This position is offered in the context of a research project on the creation of Mozi or Yang Zhu from “heretics” into “philosophers.” We are looking for a young MA student in Sinology, Chinese studies, or Chinese philosophy willing to study an epoch in this creation. One’s research focus should be on one of the two figures in one (or more) epochs of the candidate’s choice. For more details, see this attached document.
For several years Fudan University has run a successful English-language MA program in Chinese philosophy. Updated information is now available on our Graduate Programs page, under “MA Programs.” The priority application deadline (for scholarships) is Feb. 20, 2017. You can also find past discussions of this program here.
Jim Behuniak, Yong Huang, Alexus McLeod, and I have assembled what we hope to be a comprehensive, alphabetically-ordered list of Anglophone PhD programs in Chinese philosophy. The list will reside here at Warp, Weft, and Way, and we will update it as often as necessary to keep it current. (There is also a link to the list on the top right of the home page.) We have a few requests:
- If you are associated with one of the programs listed, and notice any errors or omissions, please let me know!
- If you are associated with one of the programs listed, and would like us to add anything in the “further information” area, including links that might be particularly helpful to someone considering graduate study in Chinese philosophy in your program, please let me know.
- If you feel your program should be on our list, by all means contact one of us. We are aiming to be inclusive, and apologize if we have missed any programs.
Now that we have the basic structure of the page done, we can also consider adding additional types of information. Anyone with any good ideas, please say so in the comments.
I pass on this message from Paul D’Ambrosio of East China Normal University, concerning ECNU’s English-language MA and PhD programs; job openings at ECNU, and their new Intercultural Center.
Firstly, I would like to remind everyone about our English-language MA and PhD programs at ECNU. One of the unique features of our program is that students in our classes are split, about 50-50, Chinese and foreign. This makes for an exceptional teaching environment.
Fourth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities
A joint organizing committee of Stanford University and UC Berkeley faculty announces the Fourth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities, to be held on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2017, at UC Berkeley. This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to present and discuss innovative research on China.
John Makeham, now Chair and Director, China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University, passes on this information:
The China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University is seeking Expressions of Interest from potential applicants for one of several three-year PhD scholarships for research in the field of Chinese intellectual history. Dissertation topics focussing on modern Confucian and Buddhist thought are particularly encouraged. International applicants will be eligible for a fee waiver as well as a stipend.
Expressions of Interest, which should include a full CV and a thesis proposal of no more than 3 pages, should be sent to: CSRC@latrobe.edu.au
Attached here is a PDF with an open call for six doctoral student positions in a research project on narrative modes of classical, medieval and modern historiography in India, China, and Tibet. The project, which is funded by the European Research Council, is running at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. The positions are in classical Indology, modern Indian studies, medieval Indo-Persian studies, medieval Tibetan Studies, classical-medieval Sinology, and modern Chinese studies. The three-year positions are tuition-free and come with a small stipend. The application deadline is March 31.
I again offer some information from Prof. Tongdong BAI on Fudan University’s English-language Chinese philosophy programs. There has been discussion of these programs on the blog in the past; search for “Fudan.”
Thanks to your support, since it was launched in 2011, the MA and Visiting programs in Chinese philosophy (with courses taught in English) at Fudan have been extremely successful. 55 students have been enrolled in either the M.A. program (47 students) and the visiting student program (8 students). They are from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.K., Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Yugoslavia, Romania, Israel, India, and Indonesia, and many of them are top students in their classes, majoring in philosophy, classics, and/or East Asian or Chinese studies. The above facts make these programs simply the most successful of their kind (English-based post-graduate programs in Chinese philosophy) in mainland China.
The APA has released the latest version of its guide to graduate programs in philosophy. It is searchable by field, and currently only three programs (all MA only) are listed under Asian Philosophy, and none under Comparative Philosophy. I know that the situation is dire, but it isn’t quite *that* dire! This is based on self-reported data, so if your school’s program includes Asian or Comparative Philosophy, you might use the feedback form on the site to ask that this information be included.
