*East Asian Studies: Travel Grants

A few starting points for East Asian studies, and links to China, Japan, and Korea studies.

Travel Grant

Travel Grant to the East Asian Collection, KU Libraries, for FY 25 (August 2024 to July 2025)  

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas, a federally designated National Resource Center, offers a travel grant to scholars from outside the Lawrence, Kansas area who wish to use the University's East Asian Studies and East Asian language collections held by KU Libraries. The Travel Grant of up to $400 will be awarded to cover travel and lodging expenses. Faculty members and graduate students engaged in thesis/dissertation research are qualified to apply.


The East Asian Collection has over 324,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean including substantial periodical holdings as well as electronic resources. The collection is especially strong in the fields of Chinese and Japanese art history, general history, literature, religion, Japanese women's studies, and Japanese popular/visual culture. Also, KU Libraries has Chinese and Japanese premodern prints and manuscripts at Spencer Research Library, though the numbers are limited. For further information about our collection, please visit "About the East Asian Collection" or contact Michiko Ito (Japanese Studies Librarian) at mito[at mark]ku.edu or Cecilia Zhang (Chinese Studies Librarian) at ceciliazh[at mark]ku.edu.

APPLICATION FOR FY25 (August 2024-July 2025)

Applications should be submitted by September 15, 2024. Travel must be completed by July 31, 2025. 

Application form is available here.

In addition to applicant’s contact information (including affiliation) the application must include:

  • Proposed travel dates and schedule;

  • Expected budget; 

  • Current curriculum vitae

  • A brief statement describing the applicant's research, including reasons for accessing the East Asian Library collections;

  • List of resources the applicant would like to access while at the University of Kansas. (Applicants must check availability of these resources in KU Libraries' online catalog or by contacting the relevant area studies librarian prior to submitting applications)


  • The applications will be reviewed by the Library Committee after the submission due date. 

  • The grant will be awarded on the basis of the merit of the proposed research.

  • The awardee will receive grants as reimbursement.

  • The awardee needs to submit reimbursement request with appropriate receipts by the end of July 2025.

  • Applicants at institutions in the Midwestern region and surrounding sates of Kansas where there are few or no East Asian language library resources will be given priority consideration.  

For questions, please contact:

Center for East Asian Studies
Bailey Hall Room 201

1440 Jayhawk Blvd
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: (785) 864-3849
Fax: (785) 864-5034
Email: ceas@ku.edu (attn: Travel Grant)

Library Committee Members
Michiko Ito (chair) mito[at mark]ku.edu

Sherry Fowler

Linda Galvane
Megan Greene
Crispin Williams
Kyoim Yun 

Cecilia Zhang 

Accomodation Information Guide in Lawrence

Maps & Directions to the KU Libraries

Lawrence is located on I-70 just 45 minutes' drive from the Kansas City International Airport (I-435 South to I-70 West; also see Airport shuttles). I-70 exit 202 is the most direct route to the KU Campus.

Directions to Lawrence from the Kansas City Airport (via I-70) (this route has tolls)

As you exit the airport, follow the signs to Topeka, which will direct you to:

  1. Turn left onto the 29 N / 435W ramp to St Joseph/Topeka. Continue for 3.5 miles.
  2. Take exit 17 to 435 S toward Topeka for 19 miles.
  3. Take exit 12 to 70W / Kansas Turnpike toward Topeka for 25 miles.
  4. Take exit 204 toward US-40/US-59/US-24/Lawrence


Tips for getting around in Lawrence

  • Numbered streets run east-west with 6th Street in the north and 31st Street in the south.
  • State streets run north-south roughly in the order they joined the union (east first).
  • West of Iowa St., 15th Street is Bob Billings Parkway, and 23rd Street is Clinton Parkway