The Center for Japanese Studies offers the following funding opportunities for faculty of the University of Michigan.
Conference Travel Support
This support will be awarded only in cases where other sources of funding are exhausted or inadequate. Applicants, if they have not already done so, are strongly encouraged to apply to Rackham, OVPR, LS&A, and their respective departments or professional schools for travel funds before applying to the Center. The funds will be provided as reimbursements of travel expenses in compliance with the University and International Institute's travel guidelines. Candidates must secure approval prior to travel.
CJS Members and Associates attending professional meetings in the United States or overseas to give papers, chair panels, act as discussants, or serve in an executive capacity.
Up to $500 per trip for domestic travel.
No limit for foreign travel.
On a rolling basis.
Instructional/Course Development Seed Grant
These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to support development of 1) courses that have significant Japan-related content or 2) courses that integrate Japan-related material in a comparative framework or as a case study. Because these grants are designed to promote innovation, whether in content, method, or technology, priority will be given to proposals for new or substantially revised courses. Interdisciplinary and team-taught courses are encouraged. Items considered appropriate for funding under this program include, but are not limited to:
- Developing digital teaching resources (e.g., PowerPoint, CTools, Google Apps for Education, etc.)
- Research assistance for compiling bibliography and developing curriculum
- Developing opportunities for student fieldwork, research, or collaborative projects as part of a course
- Subvention of workshop and conference registration fees/tuition for the purpose of pedagogical training
- No direct travel costs (airfare, lodging, per diem) can be funded under this grant program.
Full-time University of Michigan faculty, librarians, and curators who will be teaching courses in the future.
From $250 to $1,500 per course. (These funds will not cover faculty salary.)
October 15 and March 8, annually.
Download the Faculty Associates Instructional/Course Development Seed Grant Application (MS Word document).
These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to any University faculty member pursuing research on any aspect of Japan. Grants may support individual or group projects. Funds can be used to provide partial support for salaries and benefits of a principal researcher; support for research assistants (including translators and interpreters); support for travel, lodging, meals, supplies (including books directly related to the project), and omiyage up to $250. Grants do not provide funding for permanent equipment.
The Center requests acknowledgment of its sponsorship and one copy of any publication(s) resulting from research funded by this grant program. The Center also reserves the right to invite awardees to make a presentation of research findings in its future lecture series or request their contribution to other programs at the Center’s discretion and at a time convenient to awardees and the Center.
University of Michigan faculty members doing research on Japan.
From $500 to $30,000 per project.
March 8, annually.
Download the Faculty Research Grant Application (MS Word document).
Seminar & Workshop Fund
The Fund provides up to $10,000 to help support the organization of conferences seminars, workshops, and lecture series by CJS Members and Associates. Teams of two or more faculty, including a CJS Member or Associate as the principle investigator (PI), are eligible to apply (see the Eligibility section below for more details) with preference given to proposals that seek to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and the crossing of regional boundaries.
The PI will serve as the primary contact person. Funds will be disbursed by CJS to the PI’s home unit, which will have primary responsibility for hosting the event. All proposals require the signature of the key administrator of the PI’s home unit, acknowledging the unit’s involvement in hosting the proposed event.
Groups of two or more faculty are eligible to propose an event. The principle investigator should be a CJS Member or Associate. Current and former Toyota Visiting Professors may propose an event in partnership with a CJS Member/Associate.
Up to $10,000 per seminar/workshop.
November 30 and March 30, annually.
Application Review Process & Guidelines
After submission, all applicants are expected to meet with CJS staff to discuss the proposed budget and logistics of the event; changes to the proposal can be made in response to this meeting. Final proposals will be reviewed by the Executive Committee with applicants notified by the Center approximately eight weeks after the application deadline.
The guidelines are as follows:
- Groups of two or more faculty are eligible to propose an event. The principle investigator should be a CJS Member or Associate. Current and former Toyota Visiting Professors may propose an event in partnership with a CJS Member/Associate.
- Priority will be given to events that include a public component and/or a graduate-student-oriented component. These events should be open not only to UM faculty and students, but also to faculty and students from universities in the surrounding area.
- The proposed events should be multi-disciplinary.
- Events that cross regional boundaries are encouraged.
- Partnerships with other Michigan centers and programs, both those within the International Institute and without, are encouraged.
- Funds will be disbursed by CJS to the PI’s home unit which will assume responsibility for oversight of funds and for running the event.
- UM’s travel expense policy and LSA’s hosting policy will apply.
The Center for Japanese Studies also offers the following travel grant to Japan-focussed faculty and graduate students at other institutions.
Asia Library Travel Grants
The grant is to help defray the cost of travel, lodging, meals, and photo-duplication for scholars of China, Japan, and Korea at other institutions who wish to utilize the collection at the University of Michigan Asia Library.
The Asia Library is one of the most comprehensive collections of East Asian materials in North America. The collection encompasses more than 800,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials in the humanities and social sciences, particularly strong in history, philosophy, literature, and film studies. The Library also has a comprehensive coverage of electronic resources, such as electronic full text journals, e-books, and databases. For further information about the library, please visit the website.
The grants will be paid as reimbursements of expenses in compliance with the University of International Institute's travel guidelines. Candidates must secure approval prior to travel.
Scholars (faculty and advanced graduate students) of China, Japan, and Korea at other institutions.
Up to $700 per trip.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
- a letter of application,
- a brief statement to the Center describing their research and their need to use the collection (not to exceed 250 words),
- a list of sources that they would like to access (applicants must check availability of these sources in the Library's online catalog before submitting applications),
- a current curriculum vita,
- a budget, and
- proposed travel dates
The centers accept application by email through the contact information below.
More information on U-M holdings can be found on the Asia Library website or by contacting the library assistant at 734.764.0406.
The CJS Asia Library Travel Grant program is funded in part by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the US Department of Education.