The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies supports and promotes advanced research and training in all fields of Chinese studies. The center collaborates with the Harvard University Asia Center to offer undergraduate and graduate student grants for Chinese language study and research travel.
In 2010-11 the Fairbank Center also assisted the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in providing financial aid to four doctoral students pursuing research on China in various disciplines. To support the training of new scholars, the center provides grants for graduate student conference travel and dissertation research. The generosity and foresight of many donors have made the student grants possible by establishing funds such as the Desmond and Whitney Shum Graduate Fellowship, Liang Qichao Travel Fund, Elise Fay Hawtin Travel and Research Fund, Fairbank Center Challenge Grant, Harvard Club of the Republic of China Fellowship Fund, John K. Fairbank Center Endowment, and John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Undergraduate Summer Travel Grants. Student grants in Chinese studies are also supported by contributions from Fairbank Center affiliates.