• Announcing the 2019 China Studies Institute (CSI) Zhi-Xing China Academic Impact Fellowship Program

    June 10-30, 2019
    China - Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai

    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 China Studies Institute (CSI) offers college and university faculty members with limited or without prior experience in Chinese studies to learn about China, both past and present. The institute encourages participants to develop strategies for incorporating Chinese studies into courses on their campuses. The Institute involves three weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, readings, and cultural activities related to Chinese history, culture, literature, government, business, language and education. Institute faculty will include scholars, administrators, representatives from the local Chinese community, and government officials.

    Program Dates

    • Dates: June 10 - June 30, 2019
    • Cities: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai

    Fellowships and Program Costs

    • Participants: Selected participants will be required to pay:
      - a non-refundable registration fee - $750 (participants from AASCU-member institutions), and $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 three 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. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (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 be full-time faculty at two or four-year academic institutions with the potential to impact undergraduate education and have limited or no prior training or professional experience in Chinese studies. 

    Candidate Selection Process and Timeline:

    • Application Deadline - Friday, December 21, 2018
    • AASCU will collect all applications through the December deadline and send all qualified applications to CEAIE 
    • CEAIE will make the final selections and notify AASCU of the selected candidates by the end of January 
    • Final candidates upon being notified will send a letter of their acceptance, along with payment of registration fee to AASCU by the end of February
    • AASCU will provide pre-departure orientation and the CSI program to the candidates by mid-May 
    • CSI Fellows depart the US on June 10 to arrive in Beijing, China on June 11, 2019
    • The program officially ends on June 30, 2019
    • CSI Fellows depart from Shanghai