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List of materials to accompany individual applications

  1. Curriculum vitae (three-page maximum)
  2. Project statement
  3. If applicable, a statement of your project’s fit with our partner fellowship program (150–250 words)
  4. Two reference letters (no interfolio, the letters must come directly from the reference letter writer)

To ensure the integrity of your CV and personal statement, we can only accept files as PDFs.  Creating PDF files from other formats, such as Microsoft Word, is easy to do. If you need assistance, please read these instructions on converting documents to PDF.

Specific instructions

1. Curriculum vitae (three-page maximum)

Your CV should include your educational and professional experience and a short list of your most important publications (you may include forthcoming work and works in progress; if there are foreign language titles, please provide English translations). Please also list any significant professional service such as boards or key committees. Other relevant information includes significant honors, awards, and research grants (converted to US dollars).

 2. Project statement (not to exceed three double-spaced pages)

Your project statement should answer two questions:

Question #1:  What is your most impactful work to date?      
There are many ways in which our work can be impactful. For example, it can correct misconceptions or fill gaps in the literature, advance subsequent thinking, or lead to individual, organizational, or societal change.  Identify your most important scholarly product to date (e.g., book, book chapter, article, op-ed, essay, etc) and explain why it was impactful.

Question #2:  What is your plan or focus for the fellowship year?      
Concisely describe the work you plan to do during your fellowship year. Address what is original about the proposed work and what potential relevance it has to contemporary social issues. How will your project “make a difference”?

Please note that this is not a research proposal. A strong consideration in the selection process is an applicant’s perceived ability to participate in ongoing cross-disciplinary conversations about their own research and that of others. The Center experience often has a transformative effect on fellows’ work plans, and your focus may shift during the course of the fellowship year.

Instructions for completing other application questions

Statement summary

Please supply a phrase or sentence that best summarizes your proposed plan or focus for your fellowship year. Examples include the working title of a book, a phrase one might use as a running header in a journal article, or a single sentence containing several keywords that could be used to index your work.

Partner program statement

If you feel that your project aligns with the research missions of any of the partner fellowship programs (CUHK-CASBS), please check the relevant box to indicate that you would like to be considered for this source of funding for your CASBS fellowship year.

An applicant’s statement of interest does not bear on the CASBS fellowship selection committee’s ultimate decisions, nor does it guarantee that an applicant will receive this particular fellowship in the event that they are selected for a CASBS fellowship.

Two reference letters

Please ask two scholars who are experts in your area of interest to provide reference letters via the application website. You should fill in their names, titles, institutions, and e-mail addresses and take responsibility for reminding them of the deadline. (The deadline may be different than the application deadline.)  If you wish to send reference requests before final submission of your materials, simply save your application, and a “Send reference request” button will appear next to the reference. Please do not include your graduate advisor or any close collaborators. Please note that we may solicit an additional external review. Please do not use Interfolio, the letters must come directly from the reference letter writer.

Your current base salary

In this box, if you are an academic, provide your nine-month base salary for the current academic year. Do not include additional increments for summer service, administrative duties, etc.  If you are not an academic, list your last 12-month salary in US dollars.

Your anticipated sources of financial support for the fellowship year

In this box identify possible sources of stipend and research funds for your fellowship year. These typically include sabbatical support from one's home institution, awards, fellowships, and research grants from private foundations or government agencies. Review “Stipends” in the general guidelines for details.

Total amount of anticipated non-CASBS support

In this box please provide the estimated total support you expect to receive from your non-CASBS sources listed above.


Collaborative projects and spouse pairs

To the extent that we are able, we try to accommodate project groups and spouses or partners who are both seeking a fellowship year. Please note that your application and that of your collaborator and/or spouse will receive individual consideration.

Some scholars are able to accept a fellowship invitation even if their spouse or project collaborator is not invited as a fellow, but some are not. We therefore ask that you indicate this as well.