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The Carolina Asia Center is proud to hold a grant for “Bringing Southeast Asia Home,” funded by the Henry Luce Foundation Initiative on Southeast Asia. This grant provides a number of funding opportunities for faculty (both from UNC-Chapel Hill and beyond). To see funding opportunities for students, please click here.

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

Two Timorese women pose in front of a UN truck on election day in 2007Faculty Research Awards for 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. Funds may be used to cover the cost of travel, accommodation, consultant fees, visas, etc.

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A colonial-era photograph of Chinese shops in Singapore, from the Rijksmuseum collectionResearch Expansion to Southeast Asia Awards 

These funds are intended to allow faculty whose research is located in a geographical domain outside of Southeast Asia to expand their work into the region or with populations associated with the region. These funds are appropriate for, for example, a historian of Europe who wants to investigate linkages with Southeast Asia at a particular period in history or a public health researcher who has worked with Latinx communities in NC and wants to extend an intervention to Southeast Asian American populations. This award is open to faculty members of any rank at any UNC system institution. Each award is in the amount of $4,000.

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A farmer on the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm in Orange County

Community-Faculty Southeast Asia Partnership Awards

These funds are meant to sponsor activities that benefit both theoretical inquiry and community needs. Applications must be submitted by a community-faculty team that features at least one community member and one faculty member of any rank at any UNC system institution. Each award is in the amount of $5,000.

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Manila Cathedral (Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception)UNC System Faculty Awards for Southeast Asian Studies

These awards are intended to further Southeast Asia focused projects conducted by faculty at any UNC system institution outside of UNC-Chapel Hill. Funds may be used for research, course development, manuscript publication subvention, community-facing projects, or any other activity that intellectually engages with Southeast Asia. Applicants may request up to $3,000.

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Illuminated page from a Javanese court manuscript, from the British LibrarySoutheast Asia Manuscript Publication Subvention Awards

These funds are intended to assist UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and instructors in publishing books and manuscripts related to Southeast Asia. The funds may be used for the author’s mandatory contribution to the cost of book and manuscript publication, such as publication subsidies, professional indexing, editorial work, digital or interactive content, image and map reproduction, color plates and photos, permissions, and cover art. To apply, the manuscript must have been formally accepted by a publisher. Applicants may request up to $6,000 per award.

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