The purpose of the Li Ka Shing Advanced Research Program is to create unique, on-site advanced research and field-work opportunities for Arts undergraduate or graduate students to undertake research under the direct supervision of a McGill faculty member and a Shantou faculty member. Students should acquire intermediate Mandarin level. Up to six (6) students will be selected.
Benefits for the Student
- The opportunity to engage in a high level of scholarship, valuable in preparation for graduate studies.
- The opportunity to gain skills related to methods of inquiry in their discipline.
- The opportunity to receive academic mentorship from a faculty member.
Benefits for the Faculty Member
- Increased participation of keen undergraduate/gratuate students in faculty research.
- An opportunity to provide mentorship.
Students who meet the following criteria are invited to apply:
- Are registered in the current academic year and returning in fall 2020; Bachelor or Master of Arts, Arts & Science, or Social Work degree
- Have a minimum CGPA of 2.7 or greater
- Have intermediate or advanced level of Mandarin to conduct library searches and/or fieldwork.
May-June (specific date TBD)
About the program
- An intensive 4-week advanced research program at Shantou University, Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
- Research topic proposal must be submitted with application
- Selected students are obliged to register and pay for a McGill 3 credit special topics after consulting with Professor Buckley, and with program advisor(s); term and discipline to be determined
- The McGill course may be part of the student’s program or may be an elective course
- On-sight supervision will be provided by the accompanying McGill professor and by a Shantou faculty
- Extra-curricular activities as well as off-campus excursions are planned
- Program covers return airfare from Montreal/Shantou, Shantou University fees, some living expenses and excursions while in Shantou China
- Passport must be valid at least until JANUARY 2021 *
Submit a complete package which includes:
To apply, please complete The Shantou University Advanced Research Application Form (CLOSED) with the following required documents:
- Latest McGill transcript
- Recent Curriculum Vitae
- Letter of Intent
- Advanced Research Proposal
- One (1) Reference Letter – from a McGill University professor or teaching assistant; must be mailed directly from your referee to shantou.arts [at] mcgill.ca by the application deadline
Application period & deadline
JANUARY 27, 2020, 12 PM (noon) - Late applications will not be accepted.
Write to Léa Gruyelle, Administrative Assistant, Li Ka Shing Initiative, at shantou.arts [at] mcgill.ca.
*Please note that a formal acceptance of Li Ka Shing Advanced Research Program is a final decision, and under no circumstances (unless health or family-related) can a student withdraw from the program after accepting. The consequence of this would be refusal of candidature for future Faculty of Arts Li Ka Shing opportunities. Please remember, revoking a spot in one of the organizations means also revoking it from another student who might have had the opportunity to take it.
May 2019 recipients
Three McGill Arts students conducted on-site research for a McGill course with supervision provided by Professor Phil Buckley and Shantou faculty. The students also participated in weekend excursions and extracurricular activities. The students and their research topics were:
Lea Gruyelle, M.A student in Political Science: Understanding the Importance of the Anti-imperialist Discourse around One Belt, One Road
Sean Calvert, M.A student in Information Studies: Information Seeking Behavior and Needs of Chinese Students in an English Language Major
Yanqiu Chen, B.A student in Political Science and East Asian Studies: Tendencies of Permanent Migration of China’s Floating Population – A Case Study of Shantou City
“The program was well designed so that we would receive guidance quite easily from supervisors and professors……The fact that we lived on campus and met other students made it relatively easy and safe, compared to other possible field research that one might conduct later in their career, overall making it a wonderful first independent field research experience.” – Lea Gruyelle, M.A in Political Science.
May 2018 recipients
Six McGill Arts students conducted on-site research for a McGill course with supervision provided by Bill Wang or Phil Buckley, and Shantou faculty. The students also participated in weekend excursions and extracurricular activities. The students were: Brent Lin, Caroline Kearney Wesley, Yanran Valerie Li, Wei Yang, Maya Sherani Reid, Carlotta Schmidt Esposito.
May 2017 recipients
Six McGill Arts students conducted on-site research for a McGill topics course with supervision provided by Bill Wang and Shantou faculty. The students also enjoyed the weekend excursions and extracurricular activities. The students and their research topics were:
Kam Him Kevin Lau: The Causes of the two Taiwan Strait Crises Liu Hanchen: Behind the Leftover Women’s Issue
Romain Pradier: Contemporary Sino-Russian Relations
Wyn Sutuntivorakoon: The Chinese Special Economic Zones: An Analysis of the Shortcomings
of the Shantou Special Economic Zone
Yue Ying Ellen An: A Popular Philosophy That Hinders Philosophical Progress: Chinese Pragmatism in Chaoshan Culture
Zhu Wei Yu (Julia): Development of the Shantou Special Economic Zone: A Quantitative Analysis
May 2016 recipients
Five McGill Arts students had the opportunity to conduct research at Shantou University for four weeks. The students and topics were:
George Almyroudis, Bachelor of Arts: The Return of Ancient Chinese Characters
Jenny Deng, Bachelor of Arts: Chinese Law: Mediation over Adjudication
Léa Gruyelle, Bachelor of Arts: Shantou’s “Little Park”
Nhu Truong, PhD in Arts: Authoritarian Politics of Public Goods: The Motors of Regime Responsiveness to Environmental Degradation in China and Vietnam Compared
Bixiao Zhu, Bachelor of Arts: The Hukou System in China