Graduate Programs

Faculty of Arts/Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

The University of Alberta and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences have entered into a three-year Agreement on Academic Exchanges and Cooperation to further the goals of international education and research, to foster mutual understanding in areas of professional interest, and to facilitate broader cross-cultural links among scholars of both countries. The current agreement governs the period April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020.


Both institutions will promote the exchange of scholarly visits and cooperation in relevant social sciences and humanities fields of common interest.  These fields include, but are not limited to, Anthropology, International Studies, Economics, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Law and Sociology.


Funding at each institution may be distributed to more than one individual annually, but it will not exceed in aggregate 8 weeks of funding.


Faculty, FSOs, Postdoctoral Fellows, and PhD students who have completed candidacy at the time of application are eligible, though preference will be given to tenure-stream faculty and academic administrators. Contract instructors and Faculty Lecturers are not eligible. Please note that this program is not for language acquisition.  If translation assistance is required, it is wholly up to the researcher to arrange this for themselves.


Funding for this program has come from the China Institute and CASS, and the Faculty of Arts is extremely grateful to its partners for their generous support. 


Under this program, grants to Faculty of Arts personnel will contain a stipend (against receipts and consistent with institutional travel policy) to cover the cost of airfare (economy class), airport transfers, and the required Chinese visa (passport renewal is not covered). Additionally, CASS will provide accommodation in Beijing at no cost, as well as a daily stipend for meals and local transportation for a maximum of fourteen days. Up to four grants will be awarded annually. Expenses incurred beyond the approved period will be borne wholly by the researcher.


  •  Application Deadline: 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2019; incomplete applications will not be adjudicated. 
     Applications should be submitted electronically to the Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Arts, c/o Nancie Hodgson (
  •  Disposition of Applications and Notification of CASS:  By end of June.
  •  Travel to CASS:   Must be completed by December 31, 2019.


Complete applications are adjudicated by a committee chaired by Associate Dean Research.  For more information on CASS, please visit its website.

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