Conference Funding

Application Requirements: Conferences

Funding is available for small-scale conferences and workshops (or large-scale conferences, in conjunction with co-sponsoring units) that explore research and topics related to Asia. Successful applicants for conference funding will have demonstrated clear programmatic and logistical planning in their conference proposals.

Applicants are also encouraged, if eligible, to apply for funding from other units, such as: ISLAKellogg

Maximum award: $10,000

Requests for funding exceeding the maximum award amount will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Deadline: Proposal submissions are accepted twice a year.

  Preliminary Deadline Final Deadline
Fall October 1 November 1
Spring March 1 April 1

Fellows are encouraged to submit a draft proposal by the preliminary deadline and meet with the review committee to discuss the proposal and make any necessary changes. A final version of the proposal must be submitted by the final deadline.

Please send a proposal (10 page maximum, single-spaced) for your conference to Patrick Deegan ( The proposal should include the following:

  • Title, description of the academic topic, overview of the problems and issues addressed
  • Purpose/objectives of the conference
  • Projected date(s)
  • Intended audience (faculty, students, public) and estimated attendance
  • Other organizing individuals or units
  • List of proposed participants (including institutional affiliations and topics)
  • Expected format (paper presentations, panels, round-table discussions, etc.)
  • Expected outcome, both abstract (in terms of research) and concrete (such as publications)
  • Relevance and value to the Institute
  • Line-item budget with justification
  • Other sources (internal and external) from which funding has been requested

Post-Conference: A brief page write-up of the conference must be submitted within two weeks following the conference, including the following:

  • Brief description and purpose of the conference
  • Total cost, with specific amounts from each funding source
  • List of participants
  • Attendance (and by whom)
  • How the conference met its objectives
  • Next steps for pursuing a scholarly product or ensuring lasting impact
  • What could be done (programmatically, logistically) to improve future conferences