The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Fund are piloting new travel funding source for the 2021-2022 academic year to fund graduate students up to $10,000 to travel to conduct research. This funding source has been created in response to Harvard’s new travel guidance effective May 15 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 and formally attest to their vaccination status. If a student is not fully vaccinated, they will need to petition the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and receive permission to travel. Please note that the University requirements for unvaccinated travel may be different than those for vaccinated students. All Harvard graduate students whose primary research topic is related to China Studies are welcome to apply. 

During the pilot period, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 15, 2021. These applications should cover travel on or before October 15 and cannot include the hiring of research assistants. Applications must be submitted through CARAT and will be assessed within 10 business days of their submission. Required materials include: a current CV or resume; a detailed research proposal (no more than five pages double spaced) making clear what your research is and the planned methodology; a detailed travel itinerary including proposed dates and locations; the intended use for the funds, a timeline for their use; a detailed and itemized budget of up to $10,000; a statement of support from your advisor confirming the feasibility of your research and travel plans. Before funding can be disbursed, you will be required to attest that you are fully vaccinated or that you have successfully petitioned the University for an exceptionconfirm that you have received a visa (if needed), submit any other required travel documents, and comply with all other University pre-departure requirements. 

Please note 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 requirements 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 your 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. 

Any emergency travel requests not related to research should instead be submitted to our Emergency Funding program  

The Fairbank Center and Harvard China Fund plan to have non-rolling deadlines for late fall/winter and spring travel on October 15 and January 15 respectively. 

If you have any questions about this funding or your eligibility, please contact Nick Drake, at or 617-495-4007, or Emmeline Liu at