Advanced Research Program at Shantou University


The focus of the Li Ka Shing Advanced Research Program to create unique, on-site advanced research and field-work opportunities for Arts undergraduate or graduate students who are already proficient in Chinese Mandarin. Up to six (6) students will be selected.



Students who meet the following criteria are invited to apply:

  • Are registered in the current academic year n a Bachelor or Master of Arts, Arts & Science, or Social Work degree
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 2.7 or greater
  • Have advanced knowledge of Mandarin to conduct library searches and/or fieldwork.

Program dates

Thursday, May 3 to Saturday, June 2, 2018, inclusive

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, Chair of East Asian Studies, and with program advisor(s); term and discipline to be determined
  • The McGill course may for 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 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 2019 *

Application process

Submit a complete package which includes:

  1. The Shantou University Advanced Research Application Form (NOW CLOSED)
  2. Latest McGill transcript – to be uploaded within application form
  3. Recent Curriculum Vitae – to be uploaded within application form
  4. * Information page of your Valid Passport – to be uploaded within application form
  5. Advanced Research Proposal – to be uploaded within the application form
  6. One (1) Reference Letter – from a McGill University professor or teaching assistant; must be mailed directly from your referee to shantou.arts [at] by the application deadline

Application period & deadline

DECEMBER 1, 2017 to JANUARY 29, 2018


Write to Des Sitaras, Administrative Assistant, Li Ka Shing Initiative, at shantou.arts [at]

Student guide

PDF icon Advanced Research Student Guide May 2018


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:

Yue Ying Ellen An: A Popular Philosophy That Hinders Philosophical Progress: Chinese Pragmatism in Chaoshan Culture

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

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