Eligibility:  University of Chicago Ph.D. candidates completing dissertations on topics related to Chinese studies. Students should be advanced graduate students in Chinese studies who have finished coursework and passed comprehensive exams, but have yet to complete and defend the doctoral dissertation. ABD students must demonstrate substantive progress in completion of dissertation chapters.

Description:  This prize provides a $5,000 stipend to be utilized for dissertation writing, including to support further travel for dissertation-related research and to help release any financial barrier a student may have to completing his/her/their dissertation.

Terms:  A student is eligible for this prize only once during his/her/their graduate school career.

The Philip A. Kuhn Dissertation Prize in Chinese Studies is made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Kei-on Chan (AM ’67, Ph.D. ’74) in honor of Dr. Philip A. Kuhn, and in recognition of his dedicated efforts to unearth and share deep histories of modern China as a professor at the University of Chicago from 1963 to 1978, and beyond. As a pioneer of social history in the field of Chinese history, Dr. Kuhn’s many notable achievements were achieved by perilous research and relentless pursuit of inquiry. It is with this spirit and his impact on so many, that the prize is named in his honor.

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