China Studies Centre Research Grants

China Studies Centre Research Grants

The China Studies Centre Research Grants Program fosters academic engagement between Australia and China by funding research and mobility.

The China Studies Centre (CSC) research grants program supports CSC members to undertake research activities related to mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau and the Australian-Chinese community. Comprised of a variety of grant categories, funding ranges from $2,000-$15,000.

The 2020 funding round application deadline is 31 January 2020.


  • Applicants may submit only one application per calendar year (excluding NLA Grant and Cluster Funding).
  • Preference will be given to applications involving early-career researchers.
  • Preference will be given to applications demonstrating efforts to secure additional funding from internal and external sources.
  • Priority will be given to proposals with a genuinely multidisciplinary approach.
  • Funding cannot be expended on salary of people not employed by the University of Sydney.
  • Successful recipients must contribute to the centre through a seminar, op-ed, article or other piece of work after concluding their project. Recipients must formally acknowledge the support received from the centre in any presentations, publications or activities that arise from their supported project, as well as providing the centre with a copy of any research outputs.
  • Funding must be spent as specified within 12 months of receipt.
  • Members of the China Studies Centre Research Committee are not eligible to apply for following categories: Conference Participation, Short-term Visitor (Incoming), Short-term Visitor (Outgoing), Small Project, Publishing Support and Centre in China Conference Funding. They are, however, eligible for the NLA Grant and Cluster Funding.

For a more extensive list of category-specific conditions, please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 181.1KB)


Please complete and submit the online application form by 31 January 2020.

Supporting documents are required, please prepare according to this checklist (159.2KB).

Short-term Visitor (Incoming)


To host short-term academic visitors (domestic or international) at the University for research or teaching purposes and/or to build institutional relationships that strengthen China Studies. An indicative length of stay for visitors working on collaborative projects is one month, or long enough to make a meaningful contribution. Grants of up to $5,000 may be awarded.


Applicants will be an academic member of the CSC and hold a continuing salaried or fixed term position, which is expected to continue for 12 months after the date of the funded activity.

Use of funding

A funding contribution of up to $5,000 can be used to cover costs associated with travel and accommodation.

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 181.1KB) for further information on eligibility and requirements.