CSC-EWC Visiting Scholars Program


China Scholarship Council–East-West Center Visiting Scholars Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i

The East-West Center (EWC) welcomes scholars and analysts from China who wish to participate in the “China Scholarship Council – East-West Center Joint Program” to consider applying for placement as “CSC-EWC Visiting Scholars” at the EWC in Honolulu, Hawai'i. These placements are designed for scholars who wish to undertake research and writing on topics of relevance to contemporary US-Asia policy that will compliment the Research Program’s three broad thematic areas: governance, security and justice; environment, population and health; and innovation, economic integration and growth as well as higher education policy.

The program supports up to 12 month residencies at the East-West Center in Honolulu.  While in residence, the Scholars will complete an English article or monograph to be considered for publication in an East-West Center publication series.  The first full draft of the manuscript should be completed before the end of the residence period.  Scholars are also asked to give a public seminar while in residence at the East West Center..

The CSC-EWC Visiting Scholars Program requires two separate applications.  First, an application is submitted to the East-West Center (details below).  Successful applicants are then invited to apply for funding from the China Scholarship Council to subsidize their travel, living expenses, visa application fees, and health insurance.  Scholars are responsible for securing their own housing and medical insurance coverage during their term of residency. Limited housing MAY be available on campus, especially for shorter term visitors.

Applications are due no later than November 15 for residency the following year and will be accepted based on the strength of the application and the availability of office space.


Applicants will normally have earned a Ph.D.  Applicants must be nationals of the People’s Republic of China and eligible to receive funding from the China Scholarship Council.  Successful applications will include a completed online application form, a full CV, two letters of reference, and a policy-relevant research proposal of 8-10 pages (double spaced).  The proposal should discuss the policy problem or issue to be examined, tentative hypothesis and arguments, a review and short bibliography of the relevant literature, and project time frame.

Those who are selected as CSC-EWC will need to be on East-West Center J-1 visa sponsorship during residency.  Acceptance of the fellowship will subject scholars to Section 212(e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act or the ‘two-year home country residency requirement” before the scholar may apply for a change of status I the U.S., permanent residency, or an H, L, or K visa.

Please note the J-1 Visa Requirements have been recently updated and include: (1) evidence of J-status appropriate health/repatriation insurance enrollment for the period, (2) evidence of English-language proficiency, and (3) a separated SEVIS I-901 fee.

The application form is HERE.

For more information on J-1 visa requirements, see General Information for All J-1 visitors.

For additional questions, please email:  [email protected]