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Support for Chinese Studies at ANU

CIW Support for Chinese Studies at ANU is a program initiated by the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at ANU. The program is designed to support creative and cross-disciplinary research and education related to Chinese Studies at ANU. It provides funding for research workshops, scholarly visits and other research-related activities, as well as funding for creative developments in teaching and education, in the context of the brief, vision and research priorities of CIW.

Purpose of the Program

The goals of the program are to:

  1. improve the University's ability to engage with the wealth of expertise and research activities in Chinese Studies in Australia and overseas;
  2. contribute to the planning and operation of new activities in Chinese Studies in the different areas of ANU;
  3. provide support to ANU academics to undertake or complete original and significant new research;
  4. encourage collaborations between established researchers and those in the early stage of their careers;
  5. improve communication among Chinese Studies academics and students, in particular in the context of multidisciplinary approaches in which humanities and social sciences are brought together in creative and meaningful ways;
  6. contribute to the establishment of inter-university research groups domestically and internationally; and,
  7. contribute to the international visibility of the highest quality research on China and in Chinese Studies produced at ANU or that involves ANU academics.


Funding is available to any academic or other employee of the ANU (in continuing or non-continuing positions) with a record of research in Chinese Studies or who is involved in the promotion of Chinese Studies. Projects relevant to CIW research themes will be highly regarded.

Students of ANU are not eligible to apply through this program. ANU students or student groups must apply through the CIW Resources for Chinese Studies progam.

Funding Available

Funding will be available for four types of activities (as described below).

For each activity, organisers will need to have access to other sources of funding.

  1. Scholarly visits

    Co-funding will be awarded for short-term visits by significant scholars in Chinese Studies. Visits should be related to research, collaboration or mentoring activities. Such visits can include visiting overseas scholars who are engaged in research collaboration with colleagues at Australian universities. (Maximum funding per application: 5,000 AUD. Up to four proposals will be funded in this round)

  2. Workshops and conferences

    Co-funding will be awarded for research workshops. Workshops should be multidisciplinary, intellectually creative and have a focused theme. They should be aimed at producing a significant publication, a specific research agenda, or the discussion of new or expanded methodological contributions to the field. Innovative educational workshops may also be funded. (Maximum funding per application: 20,000 AUD. Up to three proposals will be funded in this round)

  3. Special projects

    In addition to the traditional formats of scholarly interaction and collaboration, the program will also provide funding for projects whose aim falls within the scope of promoting and supporting the Chinese Studies community but which do not fit into any of the other categories. These include, but will not be limited to, the production of electronic materials, the collaborative development of educational materials, professional or outreach activities and training programs. (Funding for such initiatives will be up to an amount of 20,000 AUD. Up to two proposals will be funded in this round)

  4. CIW non-resident fellowships

    These fellowships are intended to support the work of outstanding young scholars (within five years following completion of their PhD) who need to travel from Australia to China or other significant destination in the framework of their research project for short periods of time within 12 months from receiving the funds. The fellowships awarded are intended to cover the costs of research-related travel only (for example fieldwork, archival visits, access to source or primary research material). Other funding sources will be required to fund participation at events or research related activities where they occur. (The fellowship will be for an amount of 5,000 AUD. Up to three fellowships will be awarded in this round.)

Evaluation Criteria

Each application will be evaluated against the criteria listed below.


  • A completed application form and relevant supporting documents that observe word-limit requirements.
  • The applicant should provide evidence of other sources of funding for the project.


  • The potential for the project to contribute to creative and original research or educational activities in Chinese Studies in Australia and overseas.
  • The applicant's capacity to complete the project and a relevant track record.
  • Contribution to the existing research themes of the Australian Centre on China in the World.
  • Involvement of researchers in the early stages of their careers either as leaders or as participants in the activity.
  • Participation of more than one university/institution.

Selection panel

A committee consisting of two members of the CIW Management Group, and one non-CIW ANU academic nominated by the Board of the ANU China Institute will assess applications.

Submitting an application

Application can be submitted any time and will be considered on its merits. Please send the application to

Applicants will be notified of the outcome within two months of the application deadline via email.

Application Pack

Application Form

Updated:  24 July 2014/Responsible Officer:  Director, China in the World /Page Contact:  China in the World