Initiated in the 1960s, the Harvard-Yenching Institute’s Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) now consists of two branches – Harvard-DSP and Non-Harvard DSP. Each year the institute invites Harvard departments of the humanities and social sciences to nominate candidates for Harvard-DSP scholarships. Although the candidates do not have to be faculty members or researchers, they must be from Asia.
The candidates’ applications are presented to a joint selection committee of Harvard-Yenching Institute and Harvard faculty for consideration. Those who are selected receive a three-and-a-half-year scholarship. Harvard-DSP grantees have been nominated and trained in different departments of the University, such as East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Sociology, Anthropology, and History of Art and Architecture, and the Committee on the Study of Religion.
Non-Harvard DSP allows junior faculty members and researchers of universities and research institutes affiliated with the institute to study abroad for a Ph.D. in the humanities and social sciences with an emphasis on culture. Recently, the institute has operated a pilot program titled “Special Students Program.” Nominated by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, winners of this program will receive a one-year fellowship to cover tuition and fees at Harvard.
This year’s new doctoral grantees at Harvard include Ali Tariq (Bangladesh, Department of History), Zhang Zhan (China, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), Huang Hsuan-Ying (Taiwan, Department of Anthropology), Hung Kuang-Chi (Taiwan, Department of History of Science), and Wu Min (China, special student, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations).