CJS Faculty Instructional/Course Development Seed Grant

Program Summary

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.

Application Procedures

Download the Faculty Associates Instructional/Course Development Seed Grant Application (MS Word document).


Yuri Fukazawa, Administrator, Center for Japanese Studies
Phone: 734.764.6307
Email: yurif@umich.edu