Student Grants

Term-Time Travel Grants

Applications are accepted through CARAT.

Detailed Description

Travel funds for graduate students pursuing Chinese studies who need to travel during the spring semester (not for summer travel). The proposed travel can be to Greater China or to any US or international destination necessary for advancing the research project.

Note: Students intending to travel to Taiwan for research should apply for a Taiwan Study Grant at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.

The Harvard China Fund and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies invite proposals from graduate students to travel for semester-time research during spring 2023. All Harvard graduate students whose primary research domain is related to China Studies are welcome to apply. Please note that all awardees must adhere to the University’s current COVID-19 travel requirements before, during, and after travel, as well as any applicable School or Unit policies.

Please bear in mind 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 rules 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 the 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.

Required materials include:

  • A current CV or resume
  • A detailed research proposal (approximately 750 words and no more than 3 pages double-spaced) that explains your research, planned methodology and timeline
  • A comprehensive travel itinerary including proposed dates and locations
  • A detailed itemized budget of projected expenses
  • A letter of recommendation from your academic advisor confirming the feasibility of your research and travel plans

Application deadline: November 1, 2022, for travel during the spring 2023 semester

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity or your eligibility, please contact Emmeline Liu at

Additional Instructions

You should submit confirmation of a successful visa application (if needed) and flight details as soon as you receive them. Given the uncertain nature of travel at this time, we understand that your plans may change after the submission of your proposal. If this is the case and you need to amend or withdraw your proposal, please notify Emmeline Liu ( immediately.