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Call for Proposals 

GRANTS IN ASIAN AMERICAN RESEARCH

for University of California, Berkeley, Faculty and Graduate Students 

Grant period: December 1, 2021 through November 30, 2022  

Application deadline: October 18, 2021, 5:00pm (PT)

The Asian American Research Center (AARC) invites proposals from current UCB faculty and graduate students working on scholarly, community engagement, and/or creative projects that focus on Asian American populations. We seek projects that center Asian American perspectives, agency, and epistemologies. We are especially interested in funding projects that engage communities as partners and/or involve Asian American populations. 

Topics/Themes 

The AARC accepts proposals from a wide range of topics and disciplinary approaches. For 2021-2022, AARC will give preference to proposals that examine the political, economic, and cultural effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Asian Americans and their responses to them.  Intersectional analysis is particularly welcomed.

Grant Funding

The grant can be used to complete an entire project, to provide seed money to start a larger project, or to accomplish smaller tasks of a larger project.  

Due to the competitive selection process, the final amount awarded may be less than the amount requested. All funds must be spent by November 30, 2022. 

Maximum amount of each faculty award is $10,000. Faculty can request funds for summer salary, GSR funding, research travel, books, and/or other  research-related expenses. Faculty can also request funds for replacement costs for a partial course release with benefits included, contingent on approval of the department chair and/or dean. 

Maximum amount of each graduate student award is $5,000. Graduate students can request funds for living expense stipends (as taxable and financial aid reportable income) and/or for reimbursement for research travel and/or other research-related expenses.

Restrictions 

Applicants may submit only one proposal in any one funding cycle. Competitive candidates who do not receive funding for this cycle are encouraged to reapply in future cycles. 

Grant monies cannot be used for the purchase of computer equipment, books, and/or any other materials for personal use. Purchases of equipment and other materials for the project must be pre-approved and will be considered the property of the University of California, Berkeley. 

Eligibility and Requirements

All research involving human subjects must be approved by the Office for the Protection of  Human Subjects (OPHS) by the start of the funding period to ensure the protection of participants’ rights and welfare in the research process. 

All UC Berkeley faculty members are eligible. UC Berkeley staff members with PI status are also eligible to apply for the faculty grant.

All UC Berkeley graduate students are eligible.

Outcomes 

All grantees will be expected to submit a progress report of approximately two pages, due on May 1, 2022, documenting the work they are conducting with the grant. A final report must be submitted within a month after the conclusion of the grant term. Grantees may be invited to present their work, whether completed or in-progress, at an AARC event.

Application Process

Faculty

The faculty application form is available here.

You will be asked to provide:

  • An abstract of up to 250 words
  • Budget and budget justification/rationale (as pdf, with filename: lastname_firstname_budget.pdf) 
  • Statement of project (as pdf; 750 words max, with filename: lastname_firstname_statement.pdf) Please include last name, first name at the top  of the page. Please identify specific outcomes that the funding will make possible and include a timeline for the project. If there are any co-PI’s or other collaborators, please include that information in the statement.
  • CV (of PIs) (as pdf; 3 pages max, with filename: lastname_firstname_CV.pdf) 

 

Graduate Students

The graduate student application is available here.

You will be asked to provide:

  • An abstract of up to 250 words
  • Budget and budget justification/rationale (as pdf, with filename: lastname_firstname_budget.pdf) 
  • Statement of project (as pdf; 750 words max, with filename: lastname_firstname_statement.pdf) Please include last name, first name at the top  of the page. Please identify specific outcomes that the funding will make possible and include a timeline for the project. If there are any co-PI’s or other collaborators, please include that information in the statement.
  • CV (of PIs) (as pdf; 3 pages max, with filename: lastname_firstname_CV.pdf)
  • Letter of support from a faculty member (as pdf, with filename: lastname_firstname_letter.pdf). The letter should address the following points:
    • How does this proposed project help advance the student's masters or doctoral research?
    • Is the student making good academic progress?

Deadline: Monday, October 18, 2021 by 5PM (Pacific Time) 

Award notifications: November 15, 2021 (anticipated). 

Questions? Contact aarc@berkeley.edu or 510 642-0813

Asian American Research Center
2420 Bowditch Street #5670
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5670
TEL: 510.642.0813
FAX: 510.642.8674
 

 

 
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