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Advanced Research Program at Shantou University

Mission

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.

Details

We are currently planning for the Advanced Research Program to take place in summer 2023 Shantou University, Shantou, China.

Details for summer 2023 will be posted on this website at the beginning of December 2022.

Please note: Many countries continue to have border restrictions and entry requirements in place for international travelers in order to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its variants.

  • Countries can lift or implement travel bans or quarantine measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 at short notice and this may impact planned travels.

Questions? Contact us at shantou.arts [at] mcgill.ca

Eligibility

Students who meet the following criteria are invited to apply:

  • Open to full time Faculty of Arts students in good standing
  •  Minimum CGPA 2.7
  • Must be returning to McGill in the same academic program, following the program
  • Have intermediate or advanced level of Mandarin to conduct library searches and/or field work.

Program dates

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 2024 *

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

Applications are currently closed. 

Details for summer 2023 will be posted on this website at the beginning of November 2022.

Questions?

Write to 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. 

 

Recipients

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

Lea Gruyelle was presenting her research to Shantou professors and students.

“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

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