CEAPS News & Announcement

CEAPS News & Announcement

  • Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies East Asian Languages and Area Studies Fellowship

    Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
    East Asian Languages and Area Studies Fellowship
    One fellowship that will include a tuition and fee waiver1 plus a stipend of up to $10,000 is available to graduate students at the University of Illinois.



    •Currently enrolled as a graduate student OR enrolling in a graduate program at theUniversity of Illinois in the 2016-17 academic year.

    •Enrolled (or applied for enrollment) in a program that combines modern foreign language(Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) with international or area studies, or research and training in the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.

    •An advanced learner (non-native speaker) of an East Asian language.

    Fellowship Requirements

    •You must be enrolled full time (twelve credit hours) each semester.

    •You must register for approved language courses and one relevant area studies course persemester (Independent Studies will not be approved).

    •You cannot have more than 25% GA or RA appointment in addition to the fellowship.•You will be required to take language assessment tests both at the beginning and end ofthe fellowship term.

    •You will be required to complete an on-line periodic evaluation of the program beginningthe semester after your award. This evaluation will be conducted no more frequently than once a year.

    Fellowship Selection Criteria

    •Academic achievement.

    •Current enrollment in the intermediate level in the language you propose to study duringthe fellowship term.

    •Demonstrated commitment and intent to use the language and area studies knowledge infuture studies and/or professional career.

    •Three letters of reference.

    How to Apply:

    Please send the following documents via email as PDF documents to Yuchia Chang

    1. Statement of Purpose (2 page maximum).
    The Statement of Purpose should include a brief statement describing how the proposed
    language and area studies courses taken during the fellowship year will contribute to your future
    study and/or professional goals.
    2. Three Letters of Reference. One must be from your academic advisor and one from your
    current or most recent language instructor and address your language ability. The third can be
    provided by a person of your choice. Most students select a professor or instructor with whom
    they have studied or taken courses; this individual should be able to speak to your aptitude for
    the fellowship.
    3. Graduate and undergraduate transcripts, including the Fall, 2016 semester, for current graduate
    students (Illinois and any other schools you have attended). Undergraduate transcript (and
    graduate transcripts if applicable) for incoming graduate students. Scanned copies and unofficial
    reports are acceptable.


    Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
    For any questions, please contact:
    Yuchia Chang , Email: yuchia@illinois.edu



    1 Tuition and fee waivers are only available to students in participating units and program. For more informationabout COST RECOVERY, SELF-SUPPORTING AND REIMBURSABLE PROGRAMS that do not honor the tuition and fee waiver, please see the Graduate College Handbook: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/gradhandbook/costrec-selfsupport

  • The Dave and Barbara Thomas Awards for Study Abroad

    The Dave and Barbara Thomas Awards for Study Abroad

    Thanks to a generous contribution by University of Illinois alumnus Dave Thomas and his wife Barbara, the Center for East Asian studies (CEAPS) is pleased to announce the establishment of two scholarships and two prizes for students participating in study abroad programs to Asian countries.

    Scholarships: Two scholarships, each in the amount of $2000, will be awarded to two students accepted into University of Illinois-endorsed summer, semester- or year-long study abroad programs in Asian countries. Students in semester- or year-long study abroad programs are required to enroll in classes in both language and culture. For summer programs, language-only programs also will be eligible. Priority will be given to students with excellent academic performance records and proven financial need. Both undergraduates and graduate students are eligible. To apply, students should submit the following materials via email to Yuchia Chang , Associate Director of CEAPS by February 28, 2017 in order to be considered for Study Abroad programs taking place in the 2017-18 academic year.

    1)Documentation of admission to a UI-approved summer, semester- or year-long study abroadprogram in an Asian country
    2)Official university transcripts for all Undergraduate and Graduate study
    3)500-word essay in response to one of the following questions:

    a.How would the proposed study-abroad trip enrich your current studies?
    b.How would you describe the country that you are going to live and study in? How doyou anticipate it to be different from your home country?
    c.If you were to introduce the U.S. to college students in the country you are visiting,what qualities would you focus on?
    d.What do you think are the challenges you are going to face during this study-abroadtrip, and how would you prepare yourself to overcome the challenges?
    e.If you were to work/live in the country where you are going to visit in three years, howwould you prepare yourself now?

