Funding Opportunity for Asia Research
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center invites faculty to apply for the Yamaguchi Opportunity Fund. Through the generous support of Mr. Akira Yamaguchi, the university is able to offer modest support each semester (fall and spring) 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/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/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.
Interested faculty/students should submit a 2 page proposal detailing the nature and the cost breakdown of their request. Furthermore, the proposal should also explain the impact of this support will have on their research or teaching. All faculty proposals must be accompanied by a letter of support from a colleague in the field who is familiar with their work and able to assess the merits of their proposal. Student proposals should include a letter of support from the student’s principal advisor.
Those granted support will be asked to provide a short (one paragraph) written summary of the benefit(s) they derived from their grant, with that report submitted to the Mansfield Center director. For any questions, please contact: Abraham Kim, Director, Mansfield Center, Abraham.Kim@mso.umt.edu
Due Date for Submission of Proposal: Friday, December 6, 2013
Please make all submission by email attachment to: Caitlin.Sager@mso.umt.edu
Award Announcement: mid-December
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