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Jeffrey Sean Lehman Fund for Scholarly Exchange with China

Established in honor of former President Lehman's commitment to fostering Cornell's global linkages, and in particular to building partnerships with Chinese universities, the Lehman Fund supports exchanges and/or research collaborations between Cornell faculty and graduate students and their counterparts at China's major research universities. Through an annual competition, the Fund provides a small number of grants to initiate qualifying research projects, sponsor research-related conferences or workshops, host visitors from China, or support faculty travel to China to work with colleagues there on collaborative research projects. 


Lehman Fund guidelines

The East Asia Program and the Vice Provost for International Affairs welcomes applications for the annual competition of the Jeffrey Sean Lehman Fund for Scholarly Exchange with China. Established in honor of former President Lehman's commitment to fostering Cornell’s global linkages, and in particular to building research partnerships with Chinese universities, the Lehman Fund supports exchanges and/or research collaborations between Cornell faculty and graduate students with their counterparts at China's major research universities. Through an annual competition, the Fund provides a small number of grants up to $20,000 each to initiate qualifying research projects, sponsor research-related conferences or workshops, host visitors from China, or support faculty travel to China to work with colleagues there on collaborative research projects. Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Create new or complement existing research linkages between Cornell and Chinese universities;
  • Show a strong likelihood of continuing beyond the grant period;
  • Rely in part on or lead to obtaining external grant funding;
  • Would not take place without support from the Lehman Fund or the scope or quality of proposed activities would be greatly reduced without Lehman Fund resources.
  • focus on collaborative research

Eligibility

  • Permanent Cornell faculty
  • Cornell graduate students in a degree program in any discipline

Note: The Lehman Fund program does not accept proposals from previous Lehman awardees who have not turned in their final report by the deadline stated in the award letter, or proposals from recipients whose Lehman projects are still in progress.

Eligible activities may include but need not be limited to

  • Travel costs for research or meetings
  • Conferences related to collaborative research
  • Hosting visiting faculty from China at Cornell
  • Data collection
  • Publications (including translation) related to collaborative research
  • Videoconferencing

Lehman funds are not intended to support

  • Computers or any other equipment
  • Salaries for faculty or staff
  • Student stipends or tuition
  • Instructional programs (e.g. masters programs)
  • Website construction
  • Items that are not specified in the budget
  • Lehman proposals still in progress (final reports have not been submitted)

Selection process

  • A committee of faculty chaired by the Director of the East Asia Program will review proposals and determine awards and funding levels.

Deadlines and Submission Process - see below for application guidelines

  • Applications are due at the end of January and consist of an online form, a short (no more than 6 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font) narrative, brief bios of the P.I. and collaborator(s) in China, and a budget in the form provided. These application forms will be available in November prior to the submission deadline.
  • Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Awards will be announced in mid-April, with awarded projects able to begin in June.
  • Project reports are due 30 days after project completion. Failure to submit reports by the deadline stated in the award letter may result in ineligibility for securing additional Lehman Funds.

For further information contact

The East Asia Program cueap@cornell.edu; 255-6222 

Lehman Fund Application Guidelines

Applications are online at https://fundingapp.einaudi.cornell.edu - login with your Cornell netid and select "Lehman Grant" from the right-hand sidebar menu. 

[If you cannot see the "Lehman Grant" application link on the dashboard menu once you are logged in, you do not have faculty status in the system and will need a special login account to continue. Please contact us at cueap@cornell.edu

The Lehman Fund application consists of:

  • the online form, with fields for the names and titles of the project directors and the project Chinese partners, a project title. an abstract, and upload fields for the proposal document, the bios document, and the project budget spreadsheet;
  • a short (no more than 6 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font) proposal narrative in .pdf, .doc, or .docx file format; 
  • brief bios of the P.I.(s) and collaborator(s) in China in .pdf, .doc, or .docx file format; and
  • a budget in the template form - please download the blank Lehman Fund budget template (.xls) form attached below, fill out, and upload to your application.

The project proposal narrative and the bios documents should apply the following format: 

Proposal:

  • Do not exceed six pages, double-spaced, 12-point font (excluding the title page). The proposal must include:
    • Title page with
      • Title of Proposal
      • P.I.’s name, title, department, school and email address
      • Department Administrative Manager name and email address
      • Collaborator’s name, title, institutional affiliation
      • Total amount requested
    • Description of proposed activities, their significance, and the likelihood that they will foster an ongoing relationship with a partner university in China
    • Detailed timeline (including project start date, dates of proposed activities, and anticipated date of completion)
    • Plans for pursuing additional funding, if any

Bios:

  • Concise biographical statement for each principal investigator or project participant including your Chinese counterpart(s).  Should not exceed one page for each person

You may edit the online application, exchange the uploaded documents, until the deadline. After the submission deadline the application system will be closed.