China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP)
Website: China-U.S. Scholars Program
The China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) is an exchange fellowship program for Chinese and American scholars and students in the arts, humanities and social sciences to teach, study or conduct research abroad in China, Hong Kong SAR or the US. in 2021-2022. The program will award 48 grants to selected faculty and students. The distribution of grants is anticipated to be roughly equal among Chinese students and scholars traveling to the US, and US students and scholars traveling to China. The program is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York*, Ford Foundation, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Henry Luce Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
The application for the China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) will open on March 1, 2021 and close on April 15, 2021. Programs can range from five to ten months and must take place between August 2021 and May 2022.
For students: The China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) enables Students from China or Hong Kong SAR to study or conduct research in the U.S., and Students from the U.S. to study or conduct research in China or Hong Kong SAR.
The following types of Students in the arts, humanities and social sciences are eligible for CUSP:
- Undergraduates in their final year
- University graduates who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees (within one year at the time of application)
- Students currently in a master’s program
- Recent graduates from a master’s program (within one year at the time of application)
- Students currently in a doctoral program
- Recent graduates from a doctoral program wishing to conduct postdoctoral research.
- Proficiency in relevant language needed to study, teach or research. This may vary by host institution.
- US Citizen
- Permanent Resident
- International or Other Visa Status
The application for the China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) will open on March 1, 2021 and close on April 15, 2021. Programs can range from five to ten months and must take place between August 2021 and May 2022. Selected Students and Scholars will be notified in late May 2021.
All applicants must complete the online application form which includes:
- Biographical Information
- Professional and Educational Background
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume (max. 10 pages)
- Project Title, Abstract and Project Statement (3-5 pages)
- Course Syllabus (for Scholars who apply for teaching activity only)
- Two Essays. Visit Essay Guidelines for more details.
- Essay 1: Please explain why this project needs to be undertaken in [China/the United States, depending on the applicant]; what experience have prepared you to undertake the project in [China/the United States]; and your prior experience in [China/the United States] (if any). Limit: 1,000 characters.
- Essay 2: Please explain your ability to be adaptable and culturally sensitive. Limit: 1,000 characters.
- Letter of Affiliation. Letter of affiliation from a China, Hong Kong SAR or U.S. host institution. Letters of Affiliation are required for Scholars and Postdoctoral Researchers. Student applications with a Letter of Affiliation will be more competitive during the selection process.
- Letters of Recommendation. For students, three letters of reference are required. Letters should come from individuals who know you well like a professor, colleague, mentor or employer/supervisor. Please do not submit letters from family members. View Letters of Recommendation Guidelines for more information.
China U.S.-Scholars Program (CUSP)
1400 K St. NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20005