Fellowships and Grants: June 30, 2014

The Taiwan Fellowship
The Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs is offering the Taiwan Fellowship to encourage experts and scholars overseas who are interested in topics related to the Republic of China (Taiwan), cross-strait relations, mainland China, the Asia Pacific, and Sinology to pursue advanced studies at Taiwan’s universities, colleges or research institutions. A scholar’s field of study should be in the social sciences and humanities, with a topic related to Taiwan, cross-strait relations, mainland China, the Asia Pacific, and Sinology. The fellowship program is open to foreign nationals who are professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, or doctoral program students at related departments at overseas of overseas universities, or are research fellows at an equivalent level in academic institutions abroad. Those who are currently conducting research, teaching, or studying in Taiwan are ineligible. The fellowship includes a ticket subsidy of one direct round-trip economy-class ticket between country of residence and Taiwan and a monthly stipend. The application deadline has been extended until July 15th. For more information and to access the online application, please visit: http://taiwanfellowship.ncl.edu.tw/eng/apply.aspx.  Applicants should first submit an online application form and then submit the following documents to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago for preliminary review: Application form; Resume (including a publication list); Research proposal (three pages in principle using standard research format); and Two letters of recommendation, or one letter of recommendation and one letter of consent from the chief administrator of their institute.

The National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland is pleased to announce that the highly respected STARTALK grant program is expanding its less commonly taught language offerings to include Korean. STARTALK provides grants to institutions to provide engaging summer language learning experiences for students (K-16) and professional development for teachers. Proposals for Korean language programs for students or for Korean teacher development programs are invited for Summer 2015.  The online proposal system will open on September 24, 2014 and the deadline to submit proposals is November 4, 2014 (https://startalk.umd.edu/proposals).  Applicants will be notified of their status in February 2015. STARTALK’s goals are to increase the quality and supply of critical language teachers throughout the nation, to stimulate increases in the number of students enrolled in the study of critical languages, and to improve the quality and effectiveness of critical language curricula.  Both student and teacher programs are centered around six research-based Principles for Effective Teaching & Learning that guide STARTALK’s programs can be found here. Between 2007 and 2013, STARTALK programs served the educational needs of over 35,600 students and the pedagogical needs of over 8,500 teachers.   Over this period, STARTALK has provided instruction in 10 different less commonly taught languages, Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.  Starting in 2015, Korean will become a STARTALK target language.  If awarded a STARTALK grant, STARTALK will work proactively with program staff to ensure an understanding of the STARTALK principles, the development of a backward-designed curriculum, and the creation of effective lesson plans.  Program staff will become part of a national network of teachers devoted sharing successes and overcoming challenges in the less commonly taught language program.  STARTALK conferences are conducted twice a year—once in the spring to provide hands-on workshops and sessions on implementing STARTALK programs, and once in the fall to debrief the summer experiences and identify ways of continuing to improve STARTALK programs. For further information, please contact startalk@nflc.umd.edu.

National Geographic is looking for the next generation of researchers, explorers, and conservationists.  Young Explorers Grants give individuals ages 18 through 25 some of their first opportunities to pursue field-based scientific research, exploration, conservation, filmmaking, and journalism. Thanks to generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, National Geographic is encouraging Young Explorers applications for projects in East and Southeast Asian countries - including applications from residents and citizens of these countries. Grants are capped at $5,000 and must cover direct field costs. Applications are considered year-round. International applicants are encouraged; however, submissions must be made in English. For details on applying for a grant, please visit our website at nationalgeographic.com/yeg

The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) announces an August 1 deadline for its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or academic work. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions outside the scholars' home countries anywhere in the world.  IIE-SRF formalizes an unwavering commitment to preserve the lives, voices, and ideas of scholars around the globe. Since IIE-SRF's founding in 2002, the program has provided academic fellowships to scholars from 50 countries, placing them at over 300 host partner institutions in 40 countries. Who can apply: Professors, researchers, and public intellectuals from any country, field, or discipline may apply. Please refer eligible candidates and forward this announcement to any academic colleagues who may be interested. Qualifying applicants are currently facing or have recently fled from direct and immediate threats. Preference is given to scholars with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their field, and who have extensive teaching or research experience at a university, college, or other institution of higher learning. Women and scholars from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Students or professionals seeking funding to pursue academic studies or training are not eligible. Information on eligibility, criteria, and the application process can be found here. For consideration in early September, please submit application materials by Friday, August 1, 2014. Please note that applications are accepted at any time and can be considered on an emergency basis.