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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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NPFP - China


The National Parliamentary Fellowship Program (NPFP) will select up to two fellows for a foreign policy-focused research fellowship in Beijing, China expected to commence in December 2019 for a period of up to 3 months. 

The NPFP aims to identify and foster the development of a new generation of leaders, promoting investment in Australia-China relations through the networks that fellows create.  Fellows will be affiliated with research mentors at the NPFP partner Peking University, pertinent to their primary policy research interest, and will attend relevant events offered through Peking University other leading Chinese research institutes and think-tanks in Beijing, including the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China. Fellows may also have the chance to attend public policy hearings and briefings in the parliament.  

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible to apply for the program, you must:
  • be an Australian citizen;
  • have advanced Chinese language skills;
  • be a recent graduate of a postgraduate program (graduated within the last 2 years), or are currently enrolled in a postgraduate program at an Australian university, and in excellent academic standing (A-levels, graduated with distinction) at the time of the fellowship;
  • be under the age of 35 at the time of the fellowship; and
  • hold an Australian passport that has at least six months’ validity at the time the fellowship commences.
Selection will be based upon the following criteria:
  • academic history and performance;
  • relevance and importance of proposed research topic;
  • previous academic or professional experience in China;
  • demonstrated interest and previous research or professional experience in international relations, particularly vis-à-vis China, or in China's economic policy or security affairs;
  • background in international relations or policy study; and
  • personal motivation; involvement in University and community activities.

To Apply

Selection for the program is highly competitive.

To apply for the China fellowship, candidates are required to submit an online application which includes:
  • a statement of purpose including the proposed research topic;
  • resume and academic transcripts;
  • contact details for two references, with at least one of them being an academic reference, with permission to contact these references should you reach the interview round; and
  • a consent to disclosure of personal information form, so that we can release your information to relevant partner organisations and the other successful fellow, should one be selected.

Applications must be received by Monday 23 September 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, and successful candidates will be notified by of the outcome of their application by 4 October. Selected candidates will be asked to confirm their participation by Monday 14 October.  


Successful applicants will be enrolled in a six-unit postgraduate academic course at ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship.

As part of your enrolment in this course you will be required to:
  • participate in pre-departure briefings;
  • participate in regular meetings with your research mentor at PKU;
  • attend Australian High Commission functions in Beijing, as advised;
  • keep a weekly diary record of life in Beijing and the progress of the research;
  • write an online article about your research topic;
  • submit a formal report on your experience to ANU and PKU within one month of your return to Australia; and
  • submit a 3,000-word research paper on an agreed upon research topic upon return from the fellowship. 
Further details regarding the academic component and requirements of the course will be provided to successful candidates.  

Indicative assessment

  • Final research paper 60%
  • Formal report 15%
  • Feedback from PKU mentor 15%
  • Online article 10%


The fellowship will cover the cost of an economy round trip airfare between Australia and China, private accommodation in Beijing, and a monthly stipend of AUD 800. All other costs will be covered by the fellow. For non-ANU postgraduate coursework students, fees will be sponsored for enrolment in CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship

Feedback From Previous Fellows

Participants in the NPFP program report positive experiences in the following areas:
  • Enhanced networking, mentoring and research proposal development skills
  • Experience of living in-country and performing research first-hand
  • Opportunity to publish papers, present seminars and engage deeply with academic experts in their field
  • Rewarding immersion in fast-paced political environments interacting with a variety of stakeholders
2018 China Fellow Max Parasol - shared the following in relation to their NPFP experience:

"It was an honour to take part in the ANU-PKU Fellowship Program.  It is a particularly difficult time in Chinese technology policymaking due to the so-called Sino-US trade war. To be a researcher of this subject in this climate, at this juncture meant having support and having ANU help connect myself with Peking University was a great help.

Academic research requires you to really decide how committed you are to your research topic. Reading alone will never allow you to tell a nuanced story especially in cross-border research. Boots on the ground are a must.

I began marveling at China’s start up ecosystem in 2014. But by 2019 China has gone from “copy-cat” to genuine business model innovator. Yet this is complicated by the Chinese regulatory environment. Therefore no research can really take place (especially in meeting companies) without a chance to spend enough time on the ground. Especially in Beijing.


CAP Student Centre
T: +61 61253207

Mr Will Zou
Crawford School of Public Policy
T: +61 61258247

This program is currently not accepting applications.