China and Globalization

China’s emergence as a major economic power is now largely recognized, and linked to many of the benefits created by a globalizing economy. What is less clear is how China will shoulder related social, political and intellectual responsibilities that are integral to its new economic status.   The Program on China and Globalization Fund explores this central question through targeted support of some of the world’s leading thinkers focused on this most pressing and exciting inquiry of the 21st century.  Specifically, the Fund aims to deepen the intellectual collaboration between Harvard and Greater China by supporting major conferences, as well as innovative and impactful postdoctoral, fellow and student research and scholarships. 



  • Designing and Implementing a National Greenhouse-Gas Emissions-Trading System in China – Prof. Robert N. Stavins


  • Developing China's Credit System with Data – Martin Chorzempa (MPA-ID'17)
  • Scalable Education TEchnology Innovations to Bridge the Digital Divide and Improve Public School Education Efficiency in China – Jundong Wu (MPP'17)
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Reform China's Physical Education Regime at the Secondary Education Level – Jiyuan Yu (MPA-ID'17)
  • How Charity Foundations Drive Business Performance and Operational Efficiency of Grantee and Investee Projects – Shen Zheng (MPA'19/SLOAN'19)

    For past student research projects click here.


Normalization of US-China Relations
On September 4, 2014 a conference was convened to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Normalization of US-China Relations in the Great Hall of the People.  Former US President Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn Carter, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, US Ambassador to China Max Baucus, and a range of leading scholars and policymakers contributed to an insightful series of panels examining the past and present successes and challenges related to this most pivotal relationship of the 21st century. With support of the Fund, key US academics were able to join and contribute their views on the importance of continued work in strengthening trade, financial, social, philanthropic, and energy cooperation between the US and China.  

On June 20, 2014, a high level policy research meeting was also supported by the Fund that brought together several of Harvard’s leading thinkers on the crucial issue of climate change and air pollution to discuss research results and policy options with senior leaders of the State Council Research Office.  Professor Michael McElroy of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science  (SEAS) and Chris Nielsen, Director of the Harvard China Project at SEAS, joined Professor Saich and Cunningham to engage with the State Council’s senior researchers in an effort to highlight the policy conclusions of a new book completed by Nielsen and his team entitled Clearing the Air: Health and Economic Damages of Air Pollution in China. Given the political importance and timeliness of the book, the meeting was quite informative and is leading to a sustained engagement on environmental governance projects.

Future of US-China Relations
On March 25, 2014 the Ash Center and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at HKS hosted the China Public Policy Forum on the current and future state of US-China relations. The Fund supported the Forum, co-hosted again by Li Xiaolin and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and it was a rare opportunity for the academic community, policy makers, and others to discuss key topics on the future of the U.S.-China relationship in an open and productive manner. Participants took part in a number of discussions, including those focusing on the role of the U.S. and China in shaping the future global architecture, trade and financial relationships – including an overview of differing regulator regimes and global trade frictions between Washington and Beijing, and the energy and environmental challenges confronting both nations. 

Postdoctoral Fellowships
The Fund has also been instrumental in supporting the work of postdoctoral fellows addressing critical challenges to China’s continued growth and stability.

Research Fellowships
The Fund also support the work of research fellows whose interests cover topics on international, regional, and China local issues.

  • Yufei Chen
  • Yousong Deng
  • Zhihua Fan
  • Pu Gong
  • Ruoyun Hua
  • Jietang Tian
  • Jason Tseng

Degree Scholarships

Scholarships for degree programs at HKS are currently not being offered for the 2017-18 academic year. For past scholarship recipients click here.