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Research grants

Supporting multidisciplinary research into China

The China Studies Centre grants scheme supports engagement through funding research and mobility.

The China Studies Centre administers a small research grants scheme to support the research activities of the centre’s members. Academic members who hold salaried, continuing positions, or otherwise qualify for funding as specified below, may apply for up to $15,000 to support activities related to or in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

Please note that there is only one round of grants in 2019.

Conditions

  • Preference will be given to applications from, or involving, early-career researchers.
  • Preference will be given to applications which demonstrate that efforts have been made to secure funding from additional internal and external sources.
  • Funding cannot be expended on the salary of persons not employed by the University of Sydney.
  • Priority will be given to genuinely multidisciplinary research proposals.
  • Successful recipients must contribute to the centre through a seminar, op-ed, article or other piece of work after concluding their project. Recipients must formally acknowledge the support received from the centre in any presentations, publications or activities that arise from their supported project, as well as providing the centre with one copy of such research outputs.
  • Funding must be used appropriately within 12 months of receipt.

For detailed information, please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 157.1KB)

The applications for 2019 research grants closed on 30 April 2019.

 

Categories of grants

Eligibility

Conference participation grants are available to qualified centre academic members to present at an academic conference in Australia or internationally, provided the member is either presenting on a China-related topic or presenting on any topic at an academic conference based in greater China.

Use of funding

The aim of the funding is to support the mobility of academic members within their domestic and global academic community.

Funding is limited to costs associated with attendance at the conference, including travel, conference fees, accommodation and a small allowance for meals (up to AUD$50 per day).

Requirements

Recipients need to demonstrate that they identify as members of the centre at the international and/or domestic conferences they attend. 

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 157.1KB) for detailed eligibility and conditions information.

Eligibility

Short‐term visitor (incoming) facilitation grants are intended to cover some of the costs associated with hosting an academic from another institution (domestic or international) with the view to building institutional relationships that strengthen the study of China.

Links with the preferred partners as outlined in the University’s policies in relation to its engagement with China are welcome, but not mandatory.

Use of funding

The funding can be used towards agreed expenses as outlined in the application such as airfares, train fares, accommodation and meals.

Requirements

Recipients need to attribute the centre appropriately at any events or in any publicity in association with the visit.

The centre expects the visitor or host to provide content for the centre website relevant to the visit, and engage with the media, identifying themselves as a Centre-supported visitor.

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 157.1KB) for detailed eligibility and conditions information.

Eligibility

Short‐term visitor (outgoing) facilitation grants are intended to cover some of the costs associated with University of Sydney academic staff being hosted by another institution (domestic or international) with the view to building institutional relationships that strengthen the study of China.

Links with the preferred partners as outlined in the University’s policies in relation to its engagement with China are welcome, but not mandatory.

Applicants need to submit a copy of the invitation letter from their proposed host institution along with their application.

Use of funding

The funding can be used towards agreed expenses as outlined in the application such as airfares, train fares, accommodation and meals.

Requirements

Recipients need to attribute the centre appropriately at any events or in any publicity in association with the visit. There is also an expectation that the recipient will provide content for the centre website relevant to the visit, and engage with the media, identifying themselves as a Centre-supported visitor.

This funding is for short-term visits only (generally not exceeding one month) and cannot be used to fund Special Studies Program or longer visits.

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 157.1KB) for detailed eligibility and conditions information.

Eligibility

These grants will provide centre academic members with funding for small research projects. The funding can also be used to facilitate short field trips that can advance an existing research project or contribute to developing a new one. Applicants must submit a research proposal outlining the theme, budget and expected research outputs. 

Use of funding

The funding can be used towards agreed expenses as outlined in the application such as airfares, accommodation and meals.

Requirements

The centre expects funding recipients to present one seminar or other research-based creative activity in Sydney on the research conducted and complete a research outcomes report. They are also required to acknowledge the support of the centre in their research outputs. 

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 157.1KB) for detailed eligibility and conditions information.

Eligibility

These grants provide funding to enable academics who have had material accepted for publication to apply for publication assistance. The applicant will need to demonstrate that the grant will facilitate the completion of the agreement with the publisher by contributing to essential costs of the publishing process.

Use of funding

Funding can be used to assist with all procedural aspects of publication, including, but not limited to, translation, indexing, editing, printing, or the cost of using and reproducing essential images.

Requirements

Recipients will need to attribute the centre appropriately at any events or in any publicity in association with the publication as well as within the publication itself. The centre also expects the recipient to provide content for the centre’s website regarding the publication.

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 157.1KB) for detailed eligibility and conditions information.

Eligibility and use of funding

Graduate research students support grants will contribute to activities for graduate research students at the University of Sydney whose research is about China or takes place in China. An example is costs associated with attendance at a major conference by a graduate research student.

The grants aim to integrate with, not replace, other forms of funding available through different sources and do not cover fieldwork costs. Students currently enrolled and up to date with their milestones may apply for individual or collective activities they wish to organise at the University.

The goal of such activities should be building a multidisciplinary intellectual community and be of interest to the largest possible community of graduate students within the University.

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 157.1KB) for detailed eligibility and conditions information.

Eligibility and use of funding

The purpose of the funding is to assist the University’s academic staff members to host conferences, workshops and seminars in Suzhou in order to facilitate and enhance their relationships with collaborators in China. 

Up to AUD$15,000 per conference may be awarded for a successful application. The funding may be used to cover costs associated with the conference, workshop or seminar held at the University of Sydney Centre in China. This may include airfares for Australian and Chinese participants (from Australia and within China), accommodation, venue hire, catering, and local travel.

Applicants should first contact Annie Zhou from the Centre in China to discuss their proposed budget, accommodation and transport needs, to confirm the event’s feasibility prior to submitting applications.

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 157.1KB) for detailed eligibility and conditions information.

The NLA Research Grant was established in 2018 to encourage academic members and PhD student members of the China Studies Centre (CSC) to work with the Asian Collections of the National Library of Australia (NLA).

The NLA holds the largest, most significant collections of Asian-language and Asia-related research materials in Australia. The Library also collects materials on Australia published in numerous Asian languages and remains the best-resourced institution in the country for this purpose.

To facilitate the use of this significant resource, in 2019 the China Studies Centre will offer grants to allow our members to stay in Canberra for one to two weeks, making use of the NLA Asian Collections and consulting with the collection’s staff.

Please refer to guidelines (PDF, 39KB) for detailed eligibility and conditions information.

The China Studies Centre’s academic members are distinguished by six research clusters: Business and Economics; Politics and Law; History; Language, Literature, Culture and Education (LLCE); Science and Technology; Wellbeing. Choice of the appropriate academic cluster is made when applying for membership.

CSC academic members who are also members of a CSC Research Cluster can apply for funding for significantly innovative research activities. The total amount of grant funding for this specific category is $60,000 per year (maximum funding for each project $20,000).

Please visit cluster members page for more information.