Wellesley-Yenching Fellowship at the National Palace Museum in Taipei (rising seniors & alumnae)

The Elisabeth Luce Moore '24 Wellesley-Yenching Graduate Fellowship at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan

Campus Application Deadline: January 18, 2022.  

*Note that the availability of fellowships from year to year varies, according to whether or not a current Fellow opts to extend the placement for a second year, and that this is not confirmed until the second half of January. Interested applicants should plan ahead to meet the application deadline regardless.



This one-year, full-time position is available to Wellesley College graduates* thanks to a long-standing arrangement between the college and the National Palace Museum (NPM).  In 1999, Wellesley received a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation which in part was used to endow and expand this fellowship.  The grant was made to honor Elisabeth Luce Moore '24, in celebration of her 75th reunion year.  Beth Moore was born in China and was a strong supporter of the college's ties to Asia.  It is fitting that the relationship of mutual admiration and respect between our college and the Museum is now closely associated with the Wellesley-Yenching Program, which honors the relationship between Wellesley and academic institutions in China that dates back to the early 1900’s.

The NPM is a very highly regarded institution with one of the world's great collections of Chinese art.  Work at the Museum can be an ideal transition between Wellesley and whatever future direction one pursues.  Recent fellows agree that it is an excellent opportunity to study Chinese culture in addition to Chinese art.

More information about the National Palace Museum is available via its website: [www.npm.gov.tw]

*Please note that, due to visa restrictions, this fellowship is not open to Chinese citizens (but Career Education staff would be very glad to talk over other options for Chinese citizens).


Fellowship Description

Each fellow’s responsibilities and job description will be determined, to some extent, according to the Museum’s current staffing requirements as well as the fellow’s personal background, interests and skills.  

Approximately one-half of the Fellow's work will be with the NPM Secretariat where the Fellow will write, translate, and revise English documents for various departments and can expect to be regarded as the resident English expert. The Fellow's main responsibility will be to translate correspondence destined for a reader abroad. This means that the position mainly entails translating Chinese to English. Depending on their Mandarin level, Fellows may be asked to translate documents from English to Chinese.  In addition to letter writing, the translator will be asked to help edit the Museum's various English publications including the information signs within the exhibitions, newsletters, and online materials.

The other half of the Fellow's work will very likely be with the Exhibition Department for which the Fellow will undergo docent training and may be expected to conduct gallery tours. In addition, the Fellow will aid related departments in translating gallery materials, audio guides, and other exhibition materials. On occasion, the fellow may be asked to assist in special events outside of work hours, such as gallery openings, international conferences and press conferences.

The Fellow must typically arrive in Taipei by August 15th so that there will be a period of overlap between the incoming and outgoing Fellows in order to insure a smooth transition.

A Fellow’s term may be extended for a second year by mutual agreement between the Museum, the Fellow, and Wellesley.  Brief monthly reports must be sent by email or made via video chat to Kate Dailinger, updating her on your status, both professionally and personally. A more comprehensive interim report is due in December and a final report in June. Upon completion of the fellowship, the Fellow and the Fellow's supervisor(s) will prepare comprehensive written evaluations for the Museum’s and Wellesley’s records.


Salary and other conditions of employment

The Fellow works a five-day week and is entitled to public holidays.  Wellesley will provide her with round-trip airfare to Taipei, an annual stipend of $7,500, and reimbursement of fees for visa and work papers. Wellesley will also provide for the cost of lodging for the duration of the year, which should be arranged in advance by the previous Fellow. In addition, Fellows receive a monthly salary from the Museum. The Museum provides health insurance coverage for the duration of the Fellow’s employment term, however monthly deductions will be taken from salary to pay for this health insurance.


Selection Criteria

Selection criteria include, but are not limited to: proficiency in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese; an active interest in Chinese art, history and culture, or museum-related work; excellent English language skills; personal qualities such as maturity and flexibility.    


Application Information

To apply, before the application deadline submit via the Google form here:

  • a statement of interest (2-3 page, double-spaced essay describing your reasons for applying and strengths as a candidate),
  • a resume,
  • an unofficial copy of your Wellesley transcript/grade report (and also copies of any other applicable college/university transcripts, e.g. from a study abroad or transfer institution), and
  • a writing sample (a short paper or thesis chapter that reflects your best academic work), along with
  • a Wellesley Fellowships office signature document (please print, sign & date this form, then submit a scanned pdf or other image of the signed document along with your application materials).  

Also: request two letters of reference (one attesting to your academic strengths and another from a member of the Chinese Department certifying your skill in Mandarin Chinese). Please give your recommenders this link to allow them to submit their letters; should they have any difficulty with the online form, please ask them to email their letters to fellowships@wellesley.edu


Interested Wellesley applicants are very welcome to schedule a Fellowships appointment via Handshake. Appointments are available year-round, via telephone and video chat, as well as in person. Cannot find an available appointment? Drop by Fellowships Pop-Up Advising: no appointment required. See our Events listings for details of in-person and virtual pop-ups. 

Email fellowships@wellesley.edu or call Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347.