Graduate Students

  • The May 29-30, 2015, capstone event for the New Generation Scholars Program allowed graduate students from several universities to make presentations based on their research.

  • Lauren Ledin, while an incoming Anthropology PhD candidate, took advantage of the Center in Beijing’s special relationship with Shandong University in Jinan to participate in a field camp.

The Center in Beijing provides a base for the growing number of University of Chicago graduate students engaged in research in East Asia, acting as a hub for the internationally mobile graduate student community. Graduate researchers in all fields engage with the Center at many levels, from attending speeches and social events while in town, to holding desk space during brief preliminary research trips, to working as research assistants for faculty members or making long-term visits for thesis research and writing. The Center is an ideal space for graduate students in Beijing, offering a quiet, Internet-equipped work setting while also fostering a social and academic network of young scholars.

Graduate students can seek work space and logistical support at the Center and participate in the numerous international workshops and conferences held at the Center each year. They can use the facility as a base while collaborating with peers and faculty, visiting local libraries, and performing field research. Please contact Program & Outreach Coordinator Adrian Aldana ( if you wish to find out more about desk space and logistical support at the Center.

A number of short-term special programs for University of Chicago graduate students in certain divisions have also been hosted at the Center, such as the annual Masters of Fine Arts Study in Beijing contemporary art session and the March and December Law School International Immersion Programs. These programs were proposed by and arranged in cooperation with specific schools and divisions of the University from 2012 – 2016  With support from the Ford Foundation, the Center in Beijing also administers the New Generation Scholars Program.

Each year, the Beijing Center supports a limited number of graduate research residencies in China with stipends of 3,000USD. Interested students should write to

Helpful Links

For information about services and support available for research, please contact Center staff.

To find out about future conferences, events, and workshops at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, please view our Upcoming Events.

Find out more about the Center in Beijing's Facilities and Services.

UChicago's Center for East Asian Studies also offers links and resources for scholarly research on wider Asia and on China specifically. CEAS maintains relationships with a number of top academic programs in China and Japan that are open to graduate students.

The United States Department of State offers a number of programs for China under its 100,000 Strong Initiative, including Fulbright Fellowships. The National Science Foundation is another source of support for graduate students.