Spring Funding Opportunity Available for Asian Research at UM

February 15, 2017

MISSOULA – The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana will once again offer UM faculty members and graduate students support in Asian-related research through the Yamaguchi Opportunity Fund.

The generous support of Akira Yamaguchi allows the University to offer between $500 and $1,000 each fall and spring to faculty members from all departments across campus for research and curriculum development related to Asia. Past awards have gone to faculty from a variety of disciplines, including language, journalism, economics, and theater and dance.

Supported activities include research- or program-related travel, scholarly publications, conference participation and purchase of essential research materials.

Preference is given to full-time, pre-tenure faculty members, although other faculty will be considered. Limited support also 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, as well as a letter of support from a principal adviser.

The application deadline is Friday, March 31, and awards will be announced in mid-April. Applications can be submitted to Caitlin Sager, Mansfield Center program manager, 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.

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