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Funding for Research
Summer Research Grants
Application Deadlines: February 2018
The Fairbank Center offers grants to support graduate student summer research in or relating to China and Taiwan. The competition is open to graduate students from all schools at Harvard at all stages of their academic careers. Grants generally will not exceed $3,000. Recipients are required to submit, upon their return, a brief report on their work over the summer. Please submit all application materials via CARAT and follow the instructions carefully.
Taiwan Study Grants
Application Deadlines: August 15, 2017; November 15, 2017; January 15, 2018
The Fairbank Center offers travel grants to support Harvard University graduate students to study in Taiwan for research at an academic institution, independent research, or attendance at academic meetings.
Preference is given to projects that study post-1949 Taiwan in the humanities and social sciences, and in some cases research on imperial China. Most grants will be limited to support for roundtrip airfare. Please apply through CARAT. Follow the instructions and upload your materials there. Please note that the January deadline is for Taiwan study during the spring semester. For summer study please apply for the Fairbank Center's Summer Research Grant.
Funding for Language Studies
Summer Language Study Grants
Application Deadline: February 2018
The Fairbank Center offers grants for students enrolled in any master’s or doctoral program at Harvard for advanced study of the languages necessary to pursue research related to Chinese studies. Please submit all application materials via CARAT and follow the instructions carefully.
Taiwan Study Grants
Application Deadline: August 15, 2017; November 15, 2017; January 15, 2018
The Fairbank Center offers travel grants to support Harvard University graduate students to study in Taiwan for advanced language training.
Most grants will be limited to support for roundtrip airfare. Eligible activities are: study at an academic institution in Taiwan, independent research, or attendance at academic meetings. Please apply through CARAT. Follow the instructions and upload your materials there. Please note that the January deadline is for Taiwan study during the spring semester. For summer study please apply for the Fairbank Center's Summer Language Grant.
Graduate Student Associates
Application Deadline: Spring 2018
The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies welcomes Harvard University advanced doctoral students to apply for affiliation with the Center during one year of their dissertation research and writing. Approximately 10 graduate student associates will be selected each academic year. Students may be from any school or department of the university, with research focus on China. Selection will be based on quality of research project, the student’s need for on-campus space, and the interests of the Fairbank Center in supporting a diverse community of scholars.
The GSAs are expected to be present at the Fairbank Center offices regularly to benefit from and contribute to the interdisciplinary research environment. GSAs meet together several times each semester to present their dissertation research to each other, gaining constructive feedback from peers. Professional development sessions, faculty presentations, or other ideas for meetings can be arranged according to the group's interests and suggestions.
The Fairbank Center provides:
• Desk space in a shared office with Internet access for one academic year
• Shared printers and other office facilities
• Computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse (to connect to your laptop)
• Up to $1,000 support for research activities upon application and approval for first year GSAs
• Use of Fairbank Center business cards and stationery for professional purposes, with approval
The Graduate Student Associate is responsible for:
• Regular use of the office space, averaging at least two days a week
• Participation in GSA meetings and presentations by fellow GSAs
• Submission of at least one post per semester (on his or her research topic and on Fairbank Center talks) for publication on the Fairbank Center’s blog
• Occasional volunteer service to the Center, such as:
-orientation support for visiting scholars
-advice for undergraduate projects
Please apply through CARAT.
Contact Nick Drake at email@example.com or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.
Funding for Taiwan
Application Deadline: August 15, 2017; November 15, 2017; January 15, 2018
The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies offers travel grants to support Harvard University graduate students to study in Taiwan for advanced language training or research. Most grants will be limited to support for roundtrip airfare.
Preference is for study of Taiwan in the period after 1949 in humanities and social science disciplines, and in some cases research on imperial China. Eligible activities are: study at an academic institution in Taiwan, independent research, or attendance at academic meetings. Please apply through CARAT. Follow the instructions and upload your materials there. Please note that the January deadline is for Taiwan study during the spring semester. For summer study please apply for the Fairbank Center's Summer Language or Research Grant.
Conference Travel Grants
Application Deadline: Rolling
The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies offers grants to support Harvard University graduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their original research on Chinese studies. The maximum grant is $500. Since funding is limited, we encourage you to apply early for both fall and spring conferences. Priority will be given to those who have not received a conference grant from the Fairbank Center.
Desmond and Whitney Shum Fellowship
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies is pleased to announce the Desmond and Whitney Shum Fellowship, which supports graduate students undertaking social science research projects in China. Harvard doctoral candidates from any school within the university specializing in a field of the social sciences are eligible, with preference given to students of government, public policy, public administration, economics, law, and sociology.
For the 2018-2019 academic year application cycle, the proposed research period should be at least four months long, and the maximum stipend that can be awarded is $20,000. The award decision will be made by a committee of faculty associated with the Fairbank Center.
Mr. Desmond Shum is the vice chairman and CEO of Airport City Development Corporation and a member of the 11th session of Beijing's Political Consultative Conference. Mr. Shum serves as a member of the standing committee of the Institute of Finance and Banking, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and is the founder of Kaifeng Foundation China. He is also an honorary trustee of Tsinghua University. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an executive MBA from a joint program of the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Ms. Whitney Duan, wife of Desmond Shum, is the founder and chairman of Kaifeng Foundation, fellow of the All-China Youth Federation, and trustee of the Tsinghua University Strategic Development Advisory Committee. She also serves as executive director of the China Youth Entrepreneur Development Association, trustee of the China Youth Social Education Foundation, and member of the editorial board for the NGO Management Study Magazine. She holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Nanjing University of Science and Technology and an Executive MBA from Tsinghua University. She is pursuing a Ph.D. at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University.
Maximum stipend: $20,000
Application deadline: March 15, 2018
Please submit all application materials via CARAT and follow the instructions carefully.
Required application documents:
• Your research proposal, approximately 2 pages double-spaced
• Budget needs for the research period in China
• A letter of support from your faculty adviser (this can be sent or delivered separately by the faculty member)
• Current transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
• A letter of acceptance from the Chinese host institution, if available
Fudan ICSCC Fellowship for Harvard China Studies
Application Deadline: May 5, 2017; December 1, 2017
In order to promote Chinese studies and Sino-US academic exchange, the International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization (ICSCC) at Fudan University has launched the Fudan ICSCC Fellowship for Harvard China Studies. This is a funded opportunity for two outstanding doctoral students from Harvard to engage in research at Fudan University for 2 to 4 months in the fall or spring, preferably not during Chinese university recesses. Due to visa limitations, it is possible that some students may only be able to stay at Fudan for under 90 days.
Eligibility: This fellowship is for Harvard Ph.D. students working on China, with a focus on the humanities (art history, literature, philosophy, religion) and humanistic social sciences (history, archaeology, and cultural anthropology), who have passed their general exams and are conducting dissertation research.
Expectations: Students should be based in Shanghai. In addition to utilizing local resources for their dissertation research, the expectation is that fellowship recipients will participate actively in the academic activities of the ICSCC. Students will be asked to give a lecture, either in Chinese or English, on their research topic during their residency. ICSCC will do its best to help facilitate visits to other locations for research or academic exchange, as needed.
Funding: The ICSCC will cover expenses for roundtrip economy airfare, local accommodations and work facilities, as well as provide a monthly stipend of RMB 3,000 (after tax). Students will need to cover other expenses, including visa fees and international emergency health insurance.
Deadline for Applications:
May 5, 2017 (for fall semester)
December 1, 2017 (for spring semester)
- Research proposal, approximately 2 pages double-spaced, in both English and Chinese
- Letter of support from faculty adviser
- Transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
- Current CV
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