A blog reader who is currently studying in China has written me to pass on the following, about the scholarship that she is currently enjoying (we have posted some info about this scholarship in the past, but this is an update):
I’m currently studying in China thanks to the scholarship of the Confucius China Studies Program of Hanban. The scholarship may cover all the expenses for a three-years PhD in China as well for joint PhD program with non-Chinese universities. It’s a very generous scholarship, covering university fees, living expenses and participation to seminars. I think, it’s a great opportunity for graduated students aiming to attend humanistic faculties in China. I would like to pass on the following presentation.
Call For Proposals: The Princeton Early Text Cultures Workshop
What: Graduate Workshop
When: April 16th 2016
Where: 202 Jones Hall, Princeton University
Organized by Mercedes Valmisa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Frank Perkins, acting chair of philosophy at his new academic home of Nanyang Technological University (while Chenyang Li is on leave this year), asked me to post this information about NTU’s graduate program:
The Philosophy Programme at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) is now accepting applications for its M.A. and Ph.D. programs. We have a young and vibrant program with strengths in Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, and Moral Philosophy. NTU is one of the world’s elite universities and was ranked 13th among universities worldwide in the most recent QS World University Rankings.
Paul D’Ambrosio of East China Normal University in Shanghai — one of the strong philosophy programs in China, which it has been my good fortune to visit a few times — writes with this news:
We are starting an English language Chinese Philosophy MA program here at ECNU. We can work with the students to get scholarships from the Chinese government that would include full tuition, housing (a single room with a bathroom, balcony, and a shared kitchen), and a 2,000rmb living expense each month. Our program will be two years, and the students are expected to take four classes each semester.
The Confucius China Studies Program provides funding for research in China for current Ph.D. Program. If anyone has any experience with this, please let us know.
Prof. Kwong-loi Shun, who taught at U.C. Berkeley from 1986-2003, has returned there after most recently serving as the Head of New Asia College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He will be teaching one course per term, starting this spring. If anyone knows what his plans may be about accepting graduate students, please let us know.
Tongdong Bai writes:
Thanks to your support, since it was launched in 2010, the MA and Visiting programs in Chinese philosophy (with courses taught in English) at Fudan have been extremely successful. It has been three years since these programs were launched in 2011, and 34 students have been enrolled in either the M.A. program (28 students) and the
visiting student program (6 students).
[Moved up on 10/09 with corrected dates]
From Chenyang Li:
The MA and PhD programs in Philosophy at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore invites applications from students wishing to study philosophy in a comparative perspective, especially in the areas of Chinese philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of science. The university (which is 41st in QS 2013 World University Ranking) offers generous financial packages to qualified students. PhD students upon Confirmation receive a $30,000 annual stipend, a $5000 conference travel fund, plus full tuition waver. Applicants should submit an application including a writing sample and two letters of recommendation by November 15, 2013 to ensure consideration for August 2014 intake. For more information, please go to http://philosophy.hss.ntu.edu.sg/Pages/OurProgramme.aspx or contact Chenyang Li at email@example.com
With graduate school applications due in the next few months, I’d like to put a plug in for our MA and PhD programs here at Indiana University. In particular we are looking for students interested in early Confucian thought (roughly the 6th century BCE through the 3rd century CE). Continue reading “Graduate Programs at Indiana University”
This opportunity may be of interest to some readers– given the many experts in Chinese philosophy located in Hong Kong!
Hong Kong Universities are looking for PhD students with evidence of academic excellence, research ability and potential, and good communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities for full-time PhD study in Hong Kong within the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.
SOAS MSc in Comparative Political Thought
In September 2013, the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London will start a new MSc in Comparative Political Thought, the first programme in the UK devoted to this field of study.
Chinese Religion, Philosophy and Culture Program (CRPCP)
Renmin University of China (RUC)
Starting from 2012, the Chinese Religion, Philosophy and Culture Program (CRPCP) offers overseas students, who are not proficient in Chinese language, the opportunity to study Chinese Religion, philosophy and culture while living in China. CRPCP attracts students from all over the world and hopes to create a unique multidisciplinary and multinational environment in which diverse backgrounds and experiences will enhance rigorous academic study.
