2016-17 UCLA – Academia Sinica Visiting Scholar Program

Funding for visiting scholars from Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

The UCLA Asia Institute and Director R. Bin Wong invite UCLA faculty and departments to submit proposals to host visiting scholars from Academia Sinica, the premier research institute in Taiwan, for short-term visits to teach or co-teach in courses at UCLA during the 2016–17 academic year. Funding is provided by the Taiwan Studies Lectureship, which aims to foster comprehensive exchanges with Academia Sinica, providing opportunities for visiting faculty to present and develop their research in an international context while familiarizing UCLA faculty and students with resources available in Taiwan to advance their own work. The ultimate goal of the TSL program is to build lasting ties between UCLA and Academia Sinica to facilitate research and graduate training networks linking faculty and students in similar fields from both institutions.

The Asia Institute will provide travel expenses and a stipend of up to $15,000 to support each visiting scholar. The exact amount of funding will be determined by the scholar’s length of stay and the extent of their contributions to instruction and research at UCLA. Scholars may visit for periods ranging from two weeks to one quarter. While in residence, Academia Sinica scholars are expected to discuss their research with UCLA colleagues and participate actively in graduate seminars. Funding is available to invite two to five scholars for 2016-17. Applications for fall should be submitted by June 30, 2016, and proposals for the year will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter, though sponsoring faculty are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Academia Sinica is the national academy of Taiwan. Founded in 1928 and relocated to Taiwan in 1949, it is organized into three divisions: Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and Life Sciences. Twenty-four research institutes and seven research centers are administered by these divisions. A complete list of these units with links to their respective websites is available online.

We invite proposals from all UCLA faculty and departments. A proposal should include:

  • Names, contact information, and CV of UCLA faculty host(s)
  • Names and contact information of academic personnel coordinator and fund manager for hosting department
  • Name(s), contact information, and CV of proposed Academia Sinica visiting scholar(s)
  • Proposed duration and approximate dates of visit
  • Budget, including travel expenses, visiting scholar salary/stipend, and any matching funds available from other sources
  • A 1-2 page description of the visiting scholar’s proposed residence, including: specific courses and public lectures in which the visiting scholar will participate at UCLA; any past or current activities involving the scholar and UCLA faculty and students; proposed or ongoing research collaboration with faculty host, other UCLA faculty, and graduate students; any other benefits of this visit to UCLA; and potential sustained activities following the scholar’s UCLA residence (such as reciprocal visits by UCLA faculty to Academia Sinica, ongoing research collaboration, publication)

Click here to submit a proposal

This collaboration with Academia Sinica is made possible by the UCLA Taiwan Studies Lectureship, a joint program of the UCLA Asia Institute and the Dean of Humanities with funding from the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, represented by the Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles.

For more info please contact:
Elizabeth Leicester

Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2016