Faculty Funding Opportunities

Yamaguchi Opportunity Fund

Funding Opportunity for Asia Research

Status: Applications due Friday, March 25


Through the generous support of Mr. Akira Yamaguchi, the university is able to offer modest support each fall and spring semester for faculty-research related to Asian Studies and, to a lesser extent, for curriculum development related to Asia.

Fundable activities might include: research-related travel; expenses related to scholarly publication; the cost of books and materials essential to applicants’ research, and costs related to relevant workshops or academic conferences where a paper will be presented.  Proposals for support for conference or workshop participation must include a detailed summary of the paper to be delivered.

Preference will be given to junior (full-time, but pre-tenure) faculty members, although other faculty will be considered.  More limited support may also be made available for outstanding research proposals from UM graduate students.

To maximize the number of people who receive assistance, awards will typically be limited to an average of $500 and thus will necessarily supplement other sources of funds. The maximum award will generally be limited to $1000.  Faculty may of course request less than $500 in support.

Proposals will be evaluated by a small committee of UM faculty and staff who represent diverse disciplines and have expertise in different regions of Asia.  Their recommendations will go to the Provost, who will make final decisions in consultation with the Director of the Mansfield Center. Particularly in cases in which a significant number of meritorious proposals are received, an effort will be made to balance support among the diverse regions of Asia.

To Apply:

Interested faculty and students should submit a two page proposal detailing the nature and the cost breakdown of their request and explaining the impact the support will have on their research or teaching. A letter of support from a colleague in the field familiar with the applicant's work and able to assess the merits of the proposal (or a letter of support from their principal advisor for students) must be included. All applications should be emailed to caitlin.sager@mso.umt.edu

Successful awardees are expected to provide the Mansfield Center with a summary of activities funded by the award after they are completed and, if applicable, two photos of conferences, workshops or research participated in.

Applications are due for Spring 2016 by Friday, March 25.

Past Recipients:

Dr. Robert J. Tuck
UM Assistant Professor of Japanese
Fall 2013

Dr. Tuck presented papers on the interaction of print media with Japanese poetry at three national conferences during Spring 2014 with the aid of a Yamaguchi Opportunity Fund Award.

Dr. Teresa Sobieszczyk
UM Associate Professor of Sociology
Fall 2013 and Spring 2015

Dr. Sobieszczyk presented papers on sustainable tourism and rural health care at the Rural Sociology Conference in 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Maxine Ramey and Dr. Christopher Kirkpatrick
UM School of Music
Spring 2014

Dr. Ramey and Dr. Kirkpatrick performed created research through collaboration and performance with Korean and Japanese musicians in South Korea for the "International Clarinet Festival in Concert."

Dr. Brian Dowdle
UM Assistant Professor of Japanese
Spring 2014 and Spring 2015

Dr. Dowdle purchased reprints of Japanese fiction from the 1880s and 90s and participated in summer seminars and workshops to further his research.

Dr. Jennifer Cavanaugh and Dr. Simon Hutchinson
UM Associate and Assistant Professors of Music
Spring 2015

Dr. Cavanaugh and Dr. Hutchinson gave the world premiere performance of Tiger and Dragon for oboe and electronics at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo, Japan.