Harvard China Faculty Grant Program

Partnerships: Teaching and Research Across the Pacific

As a major internal funder of Harvard research related to China, the Harvard China Fund administers the Harvard China Faculty Grant Program to advance the research goals of Harvard faculty and improve the education of Harvard students, in collaboration with Chinese partners. The Harvard China Fund expanded the program to offer support for academic conferences to be held at the Harvard Center Shanghai beginning in 2013.

The Harvard China Fund will offer three categories of funding for faculty in FY22: 1) conference grants, 2) research grants, and 3) support for needs due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Proposed projects must align with Harvard University’s current travel guidance and other COVID-related policies as needed.

Since 2007, the Harvard China Fund has awarded faculty grants totaling close to $3.7 million to 57 recipients from across the University. A sampling of funded projects includes:

archaeology • cataloguing of local histories • civil society/nonprofit organizations • crisis management research/training • disability law and rights • economic growth/air pollution control • health systems reform • humanities education • insurance access • landscape and ecological urbanism • medical training • mental health stigma • moral and civic engagement • seismic hazard assessment • social injustice • village development • water purification • urbanization • philanthropy • paleontology

Every school at Harvard has multiple projects and academic partners in China. Please visit Past Awards for more details.

FY22 Call for Proposals: Conference and Research Grants

Deadline: November 17, 2021

Please submit proposals electronically to hcfchair@harvard.edu.

We welcome conference and research proposals with a focus on China in any field.

Preference for conference and research will be given to proposed projects for which funding might not be otherwise available. Proposals are judged on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence and benefit to or involvement of Harvard faculty
  • Feasibility, innovation and interdisciplinary nature
  • Organizational support (from Harvard, Chinese universities, and other relevant institutions)
  • Potential for impact in China

Conference and research proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Harvard China Fund Steering Committee (comprised of 17 scholars from 7 of the University’s schools). The principal applicant must be full-time Harvard faculty at the assistant, associate, or full professorial rank. Harvard Medical School faculty must hold one of these titles and have a primary appointment in one of HMS’s basic or social science departments. (Although faculty members at HMS-affiliated hospitals are not eligible for these grants, they are welcome to organize conferences at the Harvard Center Shanghai. Please send an inquiry to juliacai@fas.harvard.edu for more information.)

Conference Grants
Amount: $50,000

The proposed conference should ideally take place at the Harvard Center Shanghai in 2022. Please submit a written proposal including:

  • Narrative (suggested length of two pages):
  • Conference topic
  • Rationale—why is this important? What are the objectives?
  • List of target participants, including Harvard faculty and Chinese colleagues, as well as other international scholars as appropriate
  • Time frame and organization plan
  • Preliminary budget

Please note that in order to travel to Greater China currently, there are other required steps that may be very difficult and subject to change including visa restrictions, multiple COVID-19 tests and health verification, quarantine requirements upon entry, and/or few options for booking flights.  Applicants may wish to consult with Harvard Global Support Services for the most updated information and plan accordingly. In addition, grant recipients should first consult with the Harvard Center Shanghai and Harvard China Fund staff regarding booking the space and other logistics before beginning to plan for the event.

Research Grants
Amount: approximately $50,000

Please submit a one-page abstract including a list of key participants, and one-page preliminary budget. Following a review of the proposed projects, finalists will be asked to submit a formal proposal.

Please submit proposals electronically to hcfchair@harvard.edu.

FY22 Call for Proposals: Grants for disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

Deadline: Rolling through November 30, 2021

Amount: $5,000 for RA support up to 6 months; $10K for all other applications

Please submit proposals electronically to hcfchair@harvard.edu.

Besides research and conference grants, the Harvard China Fund will continue soliciting proposals from Harvard faculty to fund research assistants and other academic needs due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Preference will be given to faculty whose primary academic domains are related to China Studies. The selection process will prioritize non-tenured faculty, yet all Harvard faculty are welcome to apply.

Research Assistant (RA) Applications

Faculty may apply to hire an RA in the U.S. or abroad and must have someone in mind whom they would like to hire. For details about hiring policies and procedures, please email hcfchair@harvard.edu.

Please download the RA Employment Grant Application Form and submit completed applications to hcfchair@harvard.edu. On the application form, please provide details for the research assistant’s job responsibilities, start date, contract length, work hours, and compensation.

Small Grants for Other Academic Activities

These grants will be awarded to cover the costs for academic needs that have arisen due to COVID-related disruptions. They might include honoraria for manuscript readers, subscriptions, and other academic activities or needs. Please download the Small Grants Application Form and submit completed applications to hcfchair@harvard.edu.