Category Archives: Programs of Study

Summer Program for Undergraduates

We are pleased to announce a new program for undergraduate students at the Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute at the Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy in Shandong, China, July 6 to August 3, 2013.

This month-long training program will include classes in Chinese Philosophy, Modern Chinese History, Contemporary Chinese Society, and Chinese Language.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Philosophy

Announcement of Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Philosophy

The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for the Academic Year 2013-4.

Area: Chinese philosophy in contemporary global context. Research can be in any area of Chinese philosophy but must explore not only its historical but also contemporary significance. Priority will be given to research proposals with a comparative or interdisciplinary perspective.

For more information, see or contact Chenyang Li at .

Summer Residential Institute in Japanese/Chinese Comparative Philosophy

The University of Hawaii and the University of Tokyo are organizing this three-week institute (July 31 – August 17, 2012). Roger Ames is organizing and directing the program which also involves several of the University of Tokyo’s most popular teachers. The Institute is a combination of thematic lectures and close readings of core texts in Chinese and Japanese philosophy. The application deadline is tomorrow, March 1, 2012; if you are interested but cannot make that deadline, contact Roger Ames at

For more information see: and scroll down to “University of Tokyo-University of Hawaii Summer Residential Institute in Comparative Philosophy.”

Nishan Summer Institute

The Center for East-West Relations at Beijing Foreign Studies University sends the following announcement about their Second Annual Confucian Studies Summer Institute. FYI, after you explore a bit, you will find that there is a tuition of $3100 (USD) for the month-long program.


We are pleased to introduce the Second Annual Confucian Studies Summer Institute at the Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy in Shandong, China, June 9 to July 7, 2012.

This month-long training program for teachers of Chinese culture (and select graduate students) will be led by professors Roger T. Ames (University of Hawaii), Sor-hoon Tan (National University of Singapore) and Tian Chenshan (Beijing Foreign Studies University), with a special series of lectures by Henry Rosemont, Jr. (Brown University). Our time together will revolve around careful and critical readings of classical texts and contemporary commentaries, seminars, discussion groups, cultural events and activities, and a number of field trips. Continue reading →

Fudan's English-language Chinese Philosophy Programs

Fudan University has successfully launched its English-language Chinese philosophy programs (a one-year Visiting Student program, and a two-year M.A. program) this fall, and is now offering information for those who want to learn more about applying to begin in Fall 2012. Please see this poster for the basic information, and this document with further details. Anyone who has experience with the programs, please let us know in the comments!

New doctoral program in Chinese Thought at Indiana

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 ( 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.

Undergraduate Institutions for Studying Chinese Philosophy

In response to a few emailed queries from students about where they might go, or transfer, to study Chinese philosophy at the undergraduate level in the U.S. I wrote the following, really off the top of my head. But as I was writing it, it occurred to me that it might be good to collect a more comprehensive list and create a separate reference page on the blog for it in the near future. So, please look at the list and see what or who is missing from the list — the list is, as I’ve said, off the top of my head. This is a list specifically of “Philosophy” or “Philosophy and Religion” departments in the U.S. I know there are people in other departments teaching undergraduate Chinese philosophy courses. They should be included too, but I’ll need to know what departments they teach in at their institutions. Also, for the purposes of this list, it will make sense only to include places with relatively permanent faculty teaching Chinese philosophy who are actively doing research related to it, as far as you know.

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Fudan M.A. and Visiting Program in Chinese Philosophy

Tongdong Bai sends this update to a previous announcement:
The M.A. and Visiting Student Programs were finally approved by Fudan University, and the application materials are available now.  The programs are aimed to offer opportunities to students who wish to study Chinese philosophy but are not yet able to master the Chinese language.  Various types of scholarships will be available.  In particular, I will personally help to attract funding and to find part-time-job opportunities for students who will enroll in these programs.