*East Asian Studies: Travel Grants

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

Travel Grant

University of Kansas East Asian Library 2023 Travel Grants

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas, a federally designated National Resource Center, offers travel grants to scholars from outside the Lawrence, Kansas area who wish to use the University's East Asian Library collection during FY2023 academic years. Travel grants of up to $400 each will be awarded to cover travel and lodging expenses. Grants will be awarded to faculty members and graduate students engaged in thesis/dissertation research. 


The East Asian Collection has over 334,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, substantial periodical holdings, and electronic resources. The collection is especially strong in the fields of Chinese and Japanese art history, history, literature, religion, and Japanese women's studies. For further information about the collection, please visit https://lib.ku.edu/east-asian-collection/about or contact Michiko Ito (Japanese) at mito[at sign]ku.edu or Cecilia Zhang (Chinese) at cecilia[at mark]ku.edu


Applications are accepted at any time during the year. 

Application form is available here.

In addition to applicant’s contact information, affiliation, application must include:

  • Proposed travel dates;
  • Expected budget;
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • A brief statement (not exceeded 250 words) describing the applicant’s research, the need to use the East Asian Library collections;
  • List of resources applicant would like to access while at the University of Kansas. (Applicants must check availability of these resources in the Library's online catalog or by contracting the relevant area librarian prior to submitting applications.) 


  • The grants will be awarded on the basis of merit.
  • Applicants at institutions 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[at sign]ku.edu (attn: Travel Grant)

Travel Committee Members
Michiko Ito (chair) mito[at mark]ku.edu
Sherry Fowler
Megan Greene
Crispin Williams
Kyoim Yun (absent during 2022-23 AY)
Cecilia Zhang 

Accomodation Information Guide in Lawrence

Maps & Directions to the KU Libraries

Getting here is easy - 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

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 202 “West Lawrence” and pay the toll (about $1.60)
  5. After the toll booth, you’ll be driving south on McDonald Drive. Stay in the left lane to merge onto Iowa Street.
  6. In about 1 mile, turn left onto 15th St / Bob Billings Pkwy. Take your first right turn to get to the KU Visitor Center.

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

(For details, please see KU Visitors Center and ISSS)