Student Grants

Term-Time Travel Grants

Applications are accepted through CARAT.

Detailed Description

Term-Time Travel Grants are travel funds for graduate students whose primary academic domains are related to China to travel during the spring/fall semester (not for summer/winter 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.

The Harvard China Fund and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies invite proposals from graduate students to travel for semester-time research during spring/fall 2024. All Harvard graduate students whose primary research domain is related to China Studies are welcome to apply.

For assistance in planning your trip, you should consult with Harvard Global Support Services for the most updated information. The Harvard China Fund and Fairbank Center 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: July 15th, 2024, for travel during the fall 2024 semester

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

EligibilityGraduate Students

Graduate Students

All Harvard graduate students from any school, department or program whose primary research domain is related to China are eligible to apply. Before funding can be disbursed, you will need to 1) confirm that you have received a visa, if necessary and 2) comply with all requirements of the University’s graduate student travel policy.

Requires 1 recommendation

Requires budget

Requires supplemental documents

  • Resume
  • 750-word Proposal
  • Travel Itinerary

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.