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The Carolina Asia Center and Institute of Arts and Humanities at UNC Chapel Hill are delighted to announce a non-residential fellowship award for faculty at minority-serving institutions (as defined by the US Department of Education) in North Carolina working on Asia. These awards are intended to support the awardees

  • to enhance their teaching and research on Asia,
  • to increase their leadership potential on campus, and /or
  • to facilitate development as researchers and public intellectuals.

The fellowship period is for one year and includes at least four opportunities for engagement with the Carolina Asia Center and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, with the option of more frequent or extended engagement at the fellow’s discretion. The core engagements include:

    1. Meeting with the CAC and IAH to discuss and create goals for the fellowship,
    2. Meeting with the UNC librarian responsible for Asian studies to discuss resources needed and those available,
    3. Presenting their research in a public lecture at UNC, and
    4. Participating in a book publishing workshop and/or other similar workshops at the IAH.

At the conclusion of the year-long fellowship, awardees will be asked to submit a 2-page report on how their academic and professional development has evolved over the year. The CAC and IAH will also work with the fellow to support the goals of the fellowship and identify opportunities for continuing support where possible.

Fellows will receive UNC Visiting Scholar status, full library access, and invitations to CAC and IAH events throughout the fellowship year, and a stipend of $5000.

Full-time faculty members at minority-serving institutions in North Carolina who have been employed for a minimum of three years are eligible to apply. Applications comprise a CV and a one-page proposal that should explain the applicant’s work in connection to East, Southeast, or South Asia and professional development goals for the time of the fellowship. We highly encourage Chairs of faculty applicants to consider awarding one course release to a fellowship winner.

The next fellowship will run for the 2024 calendar year. Applications consist of a CV, a 1-page statement on the applicant’s research and/or teaching connected to Asia, and a 1-page statement on how the fellowship would facilitate the applicant’s professional development. Applications can be submitted via email to Dr. Kevin Fogg, Associate Director of the Carolina Asia Center, via email at For full consideration, applications are due January 10, 2024, and fellows will be announced by January 20, 2024.