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Supporting multidisciplinary China research

The China Studies Centre Research Grants Program fosters academic engagement between Australia and China by funding research and mobility.

The China Studies Centre (CSC) research grants program supports CSC members to undertake research activities related to mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau and the Australian-Chinese community. Comprised of a variety of grant categories, funding ranges from $2,000-$15,000.

The 2020 funding round application deadline is 31 January 2020.

Conditions

  • Applicants may submit only one application per calendar year (excluding NLA Grant and Cluster Funding).
  • Preference will be given to applications involving early-career researchers.
  • Preference will be given to applications demonstrating efforts to secure additional funding from internal and external sources.
  • Priority will be given to proposals with a genuinely multidisciplinary approach.
  • Funding cannot be expended on salary of people not employed by the University of Sydney.
  • 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 a copy of any research outputs.
  • Funding must be spent as specified within 12 months of receipt.
  • Members of the China Studies Centre Research Committee are not eligible to apply for following categories: Conference Participation, Short-term Visitor (Incoming), Short-term Visitor (Outgoing), Small Project, Publishing Support and Centre in China Conference Funding. They are, however, eligible for the NLA Grant and Cluster Funding.

For a more extensive list of category-specific conditions, please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 181.1KB)

Submission

Please complete and submit the online application form by 31 January 2020.

Supporting documents are required, please prepare according to this checklist (159.2KB).

 

Grant Categories

Purpose

To support the mobility of academics within their domestic and global communities. Grants of up to $5,000 may be awarded.

Eligibility

Applicants will be an academic member of the CSC and hold a continuing salaried or fixed term position, which is expected to continue for 12 months after the date of the funded activity.

Applicants will be confirmed to present at an academic conference, in Australia or internationally, on a China-related topic or any topic at an academic conference based in greater China.

Applications for this category can be made retrospectively if the conference takes place between the closing date of the previous funding round and opening date of the current funding round. 

Use of funding

A funding contribution of up to $5,000 can be used to cover costs associated with travel, accommodation and registration at a single conference.

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 181.1KB) for further information on eligibility and requirements.

Purpose

To host short-term academic visitors (domestic or international) at the University for research or teaching purposes and/or to build institutional relationships that strengthen China Studies. An indicative length of stay for visitors working on collaborative projects is one month, or long enough to make a meaningful contribution. Grants of up to $5,000 may be awarded.

Eligibility

Applicants will be an academic member of the CSC and hold a continuing salaried or fixed term position, which is expected to continue for 12 months after the date of the funded activity.

Use of funding

A funding contribution of up to $5,000 can be used to cover costs associated with travel and accommodation.

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 181.1KB) for further information on eligibility and requirements.

 

Purpose

To build institutional relationships that strengthen China Studies. An indicative length of stay at a domestic or international institution is one month, or long enough to make a meaningful contribution. Grants of up to $10,000 may be awarded.

Eligibility

Applicants will be an academic member of the CSC and hold a continuing salaried or fixed term position, which is expected to continue for 12 months after the date of the funded activity.

Use of funding

A funding contribution of up to $10,000 can be used for costs associated with travel and accommodation.

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 181.1KB) for further information on eligibility and requirements.

 

Purpose

To assist and advance existing research projects or the development of new projects related to Greater China. Grants of up to $10,000 may be awarded.

Eligibility

Applicants will be an academic member of the CSC and hold a continuing salaried or fixed term position, which is expected to continue for 12 months after the date of the funded activity.

Use of funding

A funding contribution of up to $10,000 can be used for costs associated with travel, accommodation and fieldwork.

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 181.1KB) for further information on eligibility and requirements.

 

Purpose

To increase the number of publications produced by the University of Sydney on topics related to mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau. A funding contribution of up to $3,000 (or greater in exceptional circumstances) may be awarded.

Eligibility

Applicants will be an academic member of the CSC and hold a continuing salaried or fixed term position, which is expected to continue for 12 months after the date of the funded activity.

Use of funding

A funding contribution of up to $3,000 (or greater in exceptional circumstances) can be used for costs associated with procedural aspects of publication including but not limited to: assistance with translation, indices, editing, printing, or the reproduction of essential images. 

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 181.1KB) for further information on eligibility and requirements.

 

Purpose

To contribute to activities for graduate research students whose research is about China or takes place in China, and to build a multidisciplinary intellectual community of interest for the largest possible number of graduate students at the University. A funding contribution of up to $2,000 (or greater in exceptional circumstances) may be awarded.

Eligibility

Applicants will be CSC student members currently enrolled and up-to-date with their milestones.

Use of funding

Funding of up to $2,000 (or greater in exceptional circumstances) may be awarded for costs associated with conference attendance (national or international), or multidisciplinary activities (e.g. seminars) that take place at the University.

Please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 181.1KB) for further information on eligibility and requirements.

 

Purpose

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. A funding contribution of up to $15,000 may be awarded.

Eligibility

Applicants will be an academic stafff member of the University of Sydney and hold a continuing salaried or fixed term position, which is expected to continue for 12 months after the date of the funded activity.

Use of funding

Up to $15,000 may be used to cover costs associated with a single 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, 181.1KB) for further information on eligibility and requirements.

 

The NLA Grant was established in 2018 to encourage academic members and PhD student members of the China Studies Centre 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 2020 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 our guidelines (PDF, 181.1KB) for further information on eligibility and requirements.

 

The China Studies Centre’s academic members are distinguished by seven research clusters: Business and Economics; Environments; History; Language, Literature, Culture and Education (LLCE); Politics and Law; Science and Technology and 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.