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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 $10,000 to support activities related to or in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

Conditions

  • Preference will be given to applications from, or involving, early-career researchers.
  • Preference will be given to applications where the applicant can show that the funds requested are matched or exceeded by funding from an additional party, which may be internal or external to the University of Sydney.
  • Funding cannot be expended on payments for research or salary for people not employed by the University of Sydney.
  • Multidisciplinary research proposals are particularly welcome. The centre focuses on support for this area, and preference will be given to applications with a strong cross-disciplinary focus.
  • It is a condition of the grants that successful recipients contribute to the centre through a seminar, op-ed, article or any other piece of work for the centre once their project concludes. Recipients also need to formally acknowledge the support received from the centre in whatever final publications or activities arise from their supported activity.
  • Activities for which applications are made must be concluded by the end of 2019.

For detailed information, please refer to our guidelines (PDF, 224.4KB). 

Submissions

The applications for the second round of 2018 research grants have closed on 16 September 2018. The applications for the 2019 research grants are expected to be open in early March 2019.

The applications for Sydney National Library Australia (NLA) Research Grants have closed on 21 September 2018. The applications for the 2019 NLA research grants are expected to be open in early March 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. 

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.

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 (per diems are not covered).

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.

Eligibility

These grants are to assist centre academic members to begin or develop new research. They can also be used to facilitate short field trips that can advance an existing research project as well as specialist archive/library research trips. Applicants must submit a research proposal focusing on the originality, potential and feasibility of the project, the budget needed and the expected research output.

Use of funding

The funding can be used towards agreed expenses as outlined in the application such as airfares, accommodation and meals (per diems are not funded).

Requirements

The centre expects funding recipients to present one seminar in Sydney on the research conducted, and complete a research outcomes report. They are also required to acknowledge the centre's support in their research.

Eligibility

These grants provide funding to enable academics who have had material accepted for publication to apply for publication assistance. Applicants will need to demonstrate that their work has been accepted for publication.

Use of funding

Funding can be used to assist with all procedural aspects of publication, including, but not limited to, assistance with translation, indices, image fees and editing.

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.

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.

There is only one round of this grants per year. Applications for 2018 round have closed.

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.

The Sydney NLA research grant has been jointly established to support members of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and the China Studies Centre to work with the Asian collections of the National Library of Australia.

We invite you to read the guidelines (PDF, 156KB) and download the sample proposal form (PDF, 86KB) before applying.