China-India Visiting Scholars Fellowship

Ashoka University has announced the second year of the China-India Visiting Scholars (CIVS) Fellowship!

CIVS is an opportunity for academics, policy experts, and professionals who are interested in expanding their current research to include lessons from China.

  • The theme for their second year is ‘Economics and Development,’ including but not limited to areas spanning public finance, education, environment and climate, public health, urbanization, and labor economics.
  • The fellowship will provide up to 10 fellows each year the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of China’s development experience across various fields.
  • The research is supported through a fellowship grant of a maximum amount of INR 350,000.

As a part of CIVS, fellows will collaborate with international experts with deep knowledge of China and visit them. These experts may be based in China, Taiwan, or the ASEAN region.

The visit will enable Fellows to build their network in East Asia and ASEAN, and access high-quality resources on China through existing hubs of knowledge. Fellows may continue to work at their current position while pursuing the fellowship.

In light of the ongoing COVID crisis, the CIVS application period is being extended. Applications will now remain open until June 20, 2021.


The fellowship is open to scholars and working professionals

  • who have completed their Ph.D. or have a Master’s with at least 5 years of work experience.

  • whose area of specialization is Economics and Development (related to the above-mentioned fields).

  • who are Indian nationals or hold an OCI/ PIO card.

Please note

  • Applicants do not require China experience, be experts in China studies, or have working knowledge of Mandarin.

  • This fellowship is not open to undergraduate or Master’s students.

Application Timeline

  • The application closes at 11:55 pm (IST) on May 25, 2021.
  • There are two important elements in your application: a research proposal and details of the scholar you want to collaborate with. We would urge you to find a collaborator prior to submitting your application.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a two-part interview with two scholars or policy experts between June 15 and June 30, 2021.
  • Fellows will be announced in the first week of July 2021.
  • The fellowship runs for 9 months, from July 31, 2021 to April 30, 2022.

If you are unable to find one until the deadline of May 25, you can indicate that you require help. Ashoka University will share your proposal with scholars who could be potential collaborators, however, this process does not guarantee a match. Selection into the program is contingent on a collaborator being on board. 

Fellowship Committee & Mentors

We do not expect our fellows to have a working knowledge of China. Therefore, we feel it is important for our fellows to be connected with an expert who is well versed with the topic that the fellow is exploring and can guide them periodically on their progress. The mentor will be assigned to the fellow once they have been accepted into the program.

The fellow will have monthly check-ins with their mentor. While the level of engagement may differ for each fellow and their mentor, we do not expect our fellow to rely heavily on their mentor and to be able to carry out their research independently.

The mentors will be chosen from the Fellowship Committee. Our Fellowship Committee includes:

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