NBR Chinese Language Fellowship Program (CLFP) in USA 2023

The National Bureau of Asian Research invites applications for the NBR Chinese Language Fellowship Program (CLFP) in the USA for the 2023/24 academic session.

For over three decades, the NBR has helped decision-makers better understand Asia and craft concrete, actionable policy. Using a network-of-experts model, NBR brings world-class scholarship to bear on the evolving strategic environment in Asia through original, policy-relevant research.

It is a leader in providing timely, incisive Asia-focused briefings on Capitol Hill. NBR has cultivated relations with members of Congress and their staff on both sides of the aisle in key offices, committees, and caucuses.


Worth of Award

The PhD track of the CLFP is worth up to $50,000 while the Prospective PhD track of the CLFP is worth up to $40,000.


To be eligible for a fellowship, an applicant will:

  • Demonstrate, through transcripts from classes taken and/or the results of language assessment tests, an intermediate Chinese language ability. The fellowship is NOT intended to help beginner students of Chinese.
  • Be able to devote themselves to full-time intensive Chinese-language study for one academic year. The fellowship is NOT intended to support substantive doctoral research.
  • Desire to advance U.S. public policy toward China through improved expertise and understanding. Or to contribute to scholarly research and teaching on China in order to develop future generations of China specialists.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

How to Apply

To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must submit:


  • A two-page summary resume, inclusive of academic and professional honours received (full academic CVs will not be reviewed).
  • A two-page cover letter that addresses how their proposed Chinese language program will contribute to their language training, doctoral studies, and future plans.
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic supervisor or professor (sent directly to Dylan Plung at [email protected])
  • A letter of recommendation from a recent Chinese language teacher (sent directly to Dylan Plung at [email protected]).
  • Electronic transcripts from all educational institutions you are currently attending and/or from which they have received a degree. (please upload as PDFs in the application portal).
  • A complete application form, answering questions about academic experiences, Chinese language skills, and Chinese language classes taken.

Deadline: Applications for the NBR Chinese Language Fellowship are due by 11:59 PM (PT) on February 21, 2023.