Ashoka University is delighted to announce the second year of the China-India Virtual Scholars (CIVS) Fellowship! Designed to be a visiting fellowship, we are adapting the program this year to provide our fellows with the same exposure and engagement, albeit online keeping in mind continuing travel restrictions and Covid-19 concerns.
The CIVS Fellowship is an opportunity for academics, policy experts, and professionals who are interested in expanding their current research to include China and Taiwan. The theme for our second year is ‘Economic and Development,’ including but not limited to areas spanning public finance, education, environment and climate, public health, urbanization, and labor economics. The fellowship is funded by Ashoka University and will provide up to 20 Indian scholars each year the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of China and Taiwan’s development experience across various fields.
Today, the world is faced with an unprecedented challenge. Covid-19 has affected us all in an unexpected and difficult way. However, it has also reinforced our belief in fostering deeper knowledge within Asia and the world. The current global situation is a stark reminder of how interconnected our world is. We are committed now, more than ever, to study other countries and understand them. We believe that in the 21st century, India needs to invest in its ability to understand its neighbors in order to grow and prosper. Both India and China, with their massive populations, economies, and environmental impacts, have outsized effects on the trajectory of global affairs. If there were a prime moment for India to invest in its ability to understand China better, this would be it.
China continues to play an important role in the region. It is imperative that we study it to understand its economic, political, social, and historical conditions to support and enhance continued engagement. Countries in the region have had their development journey shaped due to China's influence. Therefore, this year we will be accepted proposals that look beyond China and at other countries that fall within China's sphere of influence. Up to two fellows can be supported who look beyond China and Taiwan.
The funding is made entirely by Ashoka University. Please note, the fellowship is not funded by any Chinese institution or individual. The application for CIVS will be live soon and announced on this page.