Faculty Conference Grants for 2014–15

Call for Proposals

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The Institute of East Asian Studies invites Berkeley faculty members to submit conference proposals for the 2014–15 academic year. Supported by an extramural grant from Taiwan's Top University Strategic Alliance (TUSA) on the theme of "New Approaches to East Asian Studies: Building Intellectual Networks across the Pacific," IEAS will make up to five (5) awards ranging from $10,000 to $35,000. IEAS is also able to provide staff support for conferences funded by this grant.

Proposals may be on virtually any subject in East Asian studies and may address historical or contemporary topics. Proposals should fall into five very broadly conceived areas specified in the TUSA agreement: sustainable urban living; nature, society and the humanities; media, public and governance; borders, boundaries and networks; and knowledge, professions and the economy. Conferences should be held at IEAS or in Berkeley (with one exception noted below), be largely open to the public, and should include graduate student participants.

Faculty members are encouraged to submit proposals on any aspect of East Asian or Buddhist studies, and proposals must include participants from across the Pacific. While there are few restrictions on possible topics--which may focus on Korea, Japan, China or other regions of East Asia-- those proposals that include five (5) or more scholars from Taiwan and topics of interest to Taiwanese academics are particularly encouraged, and will be given priority consideration. Conferences may even be held in Taiwan. Those proposals that include no participants from Taiwanese institutions are, unfortunately, unlikely to receive funding under this program.

IEAS awards may be used either as supplementary or primary funding. In either case, applicants will be expected to raise funds from other sources that are sufficient to support an international conference or multi-day workshop. Faculty organizers will be expected to play an active role in planning and organizing the event.

Application Instructions

UC Berkeley faculty applicants should prepare a conference proposal (in a single Word or PDF file) that includes the following information:

  1. Names and contacts for the principal faculty organizer(s) at Berkeley
  2. Description of conference topic and its importance (2 pages maximum)
  3. Names of proposed participants and their affiliations
  4. Proposed dates and format of conference
  5. Detailed proposed budget and budget justification, both for IEAS and other funds
  6. Statement of staff support needs from IEAS

Award Period and Deadlines

Funded conferences should take place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. (If no IEAS staff support is required and the conference is already scheduled for an earlier date, exceptions can be made).

Proposals may be submitted at any time, and will be considered on a rolling basis by the IEAS Executive Committee at its monthly meetings.

Proposals should be emailed to Martin Backstrom, IEAS Associate Director (backstrom@berkeley.edu). Questions may also be directed to him (510-642-2815).

Additional funding for this program is expected for the 2015–16 academic year, for those planning conferences at a later date.

Awardees must file a brief final report within 90 days of the conference (including an accounting of expenses), which IEAS will transmit to the sponsor.