November 2012 Archives

Columbia University Libraries Research Awards Program 2013

The Columbia University Libraries (CUL) invites applications from scholars and researchers to a new program designed to facilitate access to Columbia's special and unique collections.  CUL will award ten (10) grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult CUL holdings for their work.

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2013.  Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 19, 2013 for research conducted at Columbia during the period July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014.

More detailed information can be found in this link.

Open Access Fund now accepting applications!

Applications are now open for the pilot of the Open Access Publishing Fund. Any UMN author is eligible (any faculty, researchers, post-docs, graduate students, or staff). For information on how the fund was established, visit To apply for funding, visit!  Works will be reviewed only for whether they meet the eligibility requirements, and funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until exhausted.

Chinese Object Study Workshops

Chinese Object Study Workshops is a pilot program that will provide graduate students in Chinese art history an immersive experience in the study of objects--in particular, those belonging to the great collections of Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Freer|Sackler). The workshops will help students develop the skills necessary for working with objects, introduce them to conservation issues not readily encountered in typical graduate art history curricula, and familiarize them with important American museum collections.

The application deadline is January 4, 2013, with decisions announced by February 1, 2013.

Detailed information can be found in this link.

In order to deepen research on Japanese culture and broaden its scope by bringing together researchers from different fields of specialization, the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) supports the "team research" (kyōdōkenkyū) approach to opening up new frontiers in Japanese studies scholarship.

Nichibunken seeks visiting research scholars to plan and organize one-year team research projects for the Japanese academic year 2015 (April)-2016 (March). Research themes of outstanding significance and future potential will be favorably considered.

Application information can be found in this link.


The Harvard-Yenching Library is pleased to announce its Travel Grant Program for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The purpose of the grant is to assist scholars from outside the metropolitan Boston area in their use of the Harvard-Yenching Library's collections for research.  There will be 16 grants of $400 each (seven in Chinese studies, seven in Japanese studies, and two in Korean studies) to be awarded on a merit basis to faculty members and to graduate students engaged in dissertation research.  Priority consideration will be given to those at institutions where there are no or few library resources in the East Asian languages, and no major East Asian library collections are available nearby.  Each grantee will also be provided with the privilege of free photocopying of up to 100 sheets.  Please note that the awards must be used before August 1, 2013.

Applications for the travel grant, including a letter, a brief description of the research topic, and an estimated budget, should be addressed to the following:

James K. M. Cheng


Harvard-Yenching Library

2 Divinity Avenue

Cambridge, MA  02138

Fax: (617) 496-6008


The deadline for receiving applications is December 31, 2012.
For more information please click here.

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships

Deadline: March 1, 2013

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Date: Nov. 10
Time: 7 pm
Location: Barbara Barker Center for Dance, U of M West Bank
Free Admission.

The Body in Motion: Vitality, Energy and Spirit, produced by the Hippocrates cafe, features Gao Hong on pipa (a traditional Chinese musical instrument), readings by Chinese poet Wang Ping, and several other artists. The performance involves Chinese music, poetry and taijiquan.

Founded  in 2010 by Dr. John Hallberg, director of University of Minnesota Mill City Clinic, Hippocrates Cafe produces unusual programs with professional actors and musicians to explore complex health care topics, incorporating equal measures of humor and reflection.

Join Us for 4 Presentations on Japan's Culture!    

Japan is famous for its rich and enduring traditions. This online professional development workshop will focus on how Japan continues to cultivate some of these traditions today - specifically in its cuisine and arts - while endeavoring to address the challenges of the 21st century including changes in gender roles and in its military relationship with the United States. Presenters will provide an overview of these important topics for students of world history, American history, and the arts. Ample visual resources will be provided.

Click here for more detailed information.

20th Century Japan Research Award for 2012-2013

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, invite applications for one $1,500 grant to support research in the library's Prange Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960. Holders of the Ph.D. or an equivalent degree are eligible to apply, as are graduate students who have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation.


The competition is open to scholars in all parts of the world and from any discipline, but historical topics are preferred. University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students may not apply. More information can be found at The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies.

The application deadline is November 16, 2012.  The grant must be used by October 31, 2013. Grant funds will be disbursed in the form of reimbursement for travel, lodging, meals, reproductions, and related research expenses. Such costs as computers or software are not eligible. Reimbursement will require submission of receipts for processing by the University.

All applications must be submitted electronically by attachment to with "Twentieth-century Japan Research Awards" in the subject line. Applications must include a curriculum vitae and a two-to three-page description of the research project. Applications from graduate students must be accompanied by a letter from the principal faculty advisor attesting to the significance of the dissertation project and to the student's completion of all other degree requirements.

Materials in the Gordon W. Prange Collection include virtually all Japanese-language newspapers, news agency releases, magazines, pamphlets, and books dating from the period of Allied censorship, 1945-1949, in addition to over 10,000 newspaper photos.  There are also materials published by Chinese and Korean residents, most of which are written in Japanese.  Related collections in English include the personal papers of Charles Kades and Justin Williams.  Office correspondence documenting policies and decisions of the Publications, Pictorial, and Broadcast Division, Civil Censorship Detachment (Civil Intelligence Section), Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers Japan, are complementary to official Occupation records housed at the National Archives, College Park.  Japanese newspapers and magazines from the Prange Collection are available for research on microform in the East Asia Collection.  Other Prange materials are made available for research in the Prange Collection reading area after consultation with the Prange Curator or Manager.  The East Asia Collection contains Japanese-language books published during the wartime period, scholarly monographs on Occupied Japan, and a wide variety of reference works.
 A one-page summary of research findings is required at the conclusion of the grant period.

For further information about the collections, consult the following websites: http:/ and 

Twentieth-century Japan Research Awards
Department of History
University of Maryland, College Park MD
The Gordon W. Prange Collection
University of Maryland Libraries, College Park MD

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