Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship



Professor Chung-wen Shih received her PhD in English Literature at Duke University and was a Post-doctoral Fellow in East Asian Studies at Harvard University. She was Assistant Professor of Chinese at Stanford University before joining the faculty at The George Washington University in 1971, where she was Chairman of the Department of East Asian Language and Literature for over 20 years. She published numerous books and produced several film documentaries on China’s modern writers and the Tang culture. She has been a benefactor of the University for many years.

In 2014 Professor Shih established an endowed scholarship under the GW Confucius Institute. The scholarship is intended for GW students to reflect Dr. Shih’s interest in promoting cultural exchange between the East and the West. The recipient(s) of the scholarship are to be current or future George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences medical students who have demonstrated an interest in integrating traditional Chinese medical practices (such as acupuncture) with Western Medicine.



Selected participant(s) will receive up to $15,000 applied to international scholarly opportunities for academic year 2019-2020.


Recipient Expectations

Award recipients are required to submit:

  • A paper describing the scholar’s project, experience, and any results and implications for the project
  • A presentation to the Confucius Institute, which may include faculty, students, and the selection committee



  • Undergraduate students at the George Washington University who have accepted admission to GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ MD Program through the early selection process and students participating in the BA/MD program.
  • Currently matriculated medical students at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


How to Apply

Eligible applicants should submit the following materials for review by the committee:

  • Resume
  • Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate as applicable)
  • Personal statement describing your interest in East-West cultural exchange, experiences in Eastern culture, evidence of interest in integrating Chinese medical practices into Western Medicine, and any relevant travel or academic studies supporting these experiences or interests. (maximum of 4 pages, double spaced)
  • Proposal with a detailed description of your project that includes objectives and intent of the experience, as well as its content, structure, learning objectives, and time line
  • Budget indicating how you intend to use the funding throughout the project
  • Letter of support from your project mentor – to include his/her intent to provide guidance and support through the duration of the project
  • At least two letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member at the George Washington University.
  • Letter confirming that you authorize the Chung-Wen Shih Scholarship Committee to review GW Financial Aid Account information; this email should include your Name and GW ID number.
  • Medical students must provide a Letter of Support from your Career Advisory Dean or Student Affairs Dean.


Dates & Deadlines

Scholarship Announcement: Monday, September 16, 2019

Deadline for Applications: Friday, November 1, 2019

Decisions Announced After: Sunday, December 1, 2019


Selection Process and Criteria

The selection committee will be convened by the GW Confucius Institute and will include representatives from the Institute, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Applications will be reviewed and scored based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Quality and organization of the proposed project (i.e. potential to achieve goals and objectives).
  • Educational value of proposed project
  • Relevance of project to the mission of the Confucius Institute and to students’ long-term goals
  • Quality of the infrastructure and support by the mentor/host organization.
  • Potential for Success – will take into account factors such as interpersonal skills, professionalism and leadership.



Questions and Completed Application Materials should be submitted to:

Genevieve McKenna
Program Manager
Office of International Medicine Programs
2600 Virginia Ave. NW, Suite 308
Washington, DC 20037
Email: [email protected]