Bodde received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1930. He spent six years (1931-1937) studying in China on a fellowship. He earned a doctorate in Chinese Studies from the University of Leiden in 1938. When the Fulbright scholarship program was initiated in 1948, Bodde was the first American recipient of a one-year fellowship, which he spent studying in Beijing.
- William P. Alford: current Harvard University scholar of Chinese law
- Jerome A. Cohen: current New York University scholar (emeritus) of Chinese law
- List of Sinologists
- Association for Asian Studies (AAS), 1985 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies; retrieved 2011-05-31
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- University of Chicago, Early China: Obituary - Derk Bodde
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