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UK Confucius Institute International Travel and Curriculum Development Grants


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

Grant Focus Areas

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

There are three categories of Faculty Grants:   

  • International Travel: $2,500  (limit per grant) x 10  to support UK faculty to travel internationally for China-related conferences (must be speakers) and research 
  • Curriculum Development: $1000 x 8 to integrate perspectives from China into courses and programs that do not already include this aspect. 

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


  • Applicants must be full-time faculty who teach at least one course at the University of Kentucky. 
  • 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 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 to present (if any) 
  4. Administrative Recommendation:

    • Proposals must be supported by a letter from the department head or the dean 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 November 20, 2018. 
  • Awards will be announced by January 10, 2019. 

Questions should be directed to Huajing Maske at 
Completed Applications or recommendation letters can also be sent to Yinghong Huang at

Interested? Apply now!