Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 28, 2023

The Professor Qiguang Zhao Endowed Fellowship Fund for Summer Study in China was established in 2015 by Litao Zhang in honor of her husband, Qiguang Zhao. Professor Zhao, the Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese, served Carleton for 28 years, launching the Chinese language program and leading scores of students to China on off-campus studies programs. Qiguang was a favorite professor of many students, teaching a popular spring course on the “Taoist Way of Health and Longevity,” which included leading Tai Chi on the Bald Spot. He was the author of several books and many articles in both Chinese and English, but was especially proud of his Do Nothing and Do Everything book, which applied the principles of Taoism to modern life. Professor Zhao passed away unexpectedly in March of 2015. 

Students supported by this fund will have the opportunity to study Chinese language, culture, and humanities, subjects that Qiguang loved. 


To provide financial support to low and middle income students participating in an off-campus program in China or related to Chinese language during summer break. Due to ongoing travel restrictions to China in 2023, consideration will be given to Chinese language, culture, and humanities programs offered virtually or in-person, but not in China (e.g. Middlebury Language Schools, Beloit Summer Language Program, CET virtual language programs or similar). Funds may be requested to cover travel expenses, tuition and fees for programs of formal study, and living expenses while in participating in the program. For 2023, the award will be up to $8000, depending on program cost.


  • Students in any major are eligible to apply.
  • First-years, sophomores, and juniors can apply.
  • Study must focus on languages, culture, and humanities. Programs of study in the sciences, sociology, economics, or political science will NOT be considered.
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing.

Application process

Applications may be submitted as a single PDF to or as a hard copy to the OCS office, Leighton 119.

Additional Support

The Office of Student Fellowships funding may be available to support additional expenses. Students may contact Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, for more information.