Grant Guidelines and Objectives

The Foundation has, at its core, a philosophy of responsive grantmaking. It strives to exemplify and promote relationships of mutual understanding and respect by responding to the priorities of our partner institutions in South China within the framework of shared commitments to the development of higher education. Although its primary work is making grants, the Foundation also seeks to serve as a resource in developing and facilitating contacts within the academic world between China and the United States.


The Lingnan Foundation pursues its Mission through grant-making activities that give special priority to institutions and programs with historic Lingnan affiliations. Specifically, grants submitted by:

In general, the Foundation favors programs that serve as catalysts for innovation, and are in relevant areas where funding is unusually difficult to secure.


In considering grant proposals, the Foundation judges their potential for contributing to the expansion of:

* The Foundation believes that the hallmarks of a strong liberal learning pedagogy can be found in the classical learning traditions of both China and the west. These include:

A liberal learning approach can be incorporated into all academic disciplines and professional education programs.

How to apply:

Applicants from Lingnan University, Hong Kong:

Please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs

Applicants from Sun Yat-sen University:

Please contact the Office of International Cooperation & Exchange

Applicant from U.S. institutions who partner with LUHK, SYSU, LUC

Please email the Director of Grants, Programs and Operations

Grant decisions are generally made in November with a September 15 deadline for submissions, but please inquire directly about submission timing. Proposals are accepted only from non-profit educational institutions; grants are not awarded to individuals.