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2020 Student Travel Grant

About

Funded through the UK Confucius Institute (UKCI), these grants provide UK students with financial support toward international and domestic travel for China-related conferences, research and study. The travel dates must occur between March 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020.

Important Information

  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2019

  • Notification Date: December 2019

  • Graduate Research in China Travel Grant: 10 available grants x $1,500 (limit per grant)

  • Undergraduate Study in China Travel Grant: 30 available grants x $1,000 (limit per grant)

Grant Focus Areas

UKCI is interested in funding UK students pursuing China-focused academic endeavors.

There are two categories of grants for students:

•       2020 UKCI Graduate Student Research Travel Grant: $1,500 (limit per grant) x 10 to support UK graduate students for China-related research, including trips to conferences.

•       2020 UKCI Undergraduate Student Study in China Travel Grant: $1000 (limit per grant) x 30 to support travel to China on UK’s faculty directed travel courses with UK Education Abroad or a UKCI organized trip to China.

Note: A student can only be awarded one category of award each academic year.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be full-time students at the University of Kentucky. 
  • Grants cannot be deferred, and recipients may only hold one active UKCI grant at a time. Funds are unrestricted but must be used in accordance with standard University of Kentucky funding policies. 

 

Submission Requirements: Graduate Student Research Travel Grant

Students 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) An abstract of the proposed project (50-100 words)

b) A description of the overall research project and the timeline for its completion.  This description should include an explanation of what the research project is about, its central research question(s), and the significance of these. An outline of the project’s relationship to relevant literature may be included.

c) If funding sought is for research:

     i. A description of the specific research activity to be supported by the grant, including the methods and modes of analysis to be employed and the need, if travel funds are requested, to travel to specific locations.

d) If funding sought is for attendance at a conference:

     i. Explain the nature of the conference and why attendance will further the applicant’s research project

e) ALL PROPOSALS should include information on the knowledge or improvement that is expected to result from the proposed research/conference/field-trip/development.

3. Recommendation:

  • Proposals must be supported by a letter from the applicant’s faculty adviser or DGS explaining how the proposed activity contributes to the development of his or her research and to China-related knowledge.

4. Proposed Budget:

  •  Clearly propose how funds would be used and any other sources of funding. Proposed budget should not exceed $1,500. Supplementary: Any additional information relevant to the proposed research or conference. Please include the established dates of the project if known.

Note: If you are earning academic credit from an institution in China or UK course credit for work done in China (for example, independent study credit), you must complete a separate application through UK Education Abroad & Exchanges. For more information on this process, please contact Assistant Director of Education Abroad Niamh Minion at niamh.minion@uky.edu.

If you will not be earning academic credit during your time in China, you must register with the Office of International Health, Safety & Security.

Final acceptance cannot be confirmed until students have registered with the appropriate office.

As part of the registration process, all students will be enrolled in UK’s international travel medical insurance & evacuation coverage. The cost of this coverage ($10.50 per week) will be billed to their student account.

Submission Requirements: Undergraduate Student Study in China Travel Grant

Students seeking grant funding will be required to complete an application form. Click here to apply. The following are required. 

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

  • An abstract of the proposed trip/course of study (50-100 words)
  • A description of the purpose of the trip and a timeline of activity.
  • The relevance of the proposed trip to the student’s course of study.
  • Information on the understanding, knowledge, or improvement that is expected to result from the proposed trip.

2. Recommendation

  • Proposals must be supported by a letter from a relevant faculty member explaining how the proposed activity will contribute to the applicant’s academic success and to the further enhancement of China-related understanding.

3. Proposed budget:  Clearly propose how funds would be used and any other sources of funding. Proposed budget should not exceed $1,000.

4. Supplementary: Any additional information relevant to the proposed course of study. Please include the established dates of the project if known.

Note: If you are earning academic credit from an institution in China or UK course credit for work done in China (for example, independent study credit), you must complete a separate application through UK Education Abroad & Exchanges. For more information on this process, please contact Assistant Director of Education Abroad Niamh Minion at niamh.minion@uky.edu.

If you will not be earning academic credit during your time in China, you must register with the Office of International Health, Safety & Security.

Final acceptance cannot be confirmed until students have registered with the appropriate office.

As part of the registration process, all students will be enrolled in UK’s international travel medical insurance & evacuation coverage. The cost of this coverage ($10.50 per week) will be billed to their student account.

 

Evaluation Criteria

The UKCI Steering Committee’s Student Travel Grant Sub-committee will evaluate all proposals and make the final decisions regarding the awards. 

The criteria used in evaluating proposals include: 

  • Likely contribution of the research or trip to advancing understanding or knowledge of China
  • Likelihood that the research can be carried out as proposed
  • Significance of the proposed activity to the student’s course of study.    

Deadlines

The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2019.
Awards will be announced by December 2019.
 

Questions should be directed to Huajing Maske (Huajing.Maske@uky.edu)

Recommendation letters can be sent to Cameron Pitsenbarger (Cameron.P@uky.edu)

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