Faculty Funding Opportunities

Yamaguchi Faculty Funding

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.

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.

To Apply:

Interested faculty 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 must be included. All applications should be emailed to Randi Edwards.

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.

Status: Application period is closed.

Past Recipients

Fall 2019 Recipients

Dr. Lauren Collins
UM Davidson Honors College Postdoctoral Fellow

Lindsey Ellett
UM Graduate Student in Resource Conservation

Other Past Recipients

Dr. Michihiro Ama
UM Karashima Tsukasa Associate Professor of Japanese
Fall 2018

Dr. Brian Dowdle
UM Associate Professor of Japanese
Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, and Fall 2018

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

Dr. Yoon Hee Cho
UM Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Spring 2017, Fall 2017

Dr. Johan Eriksson
UM Assistant Professor of Music
Fall 2014

Dr. Yoonhee Jang
UM Associate Professor of Psychology
Spring 2019

Dr. Christopher Kirkpatrick and Dr. Johan Eriksson
UM Associate Professors of Music
Spring 2019

Dr. Eric Schluessel
UM Assistant Professor of History and Political Science
Spring 2017

Dr. Ranjan Shrestha
UM Assistant Professor of Economics
Spring 2016

Dr. Teresa Sobieszczyk
UM Associate Professor of Sociology
Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2017

Dr. Jingjing Sun
UM Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology
Spring 2016

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

Dr. Jennifer Thomsen
UM Assistant Professor of Park, Recreation, and Tourism Management
Spring 2016

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

Dr. G. G. Weix
UM Professor of Anthropology
Spring 2017, Fall 2018

Nadia White
UM Associate Professor of Journalism
Spring 2016