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Faculty Grants

We invite applications from faculty (including T/TT and professional-track) outside the Department of Asian Studies who are interested in integrating more East Asian content into their curriculum and research projects. Any UT Austin faculty (outside of Asian Studies) planning or working on new research and/or teaching on East Asia are invited to apply for support under this program. Eligible expenditures are subject to university rules but can include: travel to the region(s), attending/presenting at relevant conferences/workshops, and/or expenses for relevant research/teaching materials.

The total maximum annual award for any one faculty member is $3,000 maximum and $500 minimum. Please note that the overall amount of funding available through this program is contingent on allocations from the individual area endowments of the Department of Asian Studies and from the general CEAS budget and will vary yearly. Applications should demonstrate the use and exhaustion of other available sources of funding (for example, departmental research monies, Faculty Travel GrantsTexas Language Center Grants, and personal research accounts, if any) for full consideration. CEAS support is generally meant to supplement, and not replace, other sources of funding. 

To apply, please send 1) a short (2-page maximum) project description or abstract that demonstrates how this project furthers the research and/or teaching of East-Asia; 2) a short CV (3-5 pages maximum that highlights EA-related publications and/or courses taught at UT or elsewhere for the last three years); and 3) a project budget that additionally shows your exhaustion of other funding sources electronically in a single email to  by the application deadline. Applications are due by March 15 for activities taking place in the following summer or next academic year.

Applications will be judged by a subcommittee within the CEAS Executive Committee on criteria that include merit, efficient use of funds, demonstrated commitment to research/teaching about East Asia, and relevance to East Asian Studies. Depending on the type of award received, at the end of your project, we will request some form of “give-back” to the CEAS community (i.e. a brief presentation or write-up of your project to post on our website or present to our students and faculty, etc.); details to be specified in the terms of your award letter. Payment of this award will be made on a reimbursement basis only, and awards may be subject to “state money” limitations with respect to their allowable uses and maximums. Faculty applying to this program in order to present at a conference or workshop may do so before their paper is accepted, but final confirmation of the award will be contingent on such acceptance.


Recent CEAS Faculty Grant awardees and their projects include:

  • Xiaobo Lü, Associate Professor in Government, for his study on party building and fiscal extraction by the CCP and the KMT during the 1921-1949 period. 
  • PJ Raval, award-winning filmmaker and Associate Professor in the Dept. of Radio-Television-Film (RTF), for his new documentary film project set in the Philippines.
  • Professor Xiaofen Hamilton, Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction, for her study of Fitness Self-testing and Fitness Behavioral Changes Among Chinese College Students. 
  • Mikiya Koyagi, Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, for his book project “From Tokyo to Mecca: Reimagining Asia.