Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, China

The CASS exchange is well-suited for social science faculty from CAS, Questrom, COM, and others interested in scholarly exchange with China, with academic pursuits and research in the humanities and social science that will benefit from the resources available at CASS.

Number of Participants

Up to two BU faculty per year, from May to May.

Length of Stay

Two to four weeks at CASS, with occasional exceptions.


BU will cover the cost of round-trip standard coach airfare to Beijing plus a small per diem allowance for meals and subsidy for local travel. The allowance will not cover all the expenses of a one-month stay in Beijing. CASS provides lodging (typically a hotel). The accommodations are modest. Costs associated with traveling companions will not be covered and are the responsibility of the scholar.


Chinese language skills are not required. CASS can provide assistance in securing the services of a translator if needed, but the costs associated with such services are the responsibility of the scholar.


  • A proposal (maximum of two pages) that describes a project(s) which:
    • can be accomplished within the available time;
    • will benefit from the particular resources available at CASS;
    • will benefit from the opportunity to work with students and scholars at one or more of the various institutes that constitute the Academy. Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and contact specific individuals at the Academy with whom they intend to collaborate, in advance of submitting an application.
  • Details pertaining to other sources or potential sources of funding (travel grants etc.)
  • Proposed timetable/dates and an indication of flexibility regarding dates
  • A curriculum vitae of no more than four pages
  • A brief indication of Chinese and other relevant language ability

Application Deadline

Applications are due by the second Friday in December each year for travel to commence no earlier than mid-May of the following year. Emailed electronic submissions are preferred. Decisions are subject to approval by CASS, which will issue final decisions by February 15 or shortly thereafter. Apply to:

Willis Wang, Vice President and Associate Provost for Global Programs
888 Commonwealth Avenue, Mezzanine
Boston, MA 0225


Participating faculty will be asked to submit a brief report summarizing their work at CASS. Such feedback is useful for maintaining a productive collaboration with BU’s partner institution, and for improving the faculty experience.

Sample list CASS Institutes