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New Public Intellectuals Program, 2005-2007

The National Committee on United States-China Relations

Program Overview

The National Committee on United States-China Relations announces a program to nurture a new generation of China specialists who have the interest and potential to play significant roles as public intellectuals. Funded with generous grants from The Henry Luce Foundation and The Starr Foundation, the program aims to upgrade the quality of American public debate about China by strengthening links among U.S. academics, policymakers, and opinion leaders. Through a varied set of activities, the program will help twenty young American China scholars deepen and broaden their knowledge about Chinas politics, economics, and society, and encourage them to use this knowledge to inform policy and public opinion. Applicants will be scholars and other specialists who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, wish to venture outside of academia into areas relevant to foreign policy and public education.


Ph.D. academics in all disciplines; a limited number of slots for other established professionals will be available. Must have demonstrated expertise about China, generally be younger than 45 years old, and have U.S. citizenship or permanent residence.

The program will provide unique opportunities for professional development, mentoring by senior scholars, networking, and exposure. Fellows will gain access to senior policymakers and experts in both the United States and China, and to individuals and fields they would not typically be exposed to, including, for instance, the emerging business and nonprofit sectors in China, as well as to media representatives writing about China.


Two and a half years, from fall 2005 to winter 2007.


During the two-and-a-half-year period Fellows will be expected to--
-Attend two five-day Washington, D.C.-based workshops on U.S.-China relations including government briefings and media training (early fall 2005 and late spring 2007);
-Participate in one ten-day Fellows trip to China in January 2006 or January 2007;
-Serve as scholar-escort for one National Committee delegation (one to two weeks long, in U.S. or China);
-Help organize and participate in a one-day regional public event on China;
-Develop at least one local public education program.

Application deadline

April 11, 2005. Applicants must submit a cover sheet, a 750-word essay stating how they would benefit from the program; a CV; and the names of three referrals (one outside of academia).

For online application instructions, go to


May 16, 2005.

For questions, contact

Program Director Kyna Rubin at or tel: 301-229-7097.

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