    Prizes: The Thomas Essay Prize ($500) will be awarded for an outstanding student essay written as fulfillment of a course requirement during a study abroad program. The Thomas Documentary Prize ($500) will be awarded for one student video documentary of a study abroad experience. For award consideration, student essays and documentaries should be submitted by September 1st of the year during which they have participated in a study abroad experience, following completion of the program. Essays should be between 10 and 25 pages in length; documentaries between 10 and 30 minutes. Students wishing to submit a documentary are invited to participate in CEAPS-sponsored workshops on documentary film-making. For more information, please contact Yuchia Chang.

  • Travel Grants for Faculty to Visit UIUC

    Travel Grants for Faculty to Visit UIUC

    The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications from faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and Community Colleges in Illinois and Indiana for grants of up to $1000 to visit the UIUC campus to use the university’s library and meet with faculty. We welcome applications from faculty performing research in East Asian Studies or developing curriculum about East Asia for courses at their home institutions. Travel dates are unrestricted, but we require the applicants to include a description of a planned trip of at least four days in the application. CEAPS will assist successful applicants in arranging library access privileges and provide short-term workspace for meeting with UIUC faculty and/or graduate students. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2017 for visits during Spring and Summer, 2017; the second application deadline of May 1, 2017 can be applied in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Interested faculty is asked to submit the following to CEAPS Associate Director Yuchia Chang in electronic format by the appropriate deadline:

    1)300-word statement describing how the visit will benefit research or curriculum development
    2)2-page CV
    3)Description of a planned trip of at least five days.
    4)Proposed dates and duration of visit

    For the grant recipients, we request a one-page report on the outcome of the visit. If the purpose of the visit is curriculum development, we request a copy of the syllabus together with the related curriculum materials. If the purpose of the visit is research, we request a summary of the progress on the research project. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program through our partnership with Indiana University’s East Asian Studies Center, for which we have been designated a Joint National Resource Center for East Asian Studies. Questions may be associate directed to Yuchia Chang Chang or 217-244-4601.

  • CEAPS Curriculum Co-Development Grants

    CEAPS Curriculum Co-Development Grants

    The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign invites applications from UIUC faculty partnered with faculty from other institutions in Illinois and Indiana to develop East Asia-focused curriculum for undergraduate classes. This program is supported by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education designating CEAPS and the East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University, as a Joint National Resource Center for East Asian Studies.
    Two awards of $1500 each (to be shared between contributing faculty partners) will be awarded annually. The goals of this program are to develop robust curricula in East Asian Studies at post- secondary institutions across the Illinois/Indiana Corridor and to strengthen the network of faculty working on East Asia in the region. This program supports both revision of current courses to better address East Asian issues or development of new courses with a strong East Asian component. We welcome applications for both courses on East Asia and those on broader topics. We strongly encourage applications from faculty in professional schools interested in providing cultural context to their curriculum.
    The proposed course development should take place during the 12 months following the award and should be implemented at both institutions within 18 months of the award. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2017 for course development to occur during the 2017 to 2018 academic year. Interested faculty are asked to submit the following to CEAPS Associate Director Yuchia Chang  in electronic format by the appropriate deadline:

    1)Current syllabus for course to be augmented by curriculum development or detaileddescription of newly-proposed course.
    2)300-word statement describing your plan for increasing East Asian components in yourcourse design.
    3)2-page CVs for all faculty participants

    A report on implementation of the new curriculum will be required from awardees within 24 months of the award date. Questions may be associate directed to Yuchia Chang  or 217.244.4601.

  • CALL FOR FILMS - AAS Film Expo 2017

    The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annually hosts the premier North American conference of Asia scholars devoted to scheduled programs of scholarly papers, roundtable discussions, workshops, and panel sessions on a wide range of issues in research and teaching, and on Asian affairs in general. The upcoming AAS conference is scheduled for March 16 -19, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    AAS Film Expo was established as a conference program in 2011 by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS), an outreach program of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia are projected in a dedicated screening room with a schedule running from Thursday through Saturday. An “on demand” screening area allows additional viewing opportunities for attendees who miss scheduled screening times.

    We welcome the submission of films related to Asia produced by scholars and independent filmmakers. Criteria utilized in the selection process include timeliness, broad appeal to the scholarly community, and examples of new field work. All films presented in the conference are promoted in a special AAS Film Expo booklet which includes contact information for distributors or filmmakers who self-distribute.

    In addition to the Film Expo booklet distributed to conference attendees, film listings are included in the AAS Annual Conference Program Addendum and on the AEMS website: http://aems.illinois.edu. When possible, short post-screening Q&A’s are arranged with filmmakers or film representatives in attendance or via online video conferencing.

    For more information, please download the AAS Film Expo Submission Form.