The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Harvard China Fund are pleased to continue offering emergency funding in the form of small grants up to $3000 to cover unexpected costs that have arisen due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that we cannot currently fund travel, travel-related expenses, or the hiring of research assistants. All Harvard graduate students whose primary area of research is Chinese Studies are welcome to apply. The selection process will prioritize need and preference will be shown to students who have not already received emergency funding from the Fairbank Center, the Harvard China Fund, or other Harvard sources. Recipients of Fairbank Center and Harvard China Fund emergency funding from our summer deadline are not eligible for additional funding for four months since their last award date.  

The application may be accessed and submitted through CARAT and the deadline will be rolling. Please note that you may be awarded funds only once every semester. Applications will be assessed within 10 business days of their submission. Required materials include: a brief statement of need (no more than two pages double spaced) making clear how your request is related to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the intended use for the funds, a timeline for their use, an itemized budget requesting up to $3000, and a statement from your advisor confirming your need for these emergency funds. You should apply for funding during the semester when you plan to expend the funds. Any requests for funds to be used in a different semester will not be considered or automatically deferred.

If you have any questions about this funding or your eligibility, please contact the Fairbank Center’s Program Coordinator, Nick Drake, at ndrake@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-4007.

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