The ideal candidate will have some background in China-Africa relations, fluency in Chinese including the ability to read Chinese, field experience, and excellent English. Admission will depend on academic excellence (high GPA, excellent GRE scores), and a convincing statement of research interests that includes China's going-out engagement in Africa, broadly defined. Quantitative skills (econometrics), Portuguese or French would be assets, but not required.
The deadline for applications is December 15. For more information, and to apply, consult the SAIS Ph.D. program website here.