The American Mandarin Society Next-Generation Scholars Program

by melodieha in Lanzhou University Cuiying Honors College on November 21st, 2017   473 views

Are you a young scholar trying to develop a career writing about China? We are now accepting applications for our Next-Generation Scholars Program. This is a unique opportunity to hone your writing craft and build a track record of publication while under the guidance of an expert in the field.

Program Overview
This new AMS initiative will support four young professionals pursuing advanced research that benefits the study of U.S.-China relations through tailored writing mentorships with renowned experts in their field. Each scholar will commit to writing four analytical pieces (each ~1000-3000 words) over the course of a year. They will receive feedback from AMS-assigned mentors with the goal of publishing these pieces in respected policy publications or websites.
2018 Mentors
Scholars will be selected across a range of disciplines and interest areas. They will then be paired up with one of the following mentors who most closely matches their interest area:
  • Richard McGregor, former Washington and Beijing Bureau Chief for The Financial Times, and the author of the book The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers
  • Mei Fong, Pulitzer Prize-winning former staff writer for The Wall St. Journaland author of the book One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment
  • Isaac Stone Fish, international affairs journalist, a senior fellow at the Asia Society in New York City, and the former Asia Editor at Foreign Policy Magazine
  • Peter Mattis, fellow with The Jamestown Foundation, former editor of China Brief at The Jamestown Foundation, and author of Analyzing the Chinese Military: A Review Essay and Resource Guide on the People’s Liberation Army
Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents 32 years of age or younger and have:
  • a master’s degree or higher in a field related to China studies (this requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances)
  • studied and/or worked abroad in mainland China or Taiwan
  • proficiency in Mandarin Chinese
  • demonstrated commitment to developing a China-focused career
  • excellent writing skills
  • a high degree of personal integrity
  • a strong desire to improve his/her writing for publication
Application requirements
Interested applicants should submit a résumé, a cover letter that explains interest in and qualifications for this fellowship, a prior writing sample, an original 600-700 word article on a subject of your interest that was mentioned in the 19th Party Congress work report, and the names and emails of two references to All applicants should first register as members of AMS (sign up at
Application deadline:
December 15, 2018

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