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:
- Lingnan University, Hong Kong (LUHK)
- Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), notably including its Lingnan (University) College (LUC)
- U.S. institutions who partner with LUHK, SYSU, LUC
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:
- Liberal learning*
- Service to society and
- Institutional advancement and international cooperation
* 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) Student learning and teaching that promotes the mastery of analysis and expression
- b) Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry
- c) The integration of academic work with experience through community service, field study and internships
- d) Student participation in research and independent study
- e) International perspectives and exchange
- f) Professional development
- g) Program and Institutional Advancement
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.