Graduate Student Grants

Conference Travel Grants

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, and a limited number of grants can be awarded each year. Application Form. Please submit applications to Shirley Sun.

Desmond and Whitney Shum Fellowship

The Desmond and Whitney Shum Fellowship 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. Award decisions are made by a committee of faculty associated with the Fairbank Center.

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Fudan ICSCC Fellowship for Harvard China Studies

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. 

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Graduate Student Associates

The Fairbank Center welcomes Harvard University advanced doctoral students to be affiliated with the Center during one year of their dissertation research and writing. Approximately 10 graduate student associates will be selected each 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.

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Language Study Grants

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 apply for the Graduate Summer Language Grants for East, South and Southeast Asian Language Study, found on the GSAS

Graduate Summer Standard Application Web page.

Summer Research Grants

The Fairbank Center offers grants to support graduate student summer research during 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. Chinese studies applicants should apply to the Fairbank Center Summer Research Grants. Please submit the standard application to Jorge Espada. For further instructions, see the GSAS Graduate Summer Standard Application Web page.

Taiwan Study Grants

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies offers travel grants to support Harvard University undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows 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. Applications deadlines: August 15, November 15, and January 15. Application Form