The Harvard China Fund is 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 highly prioritize non-tenured faculty. Please submit completed applications to



Application Deadline: Rolling through June 15, 2021 (New round starting early July)

The maximum award to hire each research assistant is 5,000 USD for up to 6 months. Faculty applying to hire an RA must have someone in mind whom they would like to hire.

All RAs based in mainland China will be hired and paid by the Harvard Center Shanghai (HCS) and as such must have Chinese citizenship. The RA will be supervised by the faculty member. The faculty member is responsible for notifying the Harvard China Fund staff based in HCS one month in advance of how much the RA is getting paid in the upcoming month. The RAs will need to sign a Service Agreement with HCS before the first day of work.

The RAs located in other countries or areas will need to be officially hired by the faculty’s respective departments following local or Harvard University HR policies and guidelines.

Please note all RAs should obey local laws and regulations.

On the application form, please provide details for the research assistant’s job responsibilities, start date, contract length, work hours, and compensation. The HCS may request further information or negotiate specific details before the grant disbursement on account of potential complications in the multinational hiring process. Please download the RA Employment Grant Application Form and submit completed applications to



Application Deadline: Rolling through June 15, 2021 (New round starting early July)

These small grants with the maximum amount of $10,000 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 (For grants to fund book workshops or conferences, please consult the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies website to learn more.)