Visiting Scholars Program

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CIUM) invites applications from Chinese scholars to visit the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, as CIUM Visiting Scholars for up to12 months. Eligible Chinese scholars include faculty holding appointments at Chinese universities and researchers/artists at professional institutions, who seek to conduct research on topics related to China during their residency in Ann Arbor. CIUM provides CIUM Visiting Scholars with access to the U-M academic community and its renowned library system, and promotes their educational, intellectual, and artistic contributions to both the university and the larger Ann Arbor community. CIUM will also provide successful applicants with help in securing visas and affiliations with appropriate UM departments. CIUM will not provide financial support including travel and living expenses, nor does it offer dedicated offices for the scholars.


The applicants must secure grant money or a combination of grant and personal money from China, and identify a host-mentor among U-M faculty before applying for the CIUM Visiting Scholar position. The applicants must have earned PhD or other comparable terminal graduate or professional degrees (i.e., JD, MD, MFA), and hold faculty or other permanent research positions at accredited universities, colleges, or research institutions.

Terms of residence: 6 to 12 months

Application materials:

Please send your application and supporting documents to Jiyoung Lee (

  1. A cover letter, addressed to CIUM.
  2. Curriculum vitae in English: Please include home and business addresses, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address, date and place of birth, and a complete list of publications and professional activities.
  3. Detailed proposal in English describing the research that will be undertaken while in residence at the University of Michigan and who your faculty advisor(s) will be at U-M. The proposal cannot be more than ten pages in length.

Minimum financial support requirements:

Visiting scholar (no dependents) $2,250 per month ($27,000/year)

Visiting scholar + 1 dependent $3,175 per month ($38,100/year)

Visiting scholar + 2 dependents $3,700 per month ($44,400/year)

Mandatory Health Insurance:

Every visiting scholar and all accompanying dependents must have health insurance coverage that meets the standards of the University of Michigan. Health insurance coverage is coordinated through the U-M International Center.

International Center Health Insurance Rate:

Visiting Scholar only: $125.25

Visiting Scholar : 1 dependent: $245.00

Visiting Scholar : 2 or more dependents $364.75

Scholarly Responsibilities:

CIUM Visiting Scholars are expected to participate actively in CIUM events and engage with the University of Michigan’s intellectual community.

Application Deadline:

Applicants are advised to submit their applications at least 6 months prior to their research starting date. Applications are reviewed twice a year; the deadline for fall applications is March 1 of the year; for winter applications, it is June 1.

Visiting Scholars at CIUM

Associate Professor, Department of Voice and Opera
Research Project: A comparative study of dance program curricula in the U.S. and China
Home University: China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China
Associate Professor, Department of Musicology
Research Project: The court and ritual music in the Song Dynasty ( 960-1279 )
Home University: Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China
Professor of Musicology; Dean of the Library
Research Project: Textual Research on Remains of Guchui Systemic Songs in Song Dynasty
Home University: Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Wuhan, China
Associate Professor, Department of Music
Research Project: Chinese guqin music in global contexts
Home University: Art College of Henan Univeristy, Henan, China
Associate Professor, Department of Music
Research Project: Four Japanese Music Masterpieces and Chinese-Japanese Music Exchange during the Tang and Song Dynasties
Home University: Xianyang Normal University, Xianyang City, China