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China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) 2021

Application Deadline:April 15, 2021 11:59 PM

The China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) is an exchange fellowship program for China, Hong Kong SAR (China) and U.S. scholars and students in the arts, humanities and social sciences to teach, study or conduct research abroad in China, Hong Kong SAR (China) or the US in 2021-2022. The program will award 48 grants to selected faculty and students. The distribution of grants is anticipated to be roughly equal among China and Hong Kong SAR (China) students and scholars traveling to the US, and US students and scholars traveling to China and Hong Kong SAR (China).  The program is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York*, Ford Foundation, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Henry Luce Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Eligibility Requirements

China or Hong Kong SAR (China) Students can propose research projects in the U.S.

China or Hong Kong SAR (China) Scholars can propose teachingresearch or both in the U.S.

U.S. Students can propose study or research projects in China or Hong Kong SAR (China).

U.S. Scholars can propose teachingresearch or both in China or Hong Kong SAR (China).

Programs can range from five to ten months and must take place between August 2021 and May 2022.


The students and scholars selected for CUSP are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Living Stipend: monthly stipend to be adjusted based on geographic location
    • Students: minimum $1,250 per month
    • Scholars: minimum $2,000 per month
  • International Airfare
  • Medical Insurance
  • Professional Allowance: one-time allowance of $1,000 towards books, research materials, etc. 
  • Dependent Allowance*
  • Tuition: for U.S. students enrolled in an academic program)

How to Apply

For Students and Scholars

The application for the China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) is now open and will close on April 15, 2021. Proposed projects can range from five to ten months and must take place between August 2021 and May 2022. Selected Students and Scholars will be notified in late May 2021.

Application Components

All applicants must complete the online application form which includes:

  • Biographical Information
  • Professional and Educational Background
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume (max. 10 pages)
  • Project Title, Abstract and Project Statement (3-5 pages)  Visit Project Statement Guidelines for more details.
  • Course Syllabus (max. 3 pages)  Only required for Scholars who apply for teaching or teaching/research activity.
  • Two Essays. Visit Essay Guidelines for more details.
  • Letter of Affiliation. Letter of affiliation from a China, Hong Kong SAR (China) or U.S. host institution. Letters of Affiliation are required for Scholars and Postdoctoral Researchers. Student applications with a Letter of Affiliation will be more competitive during the selection process.  Visit Affiliation Guidelines for more information.
  • Letters of Recommendation. For students, three letters of reference are required. For Scholars, two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from individuals who know you well like a professor, colleague, mentor or employer/supervisor. Please do not submit letters from family members. View Letters of Recommendation Guidelines for more information. 
  • Transcripts (Students only). Students are required to submit transcripts from undergraduate and/or graduate programs, including for programs that are in progress. Transcripts must be produced by the Registrar’s office or other administrative office. Screenshots of online academic portals are not acceptable.  If the transcripts are not in English, then a translation should be included. If a current transcript is unavailable, proof of enrollment should be submitted.
  • Online Portfolio (Creative and Performing Artists only). Applicants in the Arts will be asked to provide an external link to an online portfolio.  For specifics on what that should include, please visit Online Portfolio Guidelines.

Official Website: China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) 2021



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