M.A. and Visiting Student Programs in Chinese Philosophy
With Courses Offered in English
Fudan University, Shanghai, China
These programs are aimed to offer opportunities of learning Chinese and studying Chinese philosophy to overseas postgraduates or college juniors and seniors who have not yet been able to master the Chinese language. In addition to Chinese language classes, these programs offer courses on Chinese philosophy as well as other related courses in English at Fudan University. Fudan University is a leading institution of higher education in China, and is experienced with and renowned for educating overseas students. The School of Philosophy at Fudan is a top philosophy department in China. The university is located in Shanghai, the most dynamic city of China that belongs to a region that is rich in Chinese traditions and cultures. It has been two years since these programs were launched, and 21 students have been enrolled in either the M.A. program (17 students) and the visiting student program (4 students). They are from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Israel, and Indonesia, and many of them are top students in their classes, majoring in philosophy, classics, and/or East Asian or Chinese studies. The above facts make these programs simply the most successful of their kind (English-based higher and post-graduate education programs in Chinese philosophy) in mainland China.
- M.A. Program: a two-year degree program, 29 credits (with 6 credits for 2 courses in Chinese Language) and a master thesis.
- Visiting Student Program: a one-year program, 3-4 major courses, and 1-2 courses of Chinese, a certificate to be offered upon the completion.
- Audit Program: individual-course-based program.
- Tuition and Living Expenses: RMB 50,000 a year for tuition; on-campus housing: from RMB 1,200 per month to 2,700 per month; meals at an on-campus dining facility: RMB 1,000 per month.
- Scholarships and part-time jobs abundantly available.
Application Deadlines: March 1 (Priority, for scholarships) and June 1.
For Further Information: http://iso.fudan.edu.cn/downloads/zgzx20121129.pdf
Or contact Prof. Bai Tongdong, firstname.lastname@example.org
As I understand it, this new program has the potential to provide foreign Ph.D. students studying in China with up to RMB 200,000 per year for six years; and their are other dimensions of the program as well. Some information is below, and on the linked websites. Anyone with specific additional information, please share in the comments. Note that students applying from universities with affiliated Confucius Institutes will apparently receive priority.
Confucius China Study Plan(Trial Version)
In order to foster deep understanding of China and the Chinese culture among young elites from around the world, enable the prosperous growth of China studies, promote the sustainable development of Confucius Institutes, and enhance the friendly relationship between China and the people of other countries, the Confucius Institute Headquarters (the Headquarters) has set up the “Confucius China Study Plan”.
Blog regular Joshua Harwood writes:
I am interested in the financial details of graduate programs in Chinese philosophy, in East Asia. Taiwan (where I am now) offers some scholarship assistance for those who enroll in Chinese graduate programs, which includes living stipends, etc., but I know that such assistance differs by major, and the details of the program are not crystal-clear to me.
I’ve saved some money, but doubt that I’ll ever meet the tuition demands of most US universities, and so I decided long ago that I would prefer to study in an East Asian graduate program. I’m probably nearing the time to begin my admissions process, and I would appreciate any helpful resources (in Chinese or English) which might help me focus my decisions.
If it helps, my primary interests in Chinese philosophy are Yang Zhu, pre-Han Chinese metaethics, and 命. For non-Chinese-specific topics, I’m most interested in formal logic, especially the connection of formal languages to natural languages, and mathematical logic.
I’m sure we’d all benefit from any thoughts or advice.
Nanyang Technological University of Singapore has launched a philosophy graduate program (MA and PhD), with an emphasis on Asian and comparative philosophy. The university also offers very generous financial aid packages (for 12 months a year). More information can be found at the website: http://philosophy.hss.ntu.edu.sg/Pages/OurProgramme.aspx .
For more information, you may also contact Prof. Chenyang Li directly at: email@example.com.
Last week, Brian Leiter hosted a poll of readers of his blog, asking “What areas are most important for a strong PhD program in philosophy?” The results are discussed here, but one has to go to the full listing to see anything related to Chinese or comparative philosophy. “History of Non-Western Philosophy” came in 26th out of 27. I suppose that we can hope for different results one day in the future!
