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CAPS Small Professional Grants for Graduate Students

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies is offering awards of up to $500 in support of the professional activities of UO graduate students studying Asia. Awards will be made for the following purposes: travel to conferences to present papers, travel to library, museum, and archival collections; and expenses related to book and article production and publication. Your application should state that you have first tried to secure funds from your department.

When the number of applications exceeds CAPS Small Grants funding, the committee will prioritize those applicants who have not received an award in the previous two years. Because of the lack of funding for graduate research, PhD candidates also receive special consideration. Please note, this grant does not support language study.

To submit a proposal, please click here to complete the online application form.  A brief letter of support from your advisor explaining how this activity is central to your research interests is also required.  This letter can be emailed directly to Holly Lakey at

Applications will be reviewed twice per year. The deadlines for small grant applications are:

Round 1: November 15, 2019 (for winter and spring 2020 projects)

Round 2: August 1, 2020 (for summer and fall 2020 projects)

Awards must be used within one year of the date of the award. Applicants may apply for a CAPS Small Grant before they’ve been accepted to a conference, though their award will be continent upon acceptance confirmation.  No retroactive awards can be made.

Successful applicants are asked, after the award has been used, to write a brief letter to CAPS reporting on the completion of the relevant project.

For a hardcopy version of the application form, please contact Holly Lakey at