Sydney China Visitors Program

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

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.

Sydney China Distinguished Fellows

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 purpose of this gift is to establish and support the Sydney China Distinguished Fellowship Program within the Discipline of Chinese Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. In collaboration with the China Studies Centre, the Program will appoint one or more Distinguished Fellows each year.

Distinguished Fellows must be employed at or affiliated with a university or research organisation other than the University of Sydney. They should have an outstanding record of research and a willingness to work with staff at the University of Sydney. Preference will be given to academics engaged in research on Chinese Culture, Chinese Literature, or translation studies.

Distinguished Fellows will be expected to stay in Sydney for four to twelve weeks each year,

Distinguished Fellows will be expected to present:

  • a public lecture
  • a research presentation
  • and a master class with graduate students.

In addition, all publication resulting from the Fellowship are requested to acknowledge the University and Centre’s support.

The Distinguished Fellowship will provide

  • return economy class airfare
  • an accommodation subsidy of up to AUD$200 a day
  • stipend of AUD$1000 a week
  • office space
  • library and related systems access.

The Distinguished Fellowship is subject to successful nominees obtaining a valid visa to enter Australia. The China Studies Centre will assist the visa application process but all costs associated with the application are the responsibility of the nominated Distinguished Fellow.

Application for appointment as a Sydney China Distinguished Fellow will be invited twice a year. Please watch this space for updated submission date. 

Sydney China Distinguished Fellows 2024

Hongyin Tao
17 March - 19 April 2024 

Hongyin Tao is a professor of Chinese language and linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles; he also holds an honorary Distinguished Chair Professor position at the National Taiwan Normal University and was a Fulbright Canada Research Chair with the University of Alberta in 2022. His research and teaching focus on the social, cultural, and interactional aspects of Chinese language use in context. His recent publications include Chinese under Globalization (World Scientific, 2011), Global Chinese Variation - USA (Commercial Press 2022), and Learner Corpora Construction and Explorations in Chinese and Related Languages (Springer 2023). He serves on editorial boards of over 30 academic publications and was a former president of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, USA.

Public Lecture : "Dangers" and "Opportunities" Surrounding the Language of Contemporary Chinese: Perspectives from Social, Cultural, and Applied Linguistics

Time: 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Date: 9 April 2024
Location: LT024 Law School Annex Building, the University of Sydney

Christopher Connery
16 July - 14 September 2024

Christopher Connery is Professor in the Literature department at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he teaches Cultural Studies, Chinese Studies, and courses in Marxist and neoliberal theory.  He has also served recently as Visiting Professor in the graduate department of Cultural Studies at Shanghai University. His research has involved four areas:  early imperial Chinese culture and history ( Empire of the Text: Writing and Authority in Early Imperial China ; contributions to the Columbia History of Chinese Literature) ; oceanic ideology and mythos in global capitalism (articles in  boundary 2Journal of Historical GeographyPMLAHarvard Design Magazine, et al); the global 1960s (various anthologized articles, plus special issues of boundary 2 and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies); and contemporary Chinese culture, ideology, and politics (articles in Made in Chinaboundary 2New Left Review, et al) .  Since 2010 he has been involved as writer, performer, and political consultant in the Shanghai-based, Chinese-language social and experimental theater group Grass Stage, which has performed throughout China, as well as in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Macao, and North America.  

Sydney China Distinguished Fellows 2023

Andrew F. Jones
21 July - 15 August 2023

Andrew F. Jones teaches modern Chinese literature and media culture at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of a trio of books on modern Chinese music: Like a Knife: Ideology and Genre in Contemporary Chinese Popular Music (Cornell East Asia Series, 1992), Yellow Music: Media Culture and Colonial Modernity in the Chinese Jazz Age (Duke University Press, 2001), and Circuit Listening: Chinese Popular Music in the Global 1960s (University of Minnesota Press, 2020). He is the author of Developmental Fairy Tales: Evolutionary Thinking and Modern Chinese Culture (Harvard University Press, 2011). He has translated fiction by Yu Hua as well as Eileen Chang's Written on Water.


Hsiu-Chuang Deppman
23 July - 21 August 2023

Hsiu-Chuang Deppman is professor of Chinese and cinema studies at Oberlin College. Her research interests include the history of cinema, film adaptation, documentary, media studies, comparative literature, and modern Chinese fiction. Author of Adapted for the Screen: The Cultural Politics of Modern Chinese Fiction and Film (University of Hawai’i Press, 2010) and Close-ups and Long Shots in Modern Chinese Cinemas (University of Hawai’i Press, 2021), she has also published on various aspects of Chinese film, literature, and media in academic journals.

Applications are open for 2025

Close Date & Time: 30 June 2024

Submit your application here

All questions concerning the program should be addressed to the China Studies Centre at

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.