Call for Proposals: Residential Faculty Research Grants program for 2011-12

UC Berkeley‘s Institute of East Asian Studies invites applications for its Residential Faculty Research Grants program for 2011-12 for UC Berkeley and non-UC Berkeley Faculty and Scholars

Call for Proposals


The Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) at UC Berkeley is pleased to announce a faculty residential research initiative funded by a recent grant. This initiative will create a resident research community to engage in research projects concerning East Asia. Five themes, broadly defined, have been identified for the purpose of organizing research. Using these themes to set general emphasis, the IEAS invites Berkeley and non-Berkeley faculty members and scholars in all stages of their careers to submit research proposals grounded in any discipline in the humanities and social sciences (see Eligibility below). These proposals should be of East Asian content or relevance. Successful applicants will receive support to pursue independent research while in residence in Berkeley. They are expected to make at least one presentation on an individual research topic during the course of a semester and to attend discussion meetings. These meetings may be open to visiting scholars, doctoral candidates and graduate students at Berkeley. The objective of the program is to facilitate the creation of clusters of researchers who engage in conversations with each other while actively pursuing individual research. All projects funded under the program are expected to result in publications in English.

Non-Berkeley scholars who plan to be in residence at Berkeley and who seek supplements to sabbatical awards while on leave from their home institutions are also invited to apply. Award amounts, program guidelines and application procedures for non-Berkeley scholars are the same as for UC Berkeley faculty members.

Awards will range from $10,000 (for one semester) to $20,000 (for two semesters), to $25,000 (for a full year) and may be used for any purpose that is consistent with UC research policy. Funded activities may begin as early as July 1, 2011.

The IEAS envisions a resident faculty research community that will function as the center of gravity of an extended community of visiting scholars, doctoral candidates and graduate students in the advancement of new approaches to East Asian studies. The first year for the funded activities under this initiative will be 2011-2012. The initiative is expected to be continued into a second year (2012-2013) and a third year (2013-2014).


Under this initiative the IEAS invites proposals in any discipline that bear relevance to any of the following themes, either with East Asian content or relevance, 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 and non-Berkeley faculty members and scholars in all fields of humanities and social sciences, including those working in environmental, media, urban, legal and other studies, and in all stages of career are eligible to apply.

Applicants must have a regular faculty position at UC Berkeley or another university, or otherwise be established scholars at least five years out from having received the PhD. Recent PhD recipients (less than five years) who do not hold a faculty position are not eligible for this program, but should explore other post-doctoral opportunities in East Asian studies at UC Berkeley.

International scholars are also expected to be a regular member at an established research institution, and to have a home institution to return to at the conclusion of the award period. Ability to conduct research and engage in scholarly activities in fluent English is required for admission to this program. International scholars are also expected to meet all requirements to qualify for the necessary US visa (usually the J-1), such as minimum salary levels. The support provided through this program may be used to supplement funds provided by the home institution.

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) Curriculum vitae not to exceed two pages;

6) A basic budget plan (see instructions below), not to exceed one page.

Applications should be sent by postal mail or email (preferred method, in one PDF file) to

Martin Backstrom
Associate Director
Institute of East Asian Studies
2223 Fulton St., 6th floor
Berkeley, CA, 94720-2318

Questions about the program or the application procedures may also be directed to him.


Awards may be used for any standard and reasonable research expense that accords with relevant UC guidelines and policies governing research, including living stipends and salary supplements. Applicants must supply a budget statement that broadly outlines the categories and amounts of the intended use of the award.

Research travel may be included, but given the residential nature of the IEAS program, trips during the semester should be limited to no more than two weeks, or should otherwise take place during the summer months.

The maximum award for one semester is $10,000; for two semesters $20,000; with a maximum award of $25,000 for a full 12-month period.


The IEAS is currently accepting proposals for projects for 2011-2012. Those who seek affiliations in 2012-2013 will be invited to submit applications in fall 2011.

Applications for the 2011-12 academic year must be received at IEAS by Monday, April 11, 2011. Awards will be announced by late April. Funded activities may begin as early as July, 2011.

Martin Backstrom, Associate Director,
Institute of East Asian Studies,
University of California, Berkeley
2223 Fulton St., 6th floor,
Berkeley, CA, 94720-2318

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