Community Service Project Grant

Community Service Project Grant (Max. 1,500 USD)

Submission Deadline: November 3, 2023
Award Notification Date: within six weeks

Program Description:

The Community Service Project Grant is designed to support collaborative projects initiated by faculty or students, with the involvement of a faculty supervisor for student-led projects. This grant aims to promote community service initiatives that address real-world issues and make a positive impact on local communities. Unlike traditional service-learning projects conducted within a course setting, this grant supports independent community service projects that allow students to engage meaningfully with the community while applying their skills and knowledge to address pressing challenges.

Community service projects facilitated by this grant encourage students to actively contribute to the betterment of society by collaborating with community members, identifying solutions, and fostering positive change. Through these projects, DKU students develop essential leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills, while building meaningful connections with the community.

The grant provides funding of up to 1,500 USD to support community service projects that align with the mission of the Center for the Studies of Contemporary China (CSCC) and contribute to the overall welfare of local communities in Kunshan, the Yangtze Delta region, and beyond. Approximately 4 grants are awarded each year. The project duration should not exceed one year from the submission deadline.


  • Faculty members and students (with a faculty supervisor) are eligible to apply for the CSCC Community Service Project Grant.
  • Projects must be designed to address authentic community needs and make a positive impact.
  • Applicants must articulate how the project will contribute to the academic and personal development of the participating students.
  • Priority will be given to projects where applicants do not have existing funding support from other sources. If applicants have or are actively applying for other support, they must mention this in their proposal.
  • If the completion of the project requires more than the maximum amount that can be awarded via the CSCC Community Service Project Grant, the applicants must demonstrate that other support is available to sustain the continuation of the work over the necessary timeframe.

Application Materials:

Proposals must include the following components:

  • Project Description: A detailed description of the community service project, including the identified community issue, project objectives, and intended impact (Not to exceed two pages, single-spaced).
  • Project Plan and Timeline: An outline of the project plan and a realistic timeline for project completion (Not to exceed two pages, single-spaced).
  • Budget: A well-justified budget outlining how the grant funds will be utilized to support the project’s implementation (Not to exceed one page).
  • Current Curriculum Vitae of the faculty applicant(s) or resume of the student applicant(s) (Not to exceed three pages)
  • Faculty Support: For student-initiated projects, a letter of support from the faculty supervisor, confirming their guidance and involvement throughout the project.
  • Student Involvement: For faculty-initiated projects involving students, provide a brief statement explaining how students will be actively engaged in the project. (This component can be integrated into the project description)
  • Submit all required components as one PDF file.

Evaluation Criteria: Each proposal will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with CSCC’s Mission:
    • How well does the project align with the mission of the Center for the Studies of Contemporary China in promoting understanding and addressing contemporary China’s challenges?
  • Impact on Local Communities:
    • How well does the project address authentic community needs and contribute to positive change? (Please see attached Considerations for Ethical Community Service Projects).
    • Does the project demonstrate potential for meaningful impact on the targeted community?
  • Academic and Personal Development:
    • How will the project enhance students’ academic learning and personal development through their active involvement in community service?
  • Feasibility and Budget Justification:
    • Is the project plan well-structured and achievable within the proposed timeline and budget?
    • Does the applicant demonstrate a need for the grant funds and explain how they will be used to enhance the project’s outcomes?
  • Collaboration and Partnerships:
    • Does the project demonstrate effective collaboration between DKU and the community, fostering positive relationships and mutual support?


All poster, presentations, media products, or other means of dissemination resulting from work supported by a CSCC research grant should acknowledge funding from the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, Duke Kunshan University.

Final Project Report Requirements:

Each grant recipient is required to submit a final project report. This report should be no more than 2 pages long (single-spaced) and detail the progress and outcomes of the project within the specified time frame. The final project report must be submitted by the stated deadline and should provide a comprehensive overview of the project’s results and achievements.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: November 3, 2023

Award Notification Date: within six weeks

Final Project Report Deadline: A year from the award notification date

Fund Closing Date: A year from the award notification date

All grant proposals and inquiries should be sent to Chi Zhang, the program coordinator for the Center for the Studies of Contemporary China.

*In terms of budget adjustments, it is standard practice for the CSCC to apply the 10% rule, which means that a maximum of 10% of the total grant award can be modified for expenditures not indicated in the original budget, and a revised budget will need to be submitted to CSCC co-director, Prof. Baozhen M. Luo-Hermanson, for approval.

List of CSCC Grant for Community Service Projects

  • Helene Gu, Ricardo Vargas & Rosie Jin | Medical English Project
  • Kaley Clements & Lan Wei | Transitions & Traditions in Bacheng
  • Kim Hunter Gordon | Kunqu in the Community
  • Meifang Chen, Siyuan Wang & Yifei Luo | Resilience Capacity Building and Mental Health Promotion in Zhoushi: An Intervention and Evaluation Program
  • Wanlin Bai | Connecting Seniors to the Digital World in Kunshan, China