IEAS Faculty Research Grants, 2015-16

For UC Berkeley Faculty

Call for Proposals


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The Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) at UC Berkeley is pleased to announce the availability of Individual Research Grants for UC Berkeley faculty, funded by a multi-year grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Education. This program, part of the campus's "Top University Strategic Alliance" agreement with the Republic of China, is intended to promote individual research and research collaborations on important emerging themes in East Asian studies. Entitled "New Approaches to East Asian Studies: Building Intellectual Networks across the Pacific", the faculty research component of this initiative sets five broad themes for the purpose of organizing research. Accordingly, the Institute of East Asian Studies invites Berkeley faculty in all stages of their careers to submit research proposals grounded in any discipline in the humanities and social sciences (see Themes and Eligibility below). These proposals should be of East Asian content or relevance (treating topics in Japanese, Korean and/or Chinese studies, either contemporary or historical.) While collaboration with colleagues in East Asia (especially Taiwan) is encouraged, it is not required.

Awards for 2015‑16 will be in the amount of $8,000. Funds may be used for any purpose that is consistent with UC research policy, and funded activities may begin as early as May, 2015. During the grant period all awardees will be expected to make a public presentation of their research at IEAS.


Under this initiative IEAS invites proposals in any discipline that bear relevance to any of the following themes, broadly conceptualized:

  • "sustainable and urban living"
  • "nature, society and the humanities"
  • "media, public and governance"
  • "knowledge, professions and economy"
  • "borders, boundaries and networks"

Applicants should briefly indicate in their narratives how their project may fall within one or more of these five broad categories.

Guidelines for Proposals


Berkeley faculty members with regular appointments in all fields of humanities and social sciences, including those working in environmental, media, urban, legal and other studies, and in all stages of their career, are eligible to apply. While the program is intended for ladder-rank faculty, research proposals from non-senate faculty researchers and visiting faculty instructors will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Note: This is the fifth year of the TUSA faculty research program. We encourage those faculty members who have not applied for TUSA funding in the past to do so for 2015‑16, and they will receive priority. Faculty who have received three or more years of research funding in the past from this program may receive lower priority for 2015‑16.

Applications should consist of the following:

  1. Application cover page: project title and full contact information for applicant, including name, title, contact information (email, telephone, department/university postal mailing address);
  2. Abstract of the research proposal (maximum 200 words);
  3. Description of research proposal (maximum 2 pages, single spaced);
  4. A bibliographical statement that places the proposed research in intellectual context (maximum one page, single-spaced);
  5. A simple budget, with anticipated expenses itemized. Budget proposals may not exceed $15,000.
  6. Curriculum vitae not to exceed two pages.

Applications should be sent by email in one PDF or Word file to Dylan Davis, Associate Director, Institute of East Asian Studies at (; (510‑642‑2815). Questions about the program or the application procedures may also be directed to him.

Deadlines and Timeline

Applications for the 2015‑16 academic year must be received at IEAS by Friday, April 10, 2015. Awards will be announced by late April. Funds will be transferred to the faculty member's home department, to be administered locally.