Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Visiting Scholar fellowship at Peking U's School of International Studies

Here's something that's potentially related to Chinese law, so I'm going to stretch a point and post it, as it may be of interest to readers.

Peking University's School of International Studies is offering fellowships to visiting scholars of several months at a time. There is a stipend of about RMB 16,000 per month (about $2000) as well as round-trip air fare. It's still not too late to apply for this fall; see the deadlines in the announcement: Download PKU_VS_Fund.pdf

May 17, 2006 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, May 12, 2006

Postdoctoral fellowships at Lund University

Marina Svensson has asked me to post the following announcement. Please note the imminent deadline.

The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University hereby invites applications for two postdoctoral fellowships. The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies is focused upon research concerning contemporary East and South-East Asia, principally from social sciences, economics and humanities perspectives.

For this call for applications, preference will be given  for one of the two positions for research focusing on contemporary Japan, and for the other position for research focusing on contemporary China.

Application forms and the application guidelines may be found at the following website:

The deadline for applications is 16:00 on Friday 19 May 2006.

Dr Marina Svensson
Associate Professor
Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies
Lund University
Box 792
SE-220 07 Lund

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

English-language LLM programs in China

Peking University's Law School has just started an English-language LL.M. program in Chinese law. Applications for the 2006-07 academic year are due on May 29th. For more information, click here.

To the best of my knowledge, this is the second English-language LL.M. in Chinese law offered directly by a Chinese law school. The first is at Tsinghua University's Faculty of Law; for more information, click here.

April 16, 2006 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities, News - Miscellaneous, Other, People and Institutions | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, February 24, 2006

Generous scholarship for Chinese JD students at UMKC

The following is from Prof. Pat Randolph of the University of Missouri at Kansas City regarding the Edgar Snow Scholarship, a fellowship that pays for three years of tuition and most living expenses in the JD program at UMKC.

The University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Law (UMKC) is pleased to announce this year's competition for the Edgar Snow Scholarship.  This scholarship and an associated fellowship package  will provide an allowance sufficient to cover most of the expenses of pursuing a three year J.D. program at the  School of Law. including tuition, living expenses and books.

Please note that Prof. Randolph will be in China from March 4th through March 10th to interview for this scholarship, so if you are interested it is essential to contact him immediately. You don't have to be in Beijing.

Click below for the full announcement and Prof. Randolph's contact information.

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (State Department) seeks Statements of Interest for projects promoting democracy, human rights, and rule of law in China

The following is a summary of the announcement attached at the end of this post:

The Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) of the Department of State announces a call for Statements Of Interest (SOIs) from organizations interested in submitting proposals for projects that promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law in China. Organizations are invited to submit statements of interest outlining program concepts and capacity to manage projects that will foster democracy, human rights, transparency, freedom of information and expression, religious freedom, judicial independence, criminal and civil rule of law, civil society, freedom of the press, electoral reform, public participation, labor rights, and media reform in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. 

DRL seeks to fund projects that will have a direct and lasting impact in China by promoting reforms and structural changes.  US-based activities, study tours, scholarships, or exchange projects are strongly discouraged.  The majority of activities should address the PRC, Hong Kong or Taiwan directly.  Projects that have a strong academic or research focus will not be highly considered.  DRL strongly discourages health, technology, or scientific projects unless they have an explicit democracy, human rights, or rule of law component.  Projects that focus on commercial law or economic development will also not be highly considered.

For full details, see the attached announcement: Download DRL_Notice.pdf. The deadline is Feb. 23, 2006.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

LLM Program in Chinese Law, University of Hong Kong

I have been asked to post an announcement about the LLM degree in Chinese law offered by the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law. Here's the announcement: Download HKU-LLM.pdf. The program also has a website here.

January 24, 2006 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, December 16, 2005

US-China Business Council Legal Cooperation Fund

Here's an announcement about the latest round of grants from the US-China Business Council's Legal Cooperation Fund: Download USCBC-LCF.pdf. The fund operates under the auspices of the USCBC's non-profit educational and research arm, the China Business Forum.

This is a good program for small-scale grants that operates with a minimum of red tape. For information on applying, see the LCF's website.

December 16, 2005 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities, News - Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Blakemore Foundation grants for Chinese language study

The Blakemore Foundation offers grants for advanced (i.e., non-beginner) Asian language study to American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who have a college degree and plan to use an Asian language in their career. Grants can be made for one year (Freeman Fellowships) or for less than one year (refresher grants). For more information, see the Foundation's web site here. I am posting about these grants here because they are ideal for lawyers who already have some Chinese, but just need that little extra boost to get them to the level at which they can work comfortably in a Chinese-language environment, and that kind of candidate would be very competitive.

October 20, 2005 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 6, 2005

The Next Generation Leadership Program (National Bureau of Asian Research)

Here's something that may be of interest to younger members of the Chinese law community:

Nbrlogo_2The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is pleased to announce The Next Generation Leadership program, a new year-long fellowship for recent master's degree recipients that focuses on bridging the gap between scholarship and policymaking. The fellowship will be based at NBR's headquarters in Seattle. Fellows will collaborate with leading scholars to publish research and share their findings with the policymaking community in Washington, D.C.
The Next Generation Leadership program will break new ground by mentoring and immersing young Asia specialists from a wide variety of fields and interests in the skills and the practice of bridging the gap between scholarship and policy. Each fellow will receive a fellowship award, as well as travel and research-related expenses.

Application deadline is January 16, 2006. Fellowships begin June 5, 2006. For further information and application materials please visit

A full-text announcement is available at

October 6, 2005 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Fulbright awards for China: it's not too late!

