The Needham Research Institute (NRI), home of the Science and Civilisation in China project, provides scholars with excellent facilities for research into the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia. Funds granted by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation make it possible for the NRI to offer a number of 13-week fellowships tenable at the Institute for US-based scholars and researchers working within the broad field of the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia. These fellowships are tenable during the academic year which runs from October 2012 to June, 2013, and preference will normally be given to scholars who wish to visit the Institute during the Cambridge University terms which run from October through December 2012, January through March and April through June, 2013.
(1) Recipients should normally be engaged in research using primary materials in East Asian languages. This is not however intended to exclude candidates who are also using western-language materials to carry out research into contacts between China and other countries. (2) Recipients must either hold an academic post in a US university, or be registered for a research degree in a US university. The fellowships will meet the costs of economy air travel to the UK, together with a grant adequate to cover living costs in Cambridge for one semester, and some support for research expenses and travel in the UK. While these fellowships are primarily intended to fund one-semester visits, under exceptional circumstances they may be held for longer periods.