Well, technically, it’s a ranking. Continue reading “The Philosophical Gourmet Chinese Philosophy Specialty List of PhD Programs – 2011”
With applications for graduate programs due in the next couple of months I thought I’d briefly announce the development of a new program in Chinese thought at Indiana University. I’ve posted a brief description below, but more information can be found at this website (http://www.indiana.edu/~relstud/grad/tracks.shtml#chinesethought). With two faculty in the department working on Confucian thought, and good support from strong departments of Philosophy and East Asian Languages and Cultures, we hope to provide a solid option for those looking to do graduate work in Chinese philosophy within the context of a religious studies department.
This field trains students to produce original research on Chinese philosophical and religious thought. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to teach effectively about the religious traditions of East Asia. Students in this field learn to interpret the texts of early China in light of the various disciplines involved in the comparative study of religion, including philosophy, history, philology, and anthropology. While students will gain a broad knowledge of Chinese texts, the current focus of this field is the early period of Confucianism (roughly the 6th century BCE through the 3rd century CE). However, concentrating on another time period is possible, depending on previous student training.
From Prof. Roel Sterckx: The Department of East Asian Studies offers funding for one PhD fellowship to start in October 2012. The value of the scholarship will be £15,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years. This will cover university composition and college fees at UK/EU rate plus a significant part towards maintenance. For details, see the website of the Board of Graduate Studies. Continue reading “PhD Fellowship in Classical Chinese Studies at Cambridge”
Call for applications: Graduate Workshop
Research Training in Old Chinese: Old Chinese Grammar and Semantics
Continue reading “Call for applications: Graduate Workshop at Queen's College”
The University of New South Wales offers International Research Scholarships; PhD or Masters programs in Chinese Philosophy is available under this scheme. Continue reading “Scholarships at UNSW for MA/PhD in Chinese Philosophy”
Prof. BAI Tongdong would like to announce an exciting new opportunity to study Chinese philosophy, in English (though also with Chinese language courses), at Fudan University in Shanghai. Note that there is some substantial financial assistance available. There are both 2-year MA and 1-year non-degree options. Sounds terrific! Continue reading “Study Chinese Philosophy in English at Fudan”
[I’m bringing this up to the front for those people who had intended to add–but let slip during the summer–what they know about the programs they are or have been affiliated with. I’m still compiling more information behind the scenes and will try to have a relatively complete draft of programs by end of September. You can send me attachments of documents or confidential (or otherwise sensitive information) via email; or you may simply post your comments–questions too!–on this string.]
I thought it would be a useful and beneficial service to the academic study of Chinese philosophy for this blog to offer a non-ranked informational list of Ph.D. and M.A. programs (or the relevant graduate equivalents) that offer training to research and teach Chinese philosophy.
To make the list as useful and non-political as possible, I propose—at least—the following protocols:
Information and/or evaluation will be provided in two ways (both moderated and edited for blog presentation, by me):
1. By people who are directly or indirectly involved in administering those programs. They may provide any sort of information they see fit, promotional or otherwise, so long as it does not involve ranking of their programs relative to other programs. These people will not be anonymous.
2. By people who have experienced those programs as participants. These people may be granted blog-anonymity if they have a good rationale for it, though they cannot be anonymous to me. I’m not involved in administrating any M.A. or Ph.D. program, nor do I have any stake in raising or lowering the reputation of any particular one, so I think I can have this type of moderation-control without conflict of interests.
I’d like to generate a good deal of information over the Summer before posting the results on this blog, in the Fall when it will be most useful for those applying to programs.
I welcome any suggestions or additions in terms of the type of information I should try to collect and include. You can simply comment in response to this post or send me an email.
I’ll move this post up to the front from time to time to get more feedback and to try to get the word out about the information we need. I’ll try to post a “results” page in the Fall, around mid-September.
Some issues that came up in that discussion perhaps worth revisiting on this post’s comment string, are:
- considerations relevant to choosing between Philosophy programs and Asian Studies, Asian Literature, or Asian History programs;
- considerations relevant to choosing between programs in the U.S., Canada, Australia and those in Asia (principally, in Hong Kong, Singapore, China (PRC), or Taiwan (ROC)–perhaps in other countries as well? let me know!);
- considerations relevant to choosing and getting a degree from a program that does not actually have a specialist in Chinese philosophy, but working-at-a-distance with specialists at other institutions.
Please feel free to comment (in whatever capacity this matters to you)!