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Princeton University & Harvard University

The Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (CWP)

Princeton University and Harvard University jointly founded the fellowship program for the advanced study of China’s international relations, the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program (CWP), in 2005. The program’s co-directors are Thomas J. Christensen of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Alastair Iain Johnston of Harvard’s Government Department. The China and the World Program supports research that integrates theoretical innovations in the field of international relations with the rigorous study of China’s interactions with countries, regions, institutions, and non-state actors. 

In 2017-2018, the program will award several one-year postdoctoral research associate positions. Scholars should have defended their dissertations in the past five years. Preference will be given to scholars who are currently working on revising their Ph.D. thesis for publication as a book, or who are just beginning a second major project. Postdoctoral researchers are expected to participate actively in the intellectual life of the institution of residence. 


Applicants must have received a PhD before starting the position.  Only applicants working on some aspect of China’s relations with the outside world that supports CWP’s mission need apply. 

Application Process:

To apply, you will be required to submit an online application at, requisition number 1600679  and follow the instructions for creating an application.

You are required to submit:

  • 1-2 page cover letter that briefly states your interest in the program, your background, and a summary of your research project
  • CV
  • project description
  • 2 scholarly writing samples
  • Unofficial transcripts from all graduate-level degrees
  • Contact information for two references.

The deadline for submission is December 9, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please note that you will only submit contact information and the email of your referees.  Your referee will then receive an automated email with instructions on how to submit a confidential recommendation on your behalf.  All references must be received for full consideration.  We recommend that you complete your application well before the deadline so that references can be submitted in a timely manner.

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications in February 2017 and a public announcement will be made by March 2017.

For more information about the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, please visit its website at or email

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.