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CIW Resources for Chinese Studies

CIW Resources for Chinese Studies is a program initiated by the Australian Centre on China in the World and is designed to support innovative and cross-disciplinary research and education in Chinese Studies at universities in Australia. It provides funding for research workshops, scholarly visits and other research-related activities in the context of the brief and research priorities of CIW.

Purpose of the Program

The goals of the program are to:

  1. improve the ability of research centres and university programs to take advantage of 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 at Australian tertiary institutions;
  3. encourage collaborations between established researchers and those in the early stage of their careers;
  4. 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;
  5. contribute to the establishment of inter-university research groups domestically and internationally; and,
  6. contribute to the international visibility of Australian Chinese Studies and the concept of New Sinology.


Funding is available to any academic, student or professional based in Australia or an Australian-based tertiary institution with a record of research in Chinese Studies or who is involved in the promotion of Chinese Studies.

Applications from youth groups, large groups or community organisations will only be considered where the activity can be demonstrated to advance the aims of CIW and meet the goals of the program.

Only one application per individual or organisation per year will be accepted under each category (excluding applications re-submitted with additional information at the Selection Committee’s request).

An application can be submitted in a subsequent year once funds from an earlier successful funding application have been fully acquitted.

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; they can include visiting overseas scholars who are engaged in research collaboration with colleagues at Australian universities.  (Maximum funding per application: 5,000 AUD, GST inclusive. 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, GST inclusive. 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 might 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, GST inclusive. 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). The availability of additional funds from the applicant's home institution is desirable. (The fellowship will be for an amount of 5,000 AUD, GST inclusive. 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 three members of the CIW Management Group, and two non-ANU, non-CIW members nominated by the Board of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia 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


Funding was made available for scholarly visits, special projects, workshops and conferences and networking activities.


In 2012 the following applicants were successful:

  1. Professor Frederick Teiwes, The University of Sydney and Dr Warren Sun, Monash University, 'The Political Dynamics of Deng Xiaoping's Leadership of China, 1981-1992'

  2. Jessica McCulloch and Dr Jane Orton, The University of Melbourne, 'Interactive Narratives for School Learners of Chinese'

  3. Dr Mark Harrison, Dr Hannah Stark, and Dr Jayde Lin Roberts, University of Tasmania, 'Deleuze and China'

  4. Dr Elaine Jeffreys, University of Technology Sydney, Dr David Bray, The University of Sydney, Dr Barry Hindess, Australian National University, 'New Mentalities of Government in China: Emerging Professions, Vocations and Associations'

  5. Mr Dominic Meagher, ACYA, '2012 Australia-China Youth Dialogue'

  6. Mr Hao Zhang, Ms Jia You, Mr Ji Ma, Bick-har Yeung, The University of Melbourne, 'Workshop on Environmental Challenges in China: Natural Resources, Climate Change, and Urban Development'

  7. Dr Jayde Lin Roberts, University of Tasmania, 'The Confucius Institute of Myanmar - Redefining Chinese-ness through Chinese Language Education'

  8. Dr Mi Shih, University of Technology, Sydney, 'Rights Formation and Urban-Rural Land Strategies: comparison of Shanghai and Guangzhou'
  1. Professor Frederick Teiwes, The University of Sydney, 'Chinese Elite Politics, 1976-1981' (Scholarly visits)

  2. Professor Maurizio Marinelli, University of Technology Sydney, 'New Sinology beyond the Anglosphere' (Scholarly visits)

  3. Dr Jenny Chio, University of Technology Sydney, 'Seeing China: Documentary Films from the Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival (Yunfest)' (Special projects)

  4. Mr David Davis, The Australia-China Youth Association, 'Engaging China Project' (Special projects)

  5. Dr Chi Kong Lai, University of Queensland, 'International conference of "the History of Chinese Everyday Life"' (Workshops and conferences)

  6. Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, RMIT University, 'Markets as sites of placemaking: flows, technologies, and social and affective connection and innovations. (A comparative, transnational approach.)' (Workshops and conferences)

  7. Dr Lewis Mayo, The University of Melbourne, 'Beyond Eurocentrism. China and Narratives of World History' (Workshops and conferences)

  8. Professor Anita Chan, University of Technology Sydney, 'Workshop on Quantitative Analyses of Statistical Data collected for China's Auto Industry' (Networking activities)

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