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Sydney China Visitors program

Unique opportunities to conduct research on China with Sydney’s academic community

Due to COVID-19, all 2020 Sydney China Fellows have had to defer their visits to 2021. As a result, the decision has been made to withdraw the 2021 call for applications. We look forward to opening a new call for applications in 2021 for 2022 visiting fellows, and continuing to facilitate China-related research and collaboration at the University of Sydney.

The Sydney China Visitors program offers two types of fellowships:

  • the Sydney China Distinguished Fellowship hosts senior scholars specialising in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, culture or translation studies.
  • the Sydney China Fellowship hosts scholars at any stage of their career specialising in any field, historical or contemporary, related broadly to China or the Chinese world (including, for example, Hong Kong, Taiwan, overseas Chinese, 'minorities', as well as comparative or global perspectives).

Fellowship recipients, from any University or research organisation in the world, can carry out their research in Sydney for 4–12 weeks, generally between February and November, collaborating with academic members at the Department of Chinese Studies, the China Studies Centre and across the University of Sydney.

Visiting Sydney

The University of Sydney has a long history of engagement with Chinese language, culture and society. It provides an outstanding environment for researchers interested in Chinese Studies.

The Department of Chinese Studies operates within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. Its research areas include modern standard Chinese language education, Chinese linguistics, translation studies, Chinese literature, religion, philosophy, history, and media and communication. 

The China Studies Centre is the University’s strategic initiative to stimulate the study of China across the institution. Comprising almost 350 academic members, the centre coordinates the multidisciplinary work on China, conducted across all faculties and schools at the University. We are keen to turn research done on China into relevant cross-disciplinary contributions to the resolution of today’s global issues.

Fellowships on offer

This fellowship is enabled by the acuity of vision and generosity of Mr James Lee, a University of Sydney alumnus now based in Hong Kong. The fellowship is designed for scholars who have made substantial contributions to the study of China, in particular to research in literature, culture and translation, and who intend to spend time researching or writing their next manuscript. One or more fellows will be accepted every year depending on the duration of the fellowship. Recipients will be expected to stay in Sydney for 4–12 weeks, between February and November.

During your time at the University of Sydney you will be expected to provide:

  • one public lecture
  • one presentation on your current research
  • one master class (4 hours) with graduate students
  • 1000-word summary of your research for University media outlets.

The distinguished fellowship will cover:

  • return airfare
  • accommodation subsidy of up to AUD$250 per day
  • stipend of approximately AUD$1000 per week to cover living costs
  • office space 
  • access to the University of Sydney libraries.

Successful candidates will have:

  • an outstanding track record of research as demonstrated by quality publications and research grants
  • qualifications as a senior scholar specialising in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, culture or translation studies.
  • a willingness to conduct collaborative research with staff of the Department of Chinese Studies and the University of Sydney broadly.

Other provisions:

  • The candidate needs to be employed at, or affiliated with, a university or research organisation other than the University of Sydney.
  • The fellowship is subject to the candidate obtaining a valid visa. If accepted for the fellowship, the Department of Chinese Studies will assist you to apply for an appropriate visa. Fellows are responsible for all costs associated with the visa application.
  • The University of Sydney is committed to equity and diversity and actively encourages applications from women.

This fellowship is designed for scholars who are at any stage of their career specialising in any field, historical or contemporary, related broadly to China or the Chinese world (including, for example, Hong Kong, Taiwan, overseas Chinese, 'minorities', as well as comparative or global perspectives) and intend to spend time researching or writing up their next project at the University’s China Studies Centre. Fellows will be expected to stay in Sydney for 4–12 weeks, between February and November.

During your time at the University of Sydney, you will need to provide:

  • one public lecture
  • one presentation on your current research
  • one master class with students
  • 1000-word summary of your research for University media outlets.

The fellowship will cover:

  • return economy airfare to a maximum of AUD$2500, depending on the country of residence
  • stipend of AUD$800 per week to cover living costs
  • shared office space
  • access to the University of Sydney libraries.

Successful candidates will have:

  • a recognised international profile in research and teaching or emerging reputation in areas of research and teaching and in new, innovative approaches to recurrent problems.
  • an interest in pursuing a multidisciplinary approach to Chinese studies
  • a high-quality track record of research as demonstrated by quality publications and research grants appropriate to the field of studies
  • a willingness to conduct collaborative research with members of the China Studies Centre and the University of Sydney broadly.

Other provisions:

  • The candidate needs to be employed at, or affiliated with, a university or research organisation other than the University of Sydney.
  • The fellowship is subject to the candidate obtaining a valid visa. If accepted for the fellowship, the China Studies Centre will assist you to apply for an appropriate visa. Fellows are responsible for all costs associated with the visa application.
  • Fellows need to make their own arrangements for accommodation while in Sydney, with the assistance of the centre.
  • The University of Sydney is committed to equality and actively encourages applications from women.
Please note, the University may cancel or change arrangements for the Sydney China Visitors Program, including in respect of the content, location, teaching personnel, duration, and policies at any time. We will endeavour to notify all successful applicants of any cancellation or changes as soon as practicable.

Enquiries

All questions concerning the program should be addressed to the China Studies Centre at chinastudies.centre@sydney.edu.au

Image source: Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour, Sydney. Photo by Leon Jong. 

Professor Timothy Cheek

2019 Sydney China Distinguished Fellow
"The China Studies community at the University of Sydney provided a wonderful intellectual home from interesting talks, engaging colleagues, and bright and inquisitive students. As a visiting fellow I was able to share my work and discover intellectual connections and new directions that have carried on ever since."

Dr Dan Chen

2018 visiting fellow
“My work has benefited tremendously from the numerous conversations I had with my colleagues at the China Studies Centre, who come from diverse disciplines, including not only the social sciences but also the humanities. These conversations broadened my perspective on how politics relates to the various dimensions of the social life in China.“