The Medical Humanities China-UK (MHCUK) Partnership: Early Career Medical Humanities Fellowships 2019/2020

Shanghai University, Fudan University, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde, University of Manchester

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: May 6, 2019

The MHCUK Partnership is a pioneering collaboration between three Chinese institutions (Shanghai University, Fudan University, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences) and two UK institutions (The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde, and the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester).  Its chief purpose is to connect, and foster co-working between, UK and Chinese researchers in the Medical Humanities.  It is supported by investment from each institution and a major funding award by the Wellcome Trust.

Invitations are now invited for the MHCUK Early Career Medical Humanities Fellowships.  They are designed for candidates who will be in the fourth year of doctoral study or in the first two years of a postdoctoral career in the academic year 2019/20.  Successful applicants will spend a year working in Shanghai across the three institutions.  Up to three Fellowships are available.

Further Particulars

  1. The Fellowship will provide the costs of one return airfare, visas, and a stipend of £12,000 to meet accommodation and living expenses.  Fellows will also have access to an additional £1,000 for research trips and/or conference attendance.
  2. An award is intended to provide successful candidates with a twelve-month period in China starting in September 2019.  During this time Fellows will be supported to:
    1. contribute to teaching activities in English (no more than five hours a week)
    2. pursue their own research agenda (anticipated activities include completing the thesis where not submitted, or preparing it for publication where doctorate has been awarded; securing a book contract for a monograph; submitting journal article(s); mapping a postdoctoral project and preparing funding applications).
    3. play an active role in the wider Medical Humanities research and training environment.
  3. The Fellows will have the opportunity to develop Chinese language skills.
  4. Accommodation will be on campus at one of the universities in Shanghai. Facilities are modern and affordable and none more than a half hour’s travel by Metro from the city’s bustling downtown.
  5. Applications are welcome from those working on any aspect of health broadly conceived from a medical humanities and/or social sciences background. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, History, Anthropology, Literary Studies, Ethics and Philosophy, Law, Sociology, Translation Studies, etc.  There is no expectation that research will be focused on China or Asia, and no preference for any particular period or place.
  6. Successful candidates should acknowledge the partnership, their host institution and the Wellcome Trust in all publications and academic activities which result from an award.


  1. Please submit an academic cv of no more than two sides of A4, a 250 word summary of research to date and a 250 word outline of proposed future research by noon (UK time) on May 6th to
  2. Interviews will take place on or around May 17th.  An induction event will take place in Glasgow on or around June 21st.  Successful candidates will take up their posts in China in September.
  3. For more on the partner institutions, click below:
    University of Strathclyde Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare
    University of Manchester Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
    Shanghai University David F. Musto Center for Drugs and National Security Studies
    Fudan University
    Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Posted: April 12, 2019