Public Intellectuals Program, 2021-2023


Application deadline: Sunday April 18, 2021, Midnight (EDT)

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The National Committee on United States-China Relations is pleased to announce the seventh round of its Public Intellectuals Program (PIP). This two-year program, generously funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, is designed to identify outstanding members of the next generation of American China scholars, enrich their understanding of policymaking processes in both the United States and China, help them establish useful relationships both with their academic colleagues and with policy practitioners, and nurture their ability to engage with the public at a national, regional, and local level. PIP VII will be implemented through a series of activities, held from June 2021 through March 2023, including seminars in Washington, D.C. and the West Coast, a study tour of China, the opportunity to participate in National Committee delegations as scholar escorts, and public education initiatives.

We are looking for China specialists – in the academic, professional, or policymaking spheres – who have the interest and potential to play significant roles as public intellectuals. Twenty young American China scholars who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, wish to venture outside of academia or their profession into areas relevant to foreign policy and public education, will be selected for the program.

PIP is an enrichment opportunity intended to complement fellows’ primary academic or professional positions; stipends are not provided, but all program-related expenses are covered. The program offers unique opportunities for professional development, mentoring by senior scholars, networking, and exposure. Fellows will meet with senior policymakers, experts, and media in both the United States and China, and will be exposed to individuals and institutions outside of their own fields, such as the business, arts, health, and civil society sectors in China. Fellows will also have access to media coaches to help edit and place op-eds and develop a social media presence. Successful applicants will become part of an accomplished community of PIP fellows with a strong network of mutual support and academic collaboration.

Eligibility: Ph.D. academics in all disciplines; a limited number of slots are available for established professionals. Must have demonstrated expertise on China, several years of experience teaching or in a professional field, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Preference given to candidates between 30 to 45 years of age, and to those living in the United States or Greater China.

Commitments:* During the program period, fellows will be expected to commit to the following:
• Two four- or five-day Washington, D.C.-based workshops (October 2021 and January 2023);
• One three-day West Coast workshop (March 2022);
• One twelve to fourteen-day fellows’ trip to China (January 2022 or July 2022);
• Development of at least one public outreach program with up to $1,250 funding from PIP.

*We are currently re-conceptualizing our usual PIP travel commitments, both domestic and international. This will be an ongoing process given the uncertain future of the pandemic and the changing nature of the study of China.

Selection: Applicants must complete an online application, which includes an essay of no more than 800 words focused on how you would benefit from the PIP program and how the program would benefit from your participation, short supplementary questions, a current CV, and the names of and contact information for two references (one professional and one personal). Applications are reviewed by a selection committee made up of program’s advisory committee and National Committee staff. Semi-finalists will be contacted by May 30 to arrange interviews. Notification will be sent by June 21.

Application deadline: Sunday April 18, 2021, Midnight (Eastern Daylight Time).

Application is available here.


About the Public Intellectuals Program


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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