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Emergency Funding for Disruptions Caused by COVID-19

Application Deadline: Rolling until August 31, 2021

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Harvard China Fund are pleased to announce the final round of 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. This funding source will be phased out on August 31, 2021 and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until that date. Students may now also apply to this source to fund emergency travel needs in light of Harvard’s recent email and new travel guidance stating that fully vaccinated students (at least two weeks after the last dose of any FDA-authorized vaccines or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the WHO) may now travel domestically within the US and to CDC rated Level 1 or Level 2 countries (at the time of travel), provided they comply with all student pre-departure requirements. Please note that we still cannot fund the hiring of research assistants.  

All Harvard graduate students whose primary research topic is related to China Studies are welcome to apply. The selection process will prioritize students who effectively demonstrate their emergency need for this funding and its direct relation to disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemicPrevious recipients of Fairbank Center and Harvard China Fund emergency funding may apply for this award from now until the program is phased out on August 31, 2021.   

The application may be accessed and submitted through CARAT and the deadline will be rolling. 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 need-based, an emergency, and 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. If the request involves travel, you will be required to attest that you are fully vaccinated and send confirmation that you have obtained a visa (if needed) and any other required travel documents, depending on your destination, before funding can be disbursed. Any non-emergency travel requests should instead be submitted to our new Travel Funding Initiative. 

If you have any questions about this funding or your eligibility, please contact Nick Drake, at ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email or 617-495-4007, or Emmeline Liu at emmeline_liu@fas.harvard.educreate new email.  

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Harvard China Fund Travel Funding Initiative

Application Deadline: October 15, 2021; January 15, 2022

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Fund are piloting new travel funding source for the 2021-2022 academic year to fund graduate students up to $10,000 to travel to conduct research. This funding source has been created in response to Harvard’s new travel guidance effective May 15 stating that fully vaccinated students (at least two weeks after the last dose of any FDA-authorized vaccines or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the WHO) may now travel domestically within the US and to CDC rated Level 1 or Level 2 countries (at the time of travel), provided they comply with all student pre-departure requirements and formally attest to their vaccination status. If a student is not fully vaccinated, they will need to petition the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and receive permission to travel. Please note that the University requirements for unvaccinated travel may be different than those for vaccinated students. All Harvard graduate students whose primary research topic is related to China Studies are welcome to apply. 

Applications must be submitted through CARAT. Required materials include: a current CV or resume; a detailed research proposal (no more than five pages double spaced) making clear what your research is and the planned methodology; a detailed travel itinerary including proposed dates and locations; the intended use for the funds, a timeline for their use; a detailed and itemized budget of up to $10,000; a statement of support from your advisor confirming the feasibility of your research and travel plans. Before funding can be disbursed, you will be required to attest that you are fully vaccinated or that you have successfully petitioned the University for an exceptionconfirm that you have received a visa (if needed), submit any other required travel documents, and comply with all other University pre-departure requirements. 

Please note that there are other required steps that may be very difficult and subject to change in order to travel to Greater China including possibly multiple COVID-19 tests and health verification, quarantine requirements upon entry, and/or few options for booking flights. It is your responsibility to ensure that you remain up to date on the latest policy changes that may impact your travel to your research destination. For assistance in planning your trip, you should consult with Harvard Global Support Services for the most updated information. The Fairbank Center and Harvard China Fund cannot help you obtain the appropriate visa, health documentation and/or airline tickets. 

Any emergency travel requests not related to research should instead be submitted to our Emergency Funding program  

The Fairbank Center and Harvard China Fund will have deadlines for late fall/winter and spring travel on October 15 and January 15 respectively. 

If you have any questions about this funding or your eligibility, please contact Nick Drake, at ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email or 617-495-4007, or Emmeline Liu at emmeline_liu@fas.harvard.educreate new email. 

Funding for Research

Summer Research Grants

In light of Harvard’s recent email and new travel guidance stating that fully vaccinated undergraduate and graduate students (at least two weeks after the last dose of any FDA-authorized vaccines or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the WHO) may now travel domestically within the US and to CDC rated Level 1 or Level 2 countries (at the time of travel), the Fairbank Center will be considering petitions to amend already awarded proposals for summer funding. If you would like to petition to revise your proposal to include travel, please submit a petition, along with a new proposal and budget in a Word document to Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email. The Fairbank Center will consider petitions on a rolling basis until Friday, May 21.

Petitions to revise summer funding proposals must include a plan for securing a visa (if necessary) and specific details regarding the intended travel itinerary including roundtrip flights and the testing/quarantine procedures required. Additionally, please note that you must formally attest to Harvard University that you are fully vaccinated at the time of travel.

While the Fairbank Center cannot guarantee any increase in funding beyond that already awarded, we will consider the need for appropriate additional costs due to changes in travel plans. Please note that even if you are not requesting additional funding, you must petition the Fairbank Center and any co-funding entities to make any changes to your currently approved project. Finally, if you plan to travel, you must comply with all student pre-departure requirements before you may travel.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2021

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 the completion of their grant, a brief report on their work over the summer. Please submit all application materials via CARAT and follow the instructions carefully.

