Our program offers a PhD students a chance to earn their MA with full funding while they study at Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou, China,

rare new integral opportunity for activist-scholar doctoral studies: the ANTH PhD with China Studies Scholarship (ANTH-ZJU Scholarship).

Starting in Fall 2017, we are pleased to offer teh ANTH–ZJU Scholarship to several prospective PhD students. These students must demonstrate a desire to integrate an extra intensive China Studies year abroad at ZJU, in addition to 36 units of our program's own PhD coursework. The intensive experience abroad occurs during the student’s second year and results in an MA in Contemporary China Studies from ZJU. Travel, tuition, and living costs are covered by the scholarship for the ZJU year abroad only.

Students then return to our program for a third year, where they complete their doctoral coursework before beginning comprehensive exams and doctoral dissertation research.

Course of Study

Year One

Fall (9 units)

  • Activist Ethnography I
  • Alternative Economic Systems
  • Elective or TBD China Studies Course

Spring (9 units)

  • Activist Ethnography II
  • Other Ways of Knowing: Alternative Epistemologies...
  • Contemporary Capitalism

Summer (3 units)

  • ZJU Transitional Seminar

Year Two

  • ZJU masters curriculum

Year Three

Fall (9 units)

  • Post-ZJU Integrative Seminar
  • Social Research Methods
  • Other Ways of Being Human

Spring (6 units)

  • Directed Seminar in Research
  • Alternative Political Systems

Year Four


  • Comprehensive Examination I


  • Comprehensive Examination II

Years Five–Seven


  • Dissertation Proposal Completion


  • Dissertation Writing and Completion; Dissertation defense


Do I need an MA to be an eligible applicant for the ANTH–ZJU scholarship?
No. Eligibility to apply for this particular graduate path does not require a master's degree. An MA is built into this program of study before advancing to PhD candidacy.

As an ANTH–ZJU scholar, is my doctoral activist ethnographic research required to focus on social change issues related specifically to China or Contemporary China Studies?
Applicants will need to demonstrate a clear scholarly link between their intended dissertation research and the intensive year at ZJU in their goal statement and be able to articulate this in their interview. Some applicants may have a clear interest in producing original ethnographic research related specifically to China or communities of struggle in China; others may leverage the opportunity abroad to further enrich a postcapitalist scholarly exploration that, while not specifically focused on China, incorporates the experience into their work.

What does the scholarship cover?
The ANTH–ZJU Scholarship only covers the tuition, travel, housing, and limited living expenses for the year abroad. The scholarship does not cover cost of attendance for CIIS coursework. Students may wish to consider financial aid options to fund the CIIS curriculum requirements. Prospective applicants are welcome to contact finaid@ciis.edu to connect with a CIIS financial aid counselor.

What does "demonstrating preparedness and potential for success" mean for the ANTH–ZJU scholar-applicant?
We will select students who can demonstrate academic readiness for a demanding doctoral path that includes one intensive year abroad in China. ANTH-ZJU scholars are mature, resourceful individuals who can adapt to a challenging immersive experience in a foreign university and can participate in supporting other cohort members on a similar path. Successful applicants will reflect on these preparedness themes in their goal statement and be able to discuss them during their interview.

Do I need to be fluent in Chinese languages?
Applicants will not need to demonstrate fluency in Chinese languages as an eligibility requirement. The immersive classroom experience with Chinese faculty at Zhejiang University will use primarily English. Students planning to conduct post-coursework activist ethnographic research with a primarily Chinese-speaking community will need to pass a foreign language competency exam to advance to candidacy for doctoral research.

To Apply

Our program seeks applicants for this scholarship who demonstrate a serious academic interest in combining contemporary immersive China Studies with an activist-scholar PhD program. In addition, these prospective students will need to demonstrate preparedness and potential for success during the intensive educational year abroad in China. There are no Chinese language requirements. All other requirements for the PhD program must be met. For more information, please contact us.

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