China Studies Institute

China Studies Institute

China Studies Institute

The China Studies Institute (CSI) Zhi-Xing China Academic Impact Fellowship Program allows faculty to learn from scholars, business leaders, and education administrators about Chinese civilization, history, language, business and education. 

The China Studies Institute (CSI) offers college and university faculty members with limited or without prior experience in Chinese studies to learn about China, both past and present. The institute encourages participants to develop strategies for incorporating Chinese studies into courses on their campuses. The Institute involves three weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, readings, and cultural activities related to Chinese history, culture, literature, government, business, language and education. Institute faculty will include scholars, administrators, representatives from the local Chinese community, and government officials. The three week program is held in China, and the cities change every year.

The CSI Institute and Zhi-Xing China Academic Impact Fellowships are made possible by a generous endowment from the Chinese Government. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) manages and administers the CSI Fellowship program;Chinese Education Association for International Exchanges (CEAIE) provides the academic program and facilities in China. 

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Fellowships and Program Costs

CSI Fellowships are available to cover most of the costs of the Institute for each participant. 

The Zhi-Xing China Academic Leaders Fellowship, provided for all participants, pay for most the following costs:

  • Administrative and academic expenses,
  • 3 weeks in China costs including room/board,
  • In-country domestic and ground transportation,
  • Other organized activity expenses.

CSI Fellowship funds are supplemented by a modest registration fee: $750 for participants from AASCU-member institutions. 

While attending the program, participants are housed in hotels. Additionally, because of the intensive nature of the program, families or friends cannot be accommodated and are not permitted to accompany participants.


Participants must be full-time faculty at two or four-year academic institutions with the potential to impact undergraduate education and have limited or no prior training or professional experience in Chinese studies. 

Candidate Selection Process and Timeline:

Program Information and Application forms are located on the AASCU website here: 


Sufei Li

Mangager, International Programs, AASCU