Faculty can apply to receive support for research clusters, course development grants, research grants, conference grants and travel grants.

Research Clusters

APSI annually provides up to $3,000 in funding for research clusters that promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural inquiry and collaboration among East and Southeast Asian studies faculty and students at Duke University and other Triangle area universities.

Each proposal requires three signers, at least two of whom must be APSI core faculty members. A faculty member may co-sign up to 2 proposals.

A report of the cluster’s activities, including a budget summary, is due from the recipient faculty by the end of the academic year.

Research clusters supported by APSI for the 2022-2023 academic year are:

  • Translating Asia Research Cluster 
  • Asian Digital Media Research Cluster 
  • East Asian Language Pedagogy Research Cluster
  • East Asian Religions Research Cluster

Course Development

Annual course development grants of up to $3,000 are usually due in October. For AY 2022-23, priority consideration will be given to proposals submitted by October 15th.

Priority for funding will be given to:

  1. Graduate courses that serve the MA program in East Asian Studies, especially those that provide methodological training and consider overarching theoretical issues in a specific field or discipline.   
  2. Undergraduate courses at the 100-200 level that cover East Asia broadly and can serve as a Gateway course for the Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies; and upper-level undergraduate courses that cover East Asia broadly and can serve as a Capstone course for the Certificate.

View application requirements.

Research Grants

Grants of up to $4,000 are given to support research beginning in the summer and concluding by June 30 of the following year. Calls for proposals are typically sent out in the spring. Priority will be given to:

  • Junior faculty or those with low/no alternate funding sources
  • Faculty needing to travel to conduct research in East or Southeast Asia
  • Faculty who have not recently received APSI funding
  • Faculty who have done conspicuous service for APSI

Read research grant guidelines.

Conference Hosting Grants

APSI provides seed funding of up to $8,000 each year for a conference. Applications are typically due in October. Each proposal should include:

  • A 3-page description including the rationale for the conference
  • List of potential participants
  • Plans, if any, for publishing the proceedings
  • Budget estimate

Presentation Travel Grants

Faculty needing assistance to cover travel expenses for presenting on East or Southeast Asian topics at conferences and professional meetings may apply for up to $700 from APSI.

Priority is given to APSI core faculty, faculty who have not recently received travel support from APSI, and junior faculty members

View application requirements and guidelines.