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Faculty Research Awards for Southeast Asia

Funded by Bringing Southeast Asia Home, an initiative sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation Initiative on Southeast Asia, these funds are intended to further research on Southeast Asia. Funds are available to UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and instructors of any rank. Applicants may request up to $10,000 per award and are required to justify expenses by submitting a detailed budget. These funds are commonly used for travel, accommodations, equipment and supplies, rental space, and visa costs, but unfortunately they cannot be used for participant incentives, including direct payments and gift cards, nor to hire research assistants. If you have any questions about whether a proposed expense is allowable, please ask. If you are seeking funds for a purpose other than research, e.g. course development or conference travel, please apply instead to one of the Carolina Asia Center’s other award categories available here.

The next deadline to apply for these funds is November 3, 2023. Applications can be submitted to the CAC’s Assistant Director for Southeast Asia Initiatives, Becky Butler.

To apply for a Faculty Research Award for Southeast Asia, please submit:

  • Two-page description of the research to be undertaken. Please address how the research builds on your previous work and furthers theoretical inquiry in or on Southeast Asia.
  • CV
  • Detailed budget, justifying the requested amount
  • Timeline of the activities to be undertaken

Within two weeks of completion of activities funded by the award, you must submit a one-page report summarizing and evaluating the research activity with consideration of future directions. For awards of more than $1,000, you are also required to present the work undertaken at the next annual Southeast Asia workshop, which is held in mid-May each year. Participation at the workshop should be cost neutral for you, so if you are outside of the Chapel Hill area, either travel funds will be provided or you may attend virtually. This can be determined on a case-by-case basis with the assistance of the Assistant Director for Southeast Asian Initiatives.

Proposals for funding are welcomed from UNC-CH faculty and should be focused on one or more of the eleven countries of Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam, or Southeast Asian diaspora communities.