Graduate Study in Chinese Philosophy

The following pages contain advice on pursuing a Ph.D. and an academic career in Chinese philosophy. Some of this advice is general, some is specifically for students from English-speaking countries, and some is for students from Greater China.

These remarks were posted in 2009 and reflect the state of the field at that time. Keep in mind that this discussion represents one person’s opinion and add salt accordingly. (Update, 2016: I've now omitted several sections that have become outdated.)

I also suggest you consider the various opinions expressed in the links here.

If you want to skip the lengthy discussion and jump straight to my main recommendations, go here.

Please note that all the comments here were written in early 2009 and may become dated.

For well-prepared candidates with a very strong academic track record, my own institution, the University of Hong Kong (HKU), may be a beneficial environment in which to pursue graduate study in Chinese thought. Scholarship funding is available but admission for funded places is extremely competitive. Typically only three or four graduate scholarships are available per year across all areas of philosophy. The most effective way to secure funding is to win a competitive Hong Kong PhD Fellowship. Self-funded study is also possible in some cases. Potential applicants are welcome to email me for more information.