Confucius Institute Overview

About the Institute

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Under the directorship of Debra Satz, Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences and Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Stanford's Confucius Institute is a research unit within the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture. Exclusively dedicated to academic research in Sinology (without a Chinese language teaching program), the Institute offers a graduate student fellowship program, sponsors academic conferences and workshops, and presents occasional events open to the public.

The Fellowship Program

To encourage research at the graduate level, each year we will award a fellowship to one to three graduate students currently enrolled in our Chinese Ph.D. program. A list of the Confucius Institute Fellows can be found here.  

History of the Institute 

Stanford’s Confucius Institute was created by a one-time irrevocable gift from Hanban to our endowment in 2010, which was matched by Stanford University. An autonomous organization managed by Stanford’s administration and faculty, the institute does not rely on an annual allocation of funds or other funds from Hanban or the Chinese government for academic activities.  

Stanford has full managerial authority of the Institute, including full control over programs, research, selection of the fellows, and employment decisions. Stanford’s Confucius Institute is focused on academic research and does not have language instructors, cultural liaisons, or administrators provided by Hanban or the Chinese government.


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Note: The EALC Department and the Stanford Confucius Institute do not offer HSK testing. Stanford University’s Language Center offers language testing and certification for Stanford University students only.