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CWP Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Period Now Open



Princeton University and Harvard University jointly founded the fellowship program for the advanced study of China’s international relations, the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (CWP), in 2005. The program’s co-directors are Thomas J. Christensen of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Alastair Iain Johnston of Harvard’s Government Department. The China and the World Program supports research that integrates theoretical innovations in the field of international relations with the rigorous study of China’s interactions with countries, regions, institutions, and non-state actors. 

In 2013-2014, the program will award up to four one-year “postdoctoral research associate” positions. Preference will be given to scholars who have defended their dissertations in the past five years and are currently working on revising their Ph.D. thesis for publication as a book, or who are just beginning a second major project. Fellows are expected to participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution of residence. 


Applicants must have received a PhD before starting the fellowship.  Only applicants working on some aspect of China’s relations with the outside world that supports CWP’s mission need apply. 

Application Process:

To apply, you will be required to submit an online application at “Jobs at Princeton” Search for “Post Doctoral Research Associate-Princeton Harvard China and the World Program,” requisition number 1200693, and follow the instructions on creating an application.

You are required to submit

  • 1-2 page cover letter that briefly states your interest in the program, your background, and a summary of your research project
  • CV
  • project description
  • 2 scholarly writing samples
  • Contact information for two references .

The deadline for submission is December 21, 2012

Please note that you will only submit contact information and the email of your referees.  Your referee will then receive an automated email with instructions on how to submit a confidential recommendation on your behalf.  All recommendations must be received by the deadline.

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications in February 2013 and a public announcement will be made by March 2013.

For more information about the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, please visit its website at or email

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