Chinese research grants available to faculty

Contact: Margaret von Steinen

KALAMAZOO—Applications are now being accepted for a research and creative activities grant to support the study of Greater China by Western Michigan University faculty members.

The deadline for submitting proposals, valued at up to $3,000 each, is Friday, Feb. 7. All board-appointed, full-time faculty members are eligible to apply. One or two proposals will be funded, and the recipients will be announced in late February.

The grants are being offered by WMU's Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies. Proposals will be evaluated by the Light Center Board of Advisors.

Proposal criteria

  • Quality of proposal
  • Importance of the proposed research to the field of Chinese studies
  • Potential benefits of the proposed research to Chinese studies at WMU
  • Competence of the applicant for proposed research as indicated by academic qualifications, research experience and language skills (when applicable)

Approved uses for Light Center grants

  • Travel and subsistence costs directly related to the research
  • Compensation for research assistants required to conduct the research overseas
  • Consumable research supplies
  • Subject or participant fees
  • Other direct costs required to carry out the proposed research
  • Purchase or access fees to secondary data and library sources
  • Subvention for the publication of an academic book

Applicant salary and research hardware expenses are not eligible expenses. Funded projects must be completed in the calendar year beginning May 1 following announcement of the award, and awardees will be required to submit a two-page project report.

Comprehensive application information is available on the Light Center website or by writing to the center at