Undergraduate Student Funding

Students may submit funding requests for financial support for senior thesis research, study abroad, and group events (conferences, book clubs, lectures).  Student groups that wish to organize lectures, conferences, and other projects may also submit requests to the Center on Contemporary China.  Normally, requests are less than $3k.  Higher amounts may be considered based on the scope of the project.   However, the Center does not support language study in any capacity. The Center no longer provides funding for independent internships or independent research projects. Most projects will not be fully funded, so we highly suggest that you apply to other donors in your SAFE application.  

Guidelines and Requirements:

  • There will be two cycles per academic year.  Deadlines for proposals will be October 31 and April 1 each year, except for study abroad, which is only May 17, 2019.
  • Proposals must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the date when funding is needed;
  • All proposals must specify contemporary China-related component of the event and/or project;
  • individual students must be in good standing with the university;
  • The student or group requesting funding must be directly connected to Princeton University;
  • Advisor and Departmental Representative recommendations must be submitted; and
  • if travel is involved, the Travel Request must be approved.

To be considered, students must apply online at SAFE, here: http://www.princeton.edu/studentfunding/.  The funding office is PIIRS, undergraduate activity types include senior thesis research and group event on campus.  Please find the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China within the search results. 

Please note that the project must be primarily focused on some academic study about aspects of contemporary China.  Senior theses or group events that are, for example, primarily a cultural or artistic examination of some aspect of China, do not fit into the rubric of contemporary China study.  Projects that only tangentially relate to the study of contemporary China also do not fit into the rubric of contemporary China study. Such applications are frivolous and will not receive funding.

You must comply with post-award requirements or you will be required to return the funds.  Guidelines here: https://ccc.princeton.edu/postaward. 

Undergraduate Senior Thesis 

For senior thesis research, please follow these guidelines and instructions.  

  1. A 1-2 page summary of the proposed research project/activity.  Include here the contemporary China-related component.
  2. A description and amount of the specific component the Center is asked to fund
  3. A list and short bios of of all Princeton students involved
  4. Full Project Budget
  5. Listing of other sources of funding received or pending
  6. recommendation from student adviser and departmental representative
  7. Include any supporting documents that would support your request.

Group Events

1. Proposals must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the date when funding is needed;
2. All proposals must specify contemporary China-related component of the event and/or project;
3. Individual students must be in good standing with the university;
4. The student or group requesting funding must be directly connected to Princeton University.
5. 1-2 page summary of the proposed research project/activity.  Include here the contemporary China-related component, Listing of other sources of funding received or pending, description and amount of the specific component the Center is asked to fund, list of all Princeton students involved.
6. Full Project Budget
7. Include any supporting documents that would support your request.

Undergraduate Study Abroad

Study Abroad funding will be given based on current financial aid packages and specific financial hardship.  Please include a personal statement and backup documentation showing financial hardship in your SAFE request.