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Are you a young scholar 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 have not yet opened. Stay tuned for the end of February (notice will go out via our newsletter and this website).

Program Overview

This AMS initiative supports four young professionals pursuing advanced research that benefits the study of U.S.-China relations through tailored writing mentorships with renowned experts in their field. Each scholar commits to writing four analytical pieces (each ~1000-3000 words) over the course of a year. They receive feedback from AMS-assigned mentors with the goal of publishing these pieces in respected policy publications or websites.

2018 Mentors

Scholars will be selected across a range of disciplines and interest areas. They will then be paired with one of the following mentors who most closely matches their interest area:

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

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

Peter Mattis

Peter Mattis
Fellow with The Jamestown Foundation, former editor of China Brief at The Jamestown Foundation, and author of Analyzing the Chinese Military: A Review Essay and Resource Guide on the People’s Liberation Army


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

  • a master’s degree or higher in a field related to China studies (this requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances)
  • studied and/or worked abroad in mainland China or Taiwan
  • proficiency in Mandarin Chinese
  • demonstrated commitment to developing a China-focused career
  • excellent writing skills
  • a high degree of personal integrity
  • a strong desire to improve his/her writing for publication

Application requirements

Interested applicants should submit a résumé, a cover letter that explains interest in and qualifications for this fellowship, a prior writing sample, an original 600-700 word article on a subject of your interest that was mentioned in the 19th Party Congress work report, and the names and emails of two references to All applicants should first register as members of AMS (sign up at

Application deadline

December 17, 2017

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