Faculty & Student Opportunities

The Confucius Institute offers opportunities to AUM faculty/staff members, graduate students, and undergraduates. 

Established in 2012 as part of an international network of nearly 500 Confucius Institutes worldwide, the AUM Confucius Institute is a collaborative effort of AUM, Hubei University of Economics, and the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (aka Hanban). AUM CI is dedicated to promoting the teaching of Chinese language and culture in AUM and local communities, facilitating a mutual understanding and exchange between the Chinese and Americans, and fostering a better understanding of contemporary China. Our primary goal is to encourage more people in Alabama to study Chinese language, gain a fuller understanding of contemporary China, and appreciation for Chinese history and culture, through workshops, lectures, festivals, study tours, language classes, and cultural programs. AUM CI not only promotes the teaching of Chinese language and culture, but also serves as a bridge between China and the U.S., as well as their people. We hope that the AUM CI will be the China studies and services center.

AUMCI is dedicated to contributing to the AUM community. In addition to the strong support from the offices of the Chancellor and the Provost, the opportunities listed below are available thanks to the “Confucius New China Study Plan” of CI Headquarters, and the strong support from our partner university, Hubei University of Economics in Wuhan. We are happy to disseminate this information to our colleagues at AUM. If you feel that any of these services could benefit you in your research and teaching, please do not hesitate to contact me. Let us work together to enhance the academic status and teaching activities, international exchange activities of AUM in the field of China Studies, as well as campus student cultural activities, and to better serve our faculty/staff, students, and our community.
 

Opportunities for AUM Faculty/Staff Members

1) Sponsor or co-sponsor China-related academic conferences, symposiums, workshops, and art productions to be held in Montgomery. Successful applications will receive awards of grant to conduct the conference with AUM CI. This is an annual funding opportunity. All AUM faculty members are encouraged to apply. The application is DUE by the last week of each October.

2) Sponsor the “Confucius Institute Distinguished Lecture Series” which brings leading scholars in all areas of China Studies from around the world to AUM to share the results of their original studies. All lectures are free and open to members of the university community and the general public. AUM faculty members are invited and encouraged to nominate excellent candidates.

3) Support AUM faculty members to attend international conferences and artistic activities that are China-related. To apply, please submit a copy of your CV, invitation or acceptance letter from the organizer(s), and abstract/outline of the presentation.

4) Support faculty members to conduct research in China through the “Understanding China” visiting scholar program of the “Confucius New China Study Plan,” developed by the Confucius Institute Headquarters. This program sponsors faculty members to undertake research projects in China for a period of 2 weeks to 10 months. Successful applicants will be awarded lodging and living stipend, library stipend, in-China health and accident insurance, conference fund, and round-trip international transportation. Faculty members who are Chinese citizens are not qualified to apply. 

5) Support (non-Chinese citizen) scholars to publish or translate China-related academic works. This publication funding opportunity is also through the “Confucius New China Study Plan.” To apply, please submit sample chapter(s), reference letters from two scholars in relevant areas, and a publication contract or letter of intent from countries other than China.
 

Opportunities for AUM Undergraduate and Graduate Students

1) Confucius Institute scholarship program. Provides financial aid for students, scholars, and Chinese language teachers worldwide to pursue a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) in Chinese universities, or to study in such majors as Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy, Chinese Arts, etc. for one semester or one academic year.

This scholarship program applies only to non-Chinese citizens. The scholarship package includes free tuition, free on-campus accommodation, a resettlement subsidy, monthly allowance, and medical insurance. 

2) Summer study program at our partner Hubei University of Economics, Wuhan. AUM will work with AUM’s Chinese and East Asia Studies in the School of Liberal Arts to teach Chinese Language. AUM students who take credit-bearing Chinese language classes will have the opportunity to participate in this two to three weeks summer study program. Participants only pay for their airfare, passport, visaapplication fees, and travel insurance. Accommodations, meals, domestic travel, and fees in China are covered by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. Certain language requirements apply.

3) Short-term study programs in China.  Facilitate applications for the “Young Leaders Program” of the “Confucius New China Study Plan.” The program sponsors senior undergraduates or M.A. students to study in China for a period of 2 weeks to 6 months. For programs 2, 5, and 6 associated with “Confucius New China Study Plan,” successful applicants will receive free tuition, lodging and living stipend, library stipend, in-China health insurance, conference fund, and round-trip international transportation.

4) Ph.D. scholarship at a Chinese university. Applicants should achieve an HSK (Chinese Language Proficiency Test) test score of level 5 or higher. The scholarship package includes free tuition, lodging and living stipend, in-China health insurance, and round-trip international transportation.

5) Facilitate applications for graduates who are interested in a Sino-foreign Joint Ph.D. Program. The program is a part of the “Confucius New China Study Plan,” established by the Confucius Institute Headquarters. It sponsors Ph.D. students from a foreign university to pursue one or two years of studies in a Chinese university. Students who successfully complete the program will receive their Ph. D degree either from the foreign university or from both Chinese and foreign universities simultaneously. Applicants should have a HSK test score of level 3 or higher. 

6) Facilitate applications for the “Ph.D. in China program.” This is also a part of the “Confucius New China Study Plan.” It sponsors foreign students to pursue a Ph.D. degree at a Chinese university.