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Funding Opportunities for CEAS Faculty


Travel Grants

The CEAS will grant funds for travel to professional conferences, meetings, and workshops, contingent on availability of funds and approval by the Advisory Committee. Generally, travel grants are limited to one per year for each applicant. If funds remain after the first round of competition, second applications may be accepted. Please click here for more information about eligibility and travel guidelines.

Application deadline: February 15th, 2022

Conference Travel Grants

The CEAS awards Conference Travel Grants (up to $400) for professional meetings or other scholarly conferences with significant East Asian content. The grant amount has increased this year from $300 since the Assoication of Asia Studies meeting will take place in Hawaii.

  • This application requires only conference and travel information.
  • Please note: Title VI funds cover only US air carriers.*

International Research Travel Grants

The CEAS awards International Research Travel Grants (up to $2,500 each) to support faculty research in East Asia. Grant amounts vary, but are limited to travel expenses, usually cover air fare (see *note above), and will not exceed $2500. 

  • This application requires a three single-spaced page document (PDF format) that includes:
    • a two-page project narrative that explains in some detail what you will be researching and how the research will contribute to future publications, and
    • a one-page travel plan that indicates where you will be and why you need to be there. 
  • You also need to fill out the online form with a rough budget that indicates your anticipated costs, and please make sure to indicate what other funding sources you have or will apply for.

Apply for Travel Grant» [Applications for 2022-23 are closed. Application for 2023-24 open December 15, 2022.]


New Course or Testing Materials Development Grants

The CEAS awards New Course or Testing Materials Development Grants (up to $2,500 each) each year to support the development of non-language courses in East Asian Studies or language proficiency testing materials for East Asian languages. The following are counted as “new courses development”:

  • creating a brand-new course on East Asia (either in-person or online),
  • turning an existing general/non-East Asian course into an East Asian course by incorporating more than 25% East Asian content, or
  • developing an online course out of an existing East Asian course that has been well-attended in person. 

Once granted, you will be asked to provide CEAS with a brief summary report to show the developed syllabus, testing materials, and implementation results. 

Application deadline: February 15th, 2022

New Course Grants

This application requires a letter (PDF format) that details the course you are planning to develop. Please indicate:

  • what the main goal of the proposed “new course development” is,
  • details about the course level (undergraduate introductory, advanced undergrad, graduate seminar, etc.), subject matter and/or topics you will cover, who are anticipated enroll numbers and student bodies (e.g., level of students, disciplinary background, what is the class format (in-person, hybrid, online, etc.), what is the timeline for the course development and the actual launching, and how this proposed course contribute to your departmental needs as well as to more generally the enhancement of East Asian course offering.
  • If possible, please provide a tentative course syllabus with a course description, objectives, and preliminary ideas such as sample readings, assignments, and weekly schedule.

Language Proficiency Testing Materials Grants

This application requires a letter (PDF format) that details the testing materials you are planning to develop. Please indicate:

  • what the main goal of the proposed testing material development is,
  • details of why the test is necessary or important, what it will measure, how it will contribute to the improvement of language instruction or pedagogy, and how it will help to measure student learning outcomes.

Apply for Development Grant» [Applications for 2022-23 are closed. Application for 2023-24 open December 15, 2022.]


Funding for these programs comes from the KU CEAS Title VI NRC Grant

East Asia Events

During Spring 2022, there will be a mix of virtual and in-person events. Please check our events page & follow us on social media @KUEastAsia for updates. 


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Apply for FLAS Scholarships!

FLAS Fellowships are available through CEAS for the study of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Tibetan, and Uyghur. Learn more at Deadline for application is December 20. Find more information here.

CEAS Faculty Travel or Development Funds Application

Applications for 2022-23 are closed. 

Applications for 2023-24 open on December 15, 2022.

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