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China Education Abroad Seminar Grant

In collaboration with UK Education Abroad, the UK Confucius Institute will provide annual funding to support the development and implementation of a summer, UK faculty-directed education abroad program in China.  

The program should be at least four weeks long and prominently feature some form of high-impact educational programming, such as undergraduate research or service-learning. Program proposals should leverage UK’s existing strengths and partnerships in China (i.e., Fudan University, East China Normal University, etc.). 
All travel and program development must be completed by the start of the academic year in which the program is to be offered (i.e., September for a summer program) and should intend to enroll approximately 10-12 students. Faculty members must be serving in a representative capacity of their academic unit. 
The grant provides two-fold support. UK Education Abroad will provide a $2,500 program development grant to support the UK faculty member or instructor to travel to China for the purpose of establishing the proposed program. UK Confucius Institute will provide $14,000 toward the in-China portion of the program to lower the program fee assessed to participants. 

Important Information

Deadline for proposals: January 15, 2020

Grants announced in February 2020

Recommendation letters can be sent to Cameron Pitsenbarger (

Questions should be directed to Huajing Maske (



  • Applications will only be considered for new and credit-bearing programming. Previous recipients or existing programs are not automatically excluded.  
  • Applications should be for new, China-based programs of at least four weeks in duration that prominently feature some form of high-impact educational programming. Only summer, stand-alone programs are eligible. 
  • Applications must be supported by a letter from the appropriate college dean or department head explaining how the project contributes to the international goals of the strategic plan of the college/ unit.  Matching funds are not required, but are encouraged. 

Proposals will be evaluated based on different criteria including but not limited to: 

  • Overall viability, academic need and sustainability of the proposed education abroad program 
  • Degree to which the proposed program will promote global competency and/or have a positive impact on the overall internationalization of UK; and 
  • Extent to which the proposed program promotes the UK International Center’s goals for diversifying education abroad programming. 

A selection committee will evaluate all applications and make a recommendation to the Education Abroad Committee of the International Advisory Council for final determination within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline. 
Questions, applications, and supporting materials should be sent to Huajing Maske via email at Faculty members are encouraged to discuss potential program ideas with UK Education Abroad prior to submission. 


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