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Are you a young writer trying to develop a career writing about China? The AMS Next-Generation Scholars Program is a unique opportunity to hone your writing craft and build a track record of publication while under the guidance of an expert in the field. 

Applications for 2019 are now closed. Learn more about our 2019 scholars.

Program Overview

Through tailored mentorships with renowned journalists, this AMS initiative supports four young professionals committed to a career writing about China. Each scholar commits to writing four pieces (each ~1000-3000 words). They receive feedback from AMS mentors with the goal of publishing these pieces in respected publications or websites.

2019 Mentors

Scholars will be selected across a range of disciplines and interest areas. They will then be paired with two of the following mentors with each of whom they will write two pieces for publication:

Richard McGregor

Richard McGregor
Former Washington and Beijing Bureau Chief for The Financial Times, and author of the books The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers and, most recently, Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century

Mei Fong

Mei Fong
Pulitzer Prize-winning former staff writer for The Wall St. Journal and author of the book One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment

Isaac Stone Fish
International affairs journalist, a senior fellow at the Asia Society in New York City, and the former Asia Editor at Foreign Policy Magazine

Alexa Olesen
Director of Research at China Six, lead reporter/writer of China-focused stories for The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ award-winning China Leaks and Panama Papers projects, author of Pen America’s Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship, and former correspondent for The Associated Press in Singapore and Beijing.


Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents 32 years of age or younger and have:

  • demonstrated commitment to developing a China-focused writing career
  • studied and/or worked abroad in Greater China
  • professional proficiency in Mandarin Chinese
  • excellent writing skills
  • a high degree of personal integrity
  • a strong desire to improve his/her writing for publication

Application requirements

Interested applicants should prepare a résumé, a cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for this fellowship, a relevant prior writing sample, and the names and emails of two references. In addition, please include a topic summary and work plan for the first article you propose writing in this program. Submit all materials to All applicants should first register as members of AMS (sign up at

Application deadline

June 8, 2019

This program is made possible by support from the Ford Foundation.
Ford Foundation
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