• Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the China Studies Institute Fellowship Program is postponed. We will update this page once we are able to determine the new program dates.

    The China Studies Institute (CSI) Zhi-Xing China Academic Impact Fellowship Program allows faculty to learn from scholars, business leaders, and education administrators about Chinese civilization, history, language, business and education. The institute encourages participants to develop strategies for incorporating Chinese studies into courses on their campuses.

    The 2020 institute involves two weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, discussions, site visits and and cultural activities related to this theme: "Scientific Innovation and Technology Transformation."

    Institute faculty will include scholars, administrators and representatives from the local Chinese community, and government officials.

    Program Dates

    • Dates: June 14 - June 27, 2020
    • Cities: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai

    Fellowships and Program Costs

    • Participants: Selected participants' institutions will be required to pay:
      - A non-refundable registration fee of $750 (participants from AASCU member institutions) or $895 (participants from non-AASCU member institutions)
      - Costs associated with international travel: visa application fees, round-trip airfare and travel insurance

    • Program: The Zhi-Xing China Academic Impact Fellowship, provided for all participants, pays for most of the costs associated with the two weeks in China including:
      - Room/board

      - In-country domestic and ground transportation
      - Other organized activity expenses

    Due to the intensive nature of the program, families or friends cannot be accommodated and are not permitted to accompany participants.


    The CSI Institute and Zhi-Xing China Academic Impact Fellowships are made possible by a generous endowment from the Chinese Government. AASCU manages and administers the CSI Fellowship program;Chinese Education Association for International Exchanges (CEAIE) provides the academic program and facilities in China. 


    Participants must meet the following requirements. Faculty members teaching in all disciplines, including STEM, are encouraged to apply.

    • Be a full-time, junior teaching faculty at two or four-year institutions, with the potential to impact undergraduate education (lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor, etc.)
    • Have limited or no prior training or professional experience in Chinese studies
    • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident

    Candidate Selection Process and Timeline:

    • Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020
    • AASCU will collect all applications through the January deadline and send all qualified applications to CEAIE 
    • CEAIE will make the final selections and notify AASCU of the selected candidates by mid-February 
    • Final candidates upon being notified will send a letter of their acceptance along with payment of registration fee to AASCU by mid-March
    • AASCU will provide pre-departure orientation and the CSI program to the candidates by mid-May 
    • CSI Fellows depart the U.S. on June 13 to arrive in Beijing, China, on June 14, 2020
    • The program officially ends on June 26, 2020
    • CSI Fellows depart from Shanghai on June 27, 2020