Please note that we cannot currently fund travel, travel-related expenses, or the hiring of research assistants. All proposals should adhere to current University health and safety guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic, proposals need not take place outside of the US and can be for fully remote programs.

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Please apply to all funding sources that could cover your request and note on your application that you have done so. This will not hurt your chances of being selected for this grant, but it will increase your chances of being co-funded.

Taiwan Study Grants

Application Deadlines: July 1; October 1; December 1

The Fairbank Center offers grants to support Harvard University graduate students to study in Taiwan for research at an academic institution, independent research, or attendance at academic meetings. Please note that we cannot currently fund travel, travel-related expenses, or the hiring of research assistants. Eligible activities are: study at an academic institution in Taiwan, independent research, or attendance at academic meetings. All proposals should adhere to current University health and safety guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preference is given to projects that study post-1949 Taiwan in the humanities and social sciences, and in some cases research on imperial China. 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.

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Funding for Language Studies

Summer Language Study Grants

In light of Harvard’s recent email and new travel guidance stating that fully vaccinated undergraduate and graduate students (at least two weeks after the last dose of any FDA-authorized vaccines or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the WHO) may now travel domestically within the US and to CDC rated Level 1 or Level 2 countries (at the time of travel), the Fairbank Center will be considering petitions to amend already awarded proposals for summer funding. If you would like to petition to revise your proposal to include travel, please submit a petition, along with a new proposal and budget in a Word document to Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email. The Fairbank Center will consider petitions on a rolling basis until Friday, May 21.

Petitions to revise summer funding proposals must include a plan for securing a visa (if necessary) and specific details regarding the intended travel itinerary including roundtrip flights and the testing/quarantine procedures required. Additionally, please note that you must formally attest to Harvard University that you are fully vaccinated at the time of travel.

While the Fairbank Center cannot guarantee any increase in funding beyond that already awarded, we will consider the need for appropriate additional costs due to changes in travel plans. Please note that even if you are not requesting additional funding, you must petition the Fairbank Center and any co-funding entities to make any changes to your currently approved project. Finally, if you plan to travel, you must comply with all student pre-departure requirements before you may travel.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2021

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.

Please note that we cannot currently fund travel, travel-related expenses, or the hiring of research assistants. All proposals should adhere to current University health and safety guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic, proposals need not take place outside of the US and can be for fully remote programs.

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Please apply to all funding sources that could cover your request and note on your application that you have done so. This will not hurt your chances of being selected for this grant, but it will increase your chances of being co-funded.

Taiwan Study Grants

Application Deadlines: July 1; October 1; December 1

The Fairbank Center offers grants to support Harvard University graduate students to study in Taiwan for advanced language training. Please note that we cannot currently fund travel, travel-related expenses, or the hiring of research assistants. All proposals should adhere to current University health and safety guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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Graduate Student Associates

Application Deadline: April 16, 2021

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
-translation assistance
-events support

Please apply through CARAT.

Meet our current GSAs

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Contact Nick Drake at ndrake@fas.harvard.educreate new email or 617-495-4007 if you have any questions regarding the application.

Funding for Taiwan

Application Deadlines: July 1; October 1; December 1

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies offers grants to support Harvard University graduate students to study in Taiwan for advanced language training or research. All proposals should adhere to current University travel, health, and safety guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic as detailed here. We currently cannot fund the hiring of research assistants.

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 December deadline is for Taiwan study during the spring semester. For summer study please apply for the Fairbank Center's Summer Language or Research Grant.

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Conference Attendance Grants

Application Deadline: Rolling

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies offers grants to support Harvard University graduate students to participated in professional conferences to present their original research on Chinese studies. All proposals should adhere to current University travel, health and safety guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic as detailed here. 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.

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Desmond and Whitney Shum Fellowship

Application Deadline: March 26, 2021

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.

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.

Fellowship Details:
Maximum stipend: $20,000

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

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Fudan ICSCC Fellowship for Harvard China Studies

Application Deadline: Due to logistical constraints, Fudan is unable to host this program for the 2019-20 academic year.

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 1 (for fall semester)
December 1 (for spring semester)

Required Materials:

  • 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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Support for Student Groups and Organizations

Throughout the academic year, student organizations, groups, and individuals organizing workshops, conferences, exchanges and special events may apply to the Fairbank Center for funding. The Asia-related Centers pool resources, depending on the content and regions covered, to support student group activities.

In recent years, the Fairbank Center has supported the following Harvard student organizations:

Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum
Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference
Harvard College in Asia Program
Harvard Graduate Conference on the History of Capitalism
Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History
Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations
Harvard Taiwan Leadership Conference

Please apply through the Fairbank Application for Student Organization Grantsopens PDF file .

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