Professor Qiguang Zhao Fellowship for Summer Study in China

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. 


The Award Cycle for 2020 has been cancelled due to uncertainty around travel to China this summer. Please check back in the fall of 2020 for 2021 application materials. Thank you for your understanding.


To provide financial support to low and middle income students participating in an off-campus program in China during summer break. Consideration will be given to students studying Chinese language, culture, and humanities. Funds may be requested to cover travel expenses, tuition and fees for programs of formal study, and living expenses while in China. For 2020, the award will be $5000.


  • 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 hard copy to the OCS office, Leighton 119 or as a single PDF to

Application Deadline: Canceled for 2020