Asian Research Funding Available Through Mansfield Center

October 18, 2017

MISSOULA – The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana is once again offering UM faculty members support for Asian-related research through the Yamaguchi Opportunity Fund.

Each fall and spring semester, the generous support of Akira Yamaguchi allows the University to offer between $500 and $1,000 to faculty members from all departments and schools for Asian studies research and curriculum development related to Asia.

In spring 2017, awards were given to faculty from history/political science, sociology and anthropology. 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.

Interested faculty 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.

The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 27, and awards will be announced in early December. Applications can be submitted to Caitlin Sager, Mansfield Center program coordinator, at

The 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


Contact: Caitlin Sager, UM Mansfield Center program coordinator, 406-243-2965,