WEAI seeks proposals for two new remote research grants

September 17, 2020

Call for Applications: Center & Institute Initiative to Enhance Remote Learning and Teaching, Columbia University

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute seeks proposals that expand knowledge of East,
Southeast, and Inner Asia through teaching and learning. We invite proposals that pioneer new directions in East, Southeast, and Inner Asian studies and align with our mission to foster interdisciplinary and cross-regional collaboration.

In order to apply, please complete the Application Form. Within the form, applicants should upload a brief description of the proposed activity (500-word maximum) as a PDF. The activity description should include: 

  • How the activity will fit into the course structure
  • How the proposal will achieve the aims of this Call for Proposals
  • Proposed timeline
  • If you will be receiving assistance from any department or student organization
  • Signature from course instructor (if not applicant) in support of proposal. 

Proposals will be routed to the relevant Center/Institute for review. For questions, please contact [email protected].

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Call for Applications: The Weatherhead East Asian Remote Dissertation Research Grant

The Weatherhead East Asian Remote Dissertation Research Grant for the academic year 2020-2021 is open to graduate students conducting remote dissertation research in the field of modern East, Southeast, and Inner Asian studies. The grant is for graduate students who, because of travel restrictions as a result of the ongoing pandemic and/or current geopolitical tensions, are currently unable to conduct dissertation research in person, as they normally would. The grant is intended to help such students by providing funds up to $2,000. The funds may be used to hire research assistants to visit archives, libraries and collections abroad, facilitate research collaboration, purchase subscriptions to online research and archival databases, and for other activities, as approved by the committee. 


● PhD students from across disciplines at Columbia University with a research focus on modern East, Southeast, and Inner Asia are welcome to apply. 

Application Process 

The Committee will give the highest priority to applicants who demonstrate a clear need for the funds and a practical proposal for accomplishing their research goals. 


Applications will be accepted and awarded on a rolling basis until the funds have been exhausted. As such, we encourage potential applicants to apply as soon as possible by submitting a completed Application Form and recent CV to Elizabeth Peiffer at [email protected]