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 pandemic. Previous 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 or 617-495-4007, or Emmeline Liu at