China Studies Funding

All funding is sponsored by the Committee on Chinese Studies, unless otherwise noted.

Chinese Studies Dissertation Fellowship

Eligibility:  University of Chicago Ph.D. candidates writing dissertations on topics related to Chinese studies.  Students must be admitted to candidacy before the start of the fellowship (Autumn Quarter).
Deadline:  April 11, 2016 by 3:00 PM
Description:  This fellowship provides funds for a year of dissertation work on a topic relating to Chinese studies.  Research for the dissertation must be completed, and priority is given to those who have a chapter or two completed.  Students who have been admitted to candidacy may apply in the spring for funding that will begin the following autumn.
Terms:  This grant provides $22,000 plus insurance and fees over the course of one academic year.  Awardees are only eligible for this fellowship once, except in the case of compelling circumstances.

Because the intent behind this fellowship is to enable students to devote their full attention and effort to completion of their dissertation, these terms do not allow students to engage in any remunerative activity, on or off campus, or to pursue course work.  The sole exception, which must be approved by the Committee, is that students may undertake a modest teaching assignment in the second half of the academic year when it is clear that teaching in the winter or spring will not delay completion of the degree.  Requests to undertake a teaching assignment must be made in writing to the Chair of the Committee on Chinese Studies.

Application Requirements:
The following should be uploaded in PDF format as part of your online application, with the exception of letters of recommendation:
> Statement of purpose discussing the work you plan to do on your dissertation during the year.  Limit two pages.
> A statement from your department indicating that you have been admitted to Ph.D. candidacy.
> Dissertation proposal.
> One complete dissertation chapter.
> Two letters of recommendation.

Please note: upon submitting the online application, the faculty members you specify will receive an email with directions to submit a letter of recommendation.  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professors regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Apply online.  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.


Chinese Studies Pre-dissertation Research Grant

Eligibility:  University of Chicago graduate students engaged in pre-dissertation research.
Deadline:  April 11, 2016 by 3:00 PM
Description:  The award takes the form of a reimbursement for up to $3,000 of  expenses and supports pre-dissertation research in Chinese Studies.  Typically, funds are used to finance summer research in the target country. The funds are intended to enable University of Chicago graduate students to lay the foundations for their research plans (for example, to survey holdings in archives, or to identify and meet with scholars and advisers with whom a student plans to work in Asia).   A student is eligible for this grant only once during his/her graduate school career. Reimbursable expenses include economy airfare, local travel, accommodations, and meals. Receipts and paperwork must be submitted within 30 days of returning from travel. No exceptions.

Application Requirements:
The following should be uploaded with your online application in PDF format, with the exception of letters of recommendation:
> A statement of how the proposed use of the grant furthers your larger research goals.
> A project budget. Please note you are required to utilize and submit a CEAS Budget Worksheet.
> One letter of recommendation.

Please note: upon submitting the online application, the faculty member you specify will receive an email with directions to submit a letter of recommendation.  This email is intended as a courtesy reminder; you should be in contact with your professor regarding a letter of recommendation prior to your submission.

Apply online. Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.
Post Award:  How to Submit a Reimbursement Request


Conference Travel Grant: Chinese Studies

Eligibility: University of Chicago graduate students traveling to present papers at conferences.
Deadline: Rolling applications each academic year, but must be submitted one month prior to conference travel.
Contact: Chair of the Chinese Studies Committee
Description: This grant provides modest support for students traveling outside the Chicago metropolitan area to present a paper on a topic relating to Chinese studies. The grant takes the form of reimbursement for up to $300 of travel-related expenses. A limited number of grants are also available for international conference travel up to $400.  Students may apply for and receive this grant more than once in an academic year.  If approved for the grant, original receipts and reimbursement paperwork requests must be submitted within 30 days of returning from travel.  No exceptions.

Apply Online.  Applications submitted by email or hardcopy are not accepted.  This application must be submitted at least a month before your planned travel.
Post Award:  How to Submit a Reimbursement Request.


China Scholarship Council (CSC) - Chinese Government Scholarship

Eligibility:  University of Chicago Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Sponsored by:  Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago
Deadline:  March 11, 2016 - two copies of application materials must be submitted to CEAS
Contact:  Walter Bourdaghs (walterb@uchicago.edu)

In order to promote the mutual understanding, cooperation and exchanges in various fields between China and other countries, the Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship programs to sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to study and conduct research in Chinese universities. China Scholarship Council (CSC), entrusted by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, is responsible for the enrollment and the administration of Chinese Government Scholarship programs. Over 270 designated Chinese universities offer a wide variety of academic programs in Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Economics, Legal Studies, Management, Education, History, Literature, Philosophy, and Fine Arts for scholarship recipients at all levels.

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) assists with the application process by first receiving application materials for all interested University of Chicago students.  Interested students should review the 2016-2017 Chinese Government Scholarship Application Guidelines and visit the China Scholarship Council website.

IMPORANT NOTE:  To be considered for the Chinese Government Scholarship, all application documents (in duplicate) must be submitted to CEAS (1155 E 60th Street, Room 310) by Friday, March 11, 2016.  CEAS will review applications and finalize University of Chicago nominations to be sent to the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China.  Please direct any questions to eastasia@uchicago.edu.


Chinese Language - Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)

Eligibility: University of Chicago Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Sponsored by: The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Chicago
Deadline: March 24, 2016 - application materials must be submitted to CEAS
Contact: Walter Bourdaghs (walterb@uchicago.edu)

Scholarships are offered to students interested in studying in Taiwan and are available for both summer study and for 3-month, 6-month, 9-month or 12-month academic year programs at an approved, university-affiliated language center in Taiwan.  The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) assists with the application process by first receiving application materials for all interested University of Chicago students.  

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) Introduction
Application Form
Terms of Agreement
List of Eligible Chinese Language Centers/Programs
Check List

IMPORTANT NOTE:  To be considered for the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, all application documents must be submitted to CEAS (1155 E 60th Street, Room 310) by Thursday, March 24, 2016.  CEAS will review applications and finalize University of Chicago nominations to be sent to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Chicago.  Scholarship applicants must also apply directly to the Chinese language center of their choice (see above list of eligible programs).  Please direct any questions to eastasia@uchicago.edu.


Ministry of Education - Taiwan Scholarship Program

Eligibility:  University of Chicago Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Sponsored by:  The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Chicago
Deadline:  March 24, 2016 – application materials must be submitted to CEAS
Contact:  Walter Bourdaghs (walterb@uchicago.edu)

The Taiwan Scholarship is offered to students who wish to enroll in a degree program in Taiwan. Scholarship applicants must apply directly to the university of their choice.  A list of eligible universities, along with complete details on the scholarship and application requirements, can be found on the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office-Education Division website.  The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) assists with the application process by first receiving application materials for all interested University of Chicago students.  

IMPORTANT NOTE:  To be considered for the Taiwan Scholarship Program, all application documents must be submitted to CEAS (1155 E 60th Street, Room 310) by Thursday, March 24, 2016.  CEAS will review applications and finalize University of Chicago nominations to be sent to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Chicago.  Please direct any questions to eastasia@uchicago.edu.