The Public Intellectuals Program (PIP), launched by the National Committee in 2005, is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of China specialists. The program offers fellows unique opportunities for professional and personal development, mentoring by senior scholars, networking, media exposure. The program’s ultimate objective is to increase Americans understanding of China by strengthening links among U.S. academics, policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public.

PIP is a part-time commitment, intended to complement participants' primary academic or professional positions. Through activities spread out over two years of the fellowship, the twenty young American scholars in each cohort have the opportunity expand their knowledge of China beyond their own disciplines and interests by introducing them to each other as well as to specialists outside their fields. With over one hundred fellows since the program began, PIP has become a leading community in the American discourse on China.

The seventh cohort of PIP is being funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, as were the fourth, fifth, and sixth; the first three cohorts were funded by The Henry Luce Foundation and The Starr Foundation.

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