The China Institute provides three types grants for faculty and students who plan to engage in China- / Chinese-related teaching and research activities. Grant proposals will be reviewed by the entire China Institute Steering Committee, and awards are competitive depending on the availability of funds. The grant descriptions, deadlines, and links to the grant proposal templates are below.

1. Teaching and Research Grants (TRG)

Teaching and Research Grants (TRG), typically not exceeding $500, are provided by the China Institute to allow faculty to engage in short-term research-related activities or experiment with course-related activities that enhance the teaching and learning of China and Chinese culture on campus. Funds are available only for reimbursable expenses, and may not be requested as a faculty stipend or as a payment to teaching or research assistants. Expenses must be directly related to the teaching and research of China- and Chinese-related topics. Qualified activities may include, but are not limited to, purchasing books, periodicals, software, tools, and lab equipment (except computers) for research or teaching purposes; taking research trips to archives, libraries, or museums; meeting with research collaborators; taking students on class trips; licensing software for use in the class that is not available on campus; or any other worthwhile, potentially high-impact classroom or research activities that require a budget. These grants will be awarded by the China Institute on a competitive basis. Grant recipients should spend the funds within 12 months of receiving a grant. Grant recipients may also use the funds to retroactively pay for expenses, as long as these expenses are incurred in the same fiscal year as the grant is awarded. Priority is given to applicants who have not received other grants, such as the Humanities Center's High-Impact Teaching or Research Grants, for the intended activities.

The proposal must include a short description of the project and clearly identify the anticipated outcomes that receipt of the grant would support. Examples of anticipated outcomes may include, but are not limited to, creation of a new course (or course module); further development of an existing course; publication of a journal article or book chapter; or a conference presentation, art performance, or campus-wide research talk during or immediately following the grant period. The proposal should also include the specific amount of the fund requested and how the fund will be used for completing the proposed project. The whole proposal should not exceed one page.

2. Faculty / Student Conference Travel Grants (CTG)

Conference Travel Grants, typically not exceeding $1,500 for faculty and $750 for students, are provided by the China Institute to support faculty and students who wish to travel to China- or Chinese-related conferences, workshops, and symposiums either within or outside the United States. Funds are intended to reimburse eligible travel expenses based on receipts, and may not be requested as a stipend. These grants will be awarded by the China Institute on a competitive basis. Applicants must apply first to their Department and Dean's Travel Grants or have used up their Department and Dean's Travel Grants before applying for this grant.

Proposals will be evaluated by the entire Steering Committee of the China Institute four times during each academic year according to the following schedule:

  • Decisions will be sent out on Oct. 1 for proposals received on or before Sept. 15;
  • Decisions will be sent out on Dec. 1 for proposals received on or before Nov. 15;
  • Decisions will be sent out on Feb.15 for proposals received on or before Feb. 1; and
  • Decisions will be sent out on May 1 for proposals received on or before April 15.

Grant recipients may use the funds to retroactively pay for expenses, as long as these expenses are incurred in the same fiscal year as the grant is awarded.

A student applicant must provide a letter of endorsement from a sponsoring faculty member. The letter of endorsement may be sent directly to Song Chen (song.chen@bucknell.edu) by email.

3. Faculty / Student Research Travel Grants (RTG)

Research Travel Grants, typically not exceeding $1,500 for faculty and $750 for students, are provided by the China Institute to support faculty and students who conduct China- or Chinese-related research and need to travel to research sites both within and outside the United States. Funds are intended to reimburse eligible travel expenses based on receipts, and may not be requested as a stipend. These grants will be awarded by the China Institute on a competitive basis and, for student applicants, may not be used to fund projects for which academic credit will be awarded. Priority is given to applicants who have not received other grants, such as the University's International Research Travel Grant, for the intended travel.

Proposals will be evaluated by the entire Steering Committee of the China Institute four times during the academic year according to the following schedule:

  • Decisions will be sent out on Oct. 1 for proposals received on or before Sept. 15;
  • Decisions will be sent out on Dec. 1 for proposals received on or before Nov. 15;
  • Decisions will be sent out on Feb. 15 for proposals received on or before Feb. 1; and
  • Decisions will be sent out on May 1 for proposals received on or before April 15.

Grant recipients may use the funds to retroactively pay for expenses, as long as these expenses are incurred in the same fiscal year as the grant is awarded.

A student applicant must provide a letter of endorsement from a sponsoring faculty member. The letter of endorsement may be sent directly to Song Chen (song.chen@bucknell.edu) by email.