Japan Studies Library Travel Grants

Overview

The Center for East Asian Studies’ Japan Studies Library Travel Grants are designed to assist scholars from outside the Chicago metropolitan area in their use of University of Chicago’s East Asian collections for research in Japan Studies. Priority consideration is given to those at institutions where there are no or few library resources in the East Asian languages, and no major East Asian library collections are available nearby.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, there will be 10 grants of $500 each, to be awarded on a merit basis to faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars engaged in research.

The grant takes the form of a reimbursement for actual travel expenses. Original receipts must be submitted along with a reimbursement form obtained from the Center for East Asian Studies.

Grant funds may be used for:

  • Travel to and from the University of Chicago library (including mileage)
  • Copies of pertinent archival resources
  • Local accommodations
  • Meals (up to $40 per day)

Application Process

The grants are open to citizens of any country. However, all travel to and from the library must be via U.S. carriers. Applications should include a letter, a brief description of the research topic, and an estimated budget.

Applications for the travel grant for the 2014-2015 academic year are now being accepted. The awards must be used before June 30, 2015.

Required Information

  • Estimate your travel expenses. Travel must originate from at least 100 miles away from the University of Chicago.
  • Include a 250-500 word description summarizing your project and detailing why the University of Chicago collections are essential to your research.
  • Include a list of specific collections or resources that you plan to consult.
  • Graduate students must ask a faculty advisor to write them a letter of recommendation. We will not consider an application complete until we receive the recommendation.

Please address any questions regarding this program to: eastasia@uchicago.edu or 773-702-8647.