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Faculty/Staff Domestic Travel Grant


Funded through the UK Confucius Institute (UKCI), this grant provides UK faculty and staff with financial support toward domestic travel for China-related conferences, research, course field trips, and curriculum development. 

Important Information

  • Five grants up to $1,000 for domestic travel

  • Deadline: March 15, 2019

  • Grants announced on April 2, 2019

Grant Focus Areas

Domestic Travel: $1,000 (limit per grant) x 5 to support UK faculty/staff to travel within the continental United States for China-related conferences (must be speakers) and research.


  • Applicants must be full-time UK faculty or staff.
  • Grants cannot be deferred and recipients may only hold one active UKCI grant at a time. Funds must be used in accordance with standard University of Kentucky funding policies. 

Submission Requirements

Faculty or staff seeking grant funding will be required to complete an application form. Click here to apply.  The following are required:

1. Curriculum vitae

2. Proposal Narrative: Proposals should be no more than 2 pages, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, and should include the following: 

  • A description of the research/conference/field-trip/curriculum development and a timeline of activity.
  • If funding sought is for research:
    • A description of the project and the central research question(s)
    • A brief summary of the relevant literature and the relationship of the proposed research to that literature
    • A brief summary of the conceptual framework, research methods, data collection instruments, and modes of analysis that the project will employ
    • A brief description of research activity to be supported by the grant
  • All proposals should include information on the knowledge or improvement that is expected to result from the proposed research/conference/field-trip/development.

3. Official (e.g. conference) invitation (if any)

4. Administrative recommendation

  • Proposals must be supported by a letter from the department head explaining how the proposed activity contributes to the development of the applicant’s research or teaching and to China-related knowledge.

5. Any additional information relevant to the proposed research/conference/field-trip/curricular development

6. Proposed budget:  clearly proposes how funds would be used and any other sources of funding.


Evaluation Criteria

The UKCI Steering Committee’s Grant Sub-committee will evaluate all proposals and make the final decisions regarding the awards.  The criteria used in evaluating proposals include:

  • Likelihood that answers to research questions, issues investigated at conferences, topics explored on field-trips or subject matters of revised courses or programs of study will advance understanding about China or China-related subjects. 


The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2019

Awards will be announced by April 2, 2019.

Questions should be directed to Huajing Maske:

Recommendation letters can also be sent to Yinghong Huang:

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