Spring Funding Opportunity Available for Asian Research at UM

February 25, 2016

MISSOULA – The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana now offers UM faculty members and graduate students support for Asian-related research through the Yamaguchi Opportunity Fund.

The generous support of Akira Yamaguchi allows the University to award between $500 and $1,000 each fall and spring to faculty from all departments and schools for Asian studies research and curriculum development related to Asia. Past awards have gone to faculty from the language, sociology and music departments. Supported activities include research-related travel, scholarly publications, conference participation and essential research materials.

Preference is given to full-time, pretenure faculty members, although other faculty will be considered. Limited support may be available for outstanding research proposals from UM graduate students.

Interested faculty and students should submit a two-page proposal detailing the nature and cost breakdown of their request and explaining the impact the support will have on their research or teaching. The proposal must include a letter from a colleague in the field who is familiar with the applicant’s work and able to assess the merits of the research and a letter of support from a principal adviser.

The application deadline is Friday, March 25, and awards will be announced mid-April. Applications can be submitted to Caitlin Sager, Mansfield Center administrative assistant, at caitlin.sager@mso.umt.edu.

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM promotes better understanding of the people and cultures of modern Asia, U.S. relations with Asia and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield (1903-2001) and his wife and life partner, Maureen Hayes Mansfield.

For more information on the Yamaguchi Opportunity fund, visit the Mansfield Center’s website at http://www.umt.edu/mansfield/default.php

Contact: Abraham Kim, UM Mansfield Center director, 406-243-2988, abraham.kim@umontana.edu.