I have received the following announcement:

Late applications for 2006-07 Fulbright Scholar grants in China are being accepted from scholars in a wide variety of sub-field of law including: administrative, business, contract, investment, civil, tax, constitutional comparative, intellectual property and international. Grants are for 5 or 10 months. Five-month grants start in August 2006 or February 2007 and academic year grants start in August 2006. Applicants may express a preference regarding host institution and host city, but final determination of placements is at the discretion of the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Beijing in consultation with the Ministry of Education. Applicants do NOT need to secure a letter of invitation. Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years of law school teaching experience either full-time or as an adjunct. The lecturing grants in China include a generous benefits package.
For more information visit or contact David Adams, or 202-686-4021.

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

US-China Legal Cooperation Fund

The US-China Legal Cooperation fund is soliciting applications for support of activities in the field of law conducted jointly by American and Chinese partners. The next deadline is Sept. 30, 2005.

The latest announcement is here: Download US-China_Legal_Cooperation.pdf

Full information and links to application forms, etc. is available here.

July 17, 2005 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, July 15, 2005

Law teaching positions available at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center has two faculty openings in law for the 2006-07 academic year. Their website states:

Each year the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office in Washington D.C. recruits up to seven visiting faculty positions to teach social science courses relating to aspects of the contemporary United States and the international system.

For more information about the Center and these particular positions, click here.

July 15, 2005 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

U.S. China Law Society Research Fellowship

The U.S. China Law Society is offering fellowships in support of research in the Chinese legal system. The full blurb is below:

The U.S. China Law Society is pleased to announce the launch of the Research Fellowship Program on Democratization, Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law in China. This year's program focuses on finding constructive measures to improve the People's Congress System and to build constitutionalism and the rule of law in China. The program plans to fund two fellows for the 2005-06 year. Each research fellow selected would be required to produce a research paper on an important aspect of the reform of the People's Congress System, democratization, development and reform of the constitutional review system, judicial reform and other rule of law issues. We aim to publish the papers in both the U.S. and China.

Please visit our website at to download Application.

The application deadline for the selection of the first fellow is July 30, 2005.

Two additional notes:

(1) As I read the application form, a total of $8,000 is available for both fellowships. No citizenship criterion is stated, but applicants must have an advanced degree (Ph.D., S.J.D., or J.D.) from, or be at the dissertation stage of a doctoral degree at, a U.S. university. Please read the application form to confirm these details.

(2) The application form may be directly downloaded here.

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Friday, June 17, 2005

Post-Doc at Cambridge in Contemporary China Studies

The following fellowship is not specifically in support of research in Chinese law, but that would certainly be included within the ambit scope of contemporary China studies. Here's the announcement:



Applications are invited for a Mellon  Foundation two-year post-doctoral
fellowship in contemporary Chinese Studies  in the Faculty of Oriental
Studies, starting on 1 October 2005.

The  salary will be £24,820 per annum.

The postholder will be expected to carry out research in any social
science discipline related to the study of contemporary China and to
teach for up to 7 hours per week on the undergraduate and Masters
courses in Chinese Studies.

Candidates should have a promising research record and be able to
teach disciplinary courses in English as well as using Chinese primary
source materials at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Applications, including an application form, a curriculum vitae and the
names and addresses of two referees, should be sent to Mrs Jane
Fisher-Hunt, Secretary to the Selection  Committee, Faculty of Oriental
Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA  (telephone 01223 335107,
fac 01223 335110, email, so as to reach her by noon
on Friday July 8th. Two references are required for each application
and the applicant should ask the referees to make sure that the
reference reaches the Secretary by the same deadline.

It is hoped that interviews will take place during the week commencing
18th July.

Application forms (PD18) are found at and are also
available from the Secretary.

Further details are available from the Secretary, and are also found
on the Faculty's website,

The University of Cambridge is committed to equality of opportunity.

June 17, 2005 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Visiting Scholar Scheme at Universities Service Centre, Hong Kong

I recently received the following letter from Jean Hung of the Universities Service Centre at Chinese University of Hong Kong regarding the availability of grants to fund visits to the Centre to conduct research. I am posting it here (with some irrelevant material deleted) because the Centre has an excellent collection of periodicals and newspapers (in particular, local fazhibao (法制报)) relevant to research in Chinese law. I had a very productive stay there many years ago and recommend it highly.

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to report to you that we have received a generous donation from the Lee Hysan (Hong Kong) Foundation to support our Visiting Scholar Scheme at USC.  The Lee Hysan Visiting Scholar Scheme provides grants to mainland and overseas scholars to visit the Centre for the purpose of conducting research. The grants subsidizes the rental for on-campus accommodation and provides per diem during the period of stay. The period of visit can be between 1 - 3 months.

Apart from giving at least one luncheon seminar during their stay, a Lee Hysan Visiting Scholar is required to support activities organized by the Centre, such as public lectures or other academic events to promote a better understanding of China among students or the general public in Hong Kong.

Candidates for the Scheme are expected to be either established experts or promising young scholars in the field, who have demonstrated experiences in empirical studies. Interested applicants are advised to return to us the application form duly filled, together with a  CV and a research proposal of two pages. Graduate student applicants need to submit an additional recommendation letter of their supervisor.  Research topics must have either a Mainland or Hong Kong focus. Please refer to our USC website for the application procedure.

Best wishes
Jean Hung
Universities Service Centre for China Studies
8/F Tin Ka Ping Building
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, N.T., HONG KONG
Tel.: (852)2609-8765
Fax: (852)2603-5030

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