Kyoto Gakuen University/Harvard Asia Center Faculty Symposium Grant

Kyoto Gakuen University (KGU) and the Harvard Asia Center offer an annual grant of up to $100,000 in support of a co-sponsored symposium to be held in Kyoto, Japan. Harvard tenured or tenure-track faculty are invited to organize symposia in any field of humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, which principally focuses on the study of Asia.
Applicants are encouraged to engage with more than one Asian country in their proposals and will be expected to include participation of at least two Harvard faculty members as well as Harvard graduate students, and scholars based in Asia. English should be the primary language of the conference; translation services will be provided by KGU as needed.
KGU will work with the Asia Center and grant recipients to invite appropriate participants from other universities in Japan and other countries. KGU may also invite its students, faculty, and administrators to attend the symposium, as well as leaders from business, government, and academia from the Kyoto area and around Japan.
The funds from KGU will be used to cover the costs of participation by Harvard members and designated participants from elsewhere in Asia, including, but not limited to, travel, catering, and print materials. The fund will also support administrative costs at Harvard associated with preparation for the symposium. KGU will separately cover lodging, secure a venue, and provide on-site administrative support.
Application deadline is in Spring 2018 (exact date TBD).

Please submit a proposal of three to five pages including speakers and topics, the significance of the project to the field, the anticipated time-line, CVs of all applying faculty members, and a one-page budget and one-page budget justification. Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Jorge Espada at
Please note that applying for this KGU/AC grant does not preclude also applying for an Asia Center Faculty grant for conferences (see details).