The Harvard-Yenching Institute

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The Harvard–Yenching Institute is an impartial basis devoted to advancing increased schooling in Asia within the humanities and social sciences, with particular consideration to the research of Asian tradition. It historically had shut ties to Harvard College and the now-defunct Yenching College, and its workplaces are positioned on the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, however it’s not a part of Harvard.

Historical past[edit]

The Harvard–Yenching Institute (HYI) was based in 1928 by Yenching College President John Leighton Stuart with funding offered solely from the property of Charles Martin Corridor, the inventor of a course of for refining aluminum and the founding father of the Aluminum Firm of America (ALCOA). Though the institute has shut ties with Harvard College, it’s a legally and fiscally impartial public charitable belief. Mr. Corridor’s cost to the trustees of his property was to advertise increased schooling in Asia and to that finish the trustees of his property partnered with Harvard College as a way to fulfill the Harvard–Yenching Institute’s mission as acknowledged in its Articles of Incorporation:

to conduct and supply analysis, instruction and publication within the tradition of China and/or elsewhere in Continental Asia and Japan and/or Turkey and the Balkan States in Europe, by founding, creating, supporting, sustaining and/or conducting a number of academic establishments and/or by supporting in complete or partially, co-operating with or becoming a member of or affiliating with different establishments now in existence or hereafter fashioned…[1]

Within the 1930s, the institute supported the event of what turned the division of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard and based the Harvard-Yenching Library in addition to the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Research. Throughout the 1930s and 40s, the institute offered direct help to Yenching College in Peiping (Peking), due to its deal with the humanities, together with 5 different faculties in China, College of Nanking (Nanking), Fukien Christian College (Foochow), Lingnan College (Guangzhou), Cheeloo College (Tsinan) and West China Union College (Chengtu), and Allahabad Agricultural Institute in India.

For the reason that 1950s, the institute’s core exercise has been to supply fellowships for abroad research and analysis to youthful doctoral and post-doctoral students at main East and Southeast Asian universities in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Though the institute has a particular dedication to selling the research of Asian tradition, its help is just not restricted to that discipline. Up to now over 1000 college from Asia have acquired Institute fellowships and over 300 doctoral college students have acquired their levels with Institute help. Along with offering fellowships, the institute helps publications via Harvard’s Monograph Collection in addition to abroad publications in Chinese language and Vietnamese, conferences, workshops and coaching packages.


The Harvard–Yenching Institute has a nine-member board of administrators, consisting of three every representing Harvard College and the United Board for Christian Larger Training in Asia, and three impartial members with vital expertise in Asia.[2] As well as, a HYI College Advisory Committee features as an off-the-cuff advisory group to the director, providing normal recommendation on institute operations and tutorial instructions. In its 80 years, the Harvard–Yenching Institute has had seven administrators, every a member of the school of Harvard College:[3]


Fellowship Packages[edit]

The Harvard–Yenching Institute has a number of fellowship packages that carry students from Asia to conduct analysis at Harvard College, to take part in particular coaching packages, or to attend graduate faculty at Harvard College in addition to different universities within the U.S. and overseas. The fellowship packages embody:[4]

  • Affiliate Program
  • Coordinate Analysis Program
  • NUS-HYI Joint Scholarship
  • Regional Research – East Asia Program
  • Coaching packages
  • Visiting Students Program
  • Visiting Fellows Program


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