show promise of being able to contribute creatively to the public debate on national security in their respective countries and in the region as a whole. Thus, individuals who do not plan to return to the PRC to work are not eligible.
    • Preference is given to individuals at an early or mid-career stage (PhD or equivalent in work experience)
    • Preference is given to individuals who have not had the opportunity to do research in the United States, or those individuals who have not done so recently


    Visiting Fellows are provided with:

    Office space

    • A computer at their workstation
    • Access to the Internet
    • An electronic mail account
    • Use of general office facilities (phone, fax machine, copy machine, etc.)

    Program Evaluation

    At the end of their stay at the Stimson Center, the Visiting Fellows fill out an extensive questionnaire about our Visiting Fellows program. In the past, we have received extremely positive responses from our Fellows. They have found the meetings we arrange with members of the Administration and others very useful. They have also found the Stimson Center resources, such as our computer facilities, helpful. In particular, they mention that giving an informal presentation of their research at the end of their fellowship is not only a valuable exercise in honing public speaking skills, but is also useful in gaining feedback on their research. We have been fortunate to be able to draw on a cadre of up and coming specialists in various fields relating to regional security, and we believe they have found the Stimson Center a highly valuable venue for training.

    Visiting Fellows have come from:

    • The Academy of Military Science
    • The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
    • China Institutes for Contemporary International Relations
    • Peking University
    • Fudan University
    • The Shanghai Institute for International Studies
    • Key technical institutes in the PRC

    Recent Visiting Fellows:

    Zhang Zhixin, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

    • Zhang Zhixin was a Stimson Center Visiting Fellow in 2006. He is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of the American Studies at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR). He research focused on US domestic politics and Sino-US relations.

    Zhang Yanyu, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations

    • Zhang Yanyu joined the Stimson Center as Visiting Fellow from November 2004-May 2005. While at Stimson, she conducted research on cross-Strait relations, with particular focus on the role of US Congress in US policy toward Taiwan.

    Zhang Guihong, Associate Professor, Institute of International Studies, Zhejiang University

    • Zhang Guihong joined the Stimson Center as a Visiting Fellow from October 2002-January 2003. At the Stimson Center, Professor Zhang conducted research on US security policy toward South Asia, particularly after September 11th, and its implications for the PRC.

    While at the Stimson Center, Visiting Fellows produce quality work and interact with not only security specialists in Washington, DC, but also other Stimson Center Visiting Fellows from Japan, India, and Pakistan.

    The role of the Stimson Center is that of a facilitator, promoting direct contact and collaborative work across borders, spurring indigenous problem-solving approaches to longstanding problems, and helping talented individuals to become more effective advocates for change. The Visiting Fellows program is a vital part of this mix.

    How to Apply

    The East Asia Program is currently accepting applications for a Taiwan Visiting Fellow. If you are interested in a fellowship with the Stimson Center, please send a letter of inquiry and introduction to Alla Polyakova at [email protected] or by US mail at: The Henry L. Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Floor Washington, DC 20036.