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East Asia Program Research Travel Grants

The East Asia Program supplements the Mario Einaudi Center International Research Travel Grants (international airfare only) with its own travel grants established in support of graduate student field research in East Asia. These supplementary grants pay for research and living costs for short-term field research. Awards range from $500USD to $2,000USD, and are not intended to replace full semester Graduate Area Studies Fellowships. 

The EAP travel grants are:

  • Hu Shih Memorial Award (for Travel to Taiwan)

  • Lam Family Award (for South China Research)

  • Japan Research Travel Grant

  • China Travel Grant (Mainland and Tibet)

  • Korea Travel Grant

EAP does not run an independent travel/field research grant application process. The East Asia Program, in collaboration with the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, co-sponsors the annual Einaudi International Research Travel Grant competition. Interested students only have to fill out ONE online application at To be considered for EAP funding sources, please select "East Asia Program" under the "Reviewing Program" portion of the application. The Travel Grant application process typically opens in mid-November of each year, and closes February 12, 2020. Funds are dispersed beginning in the following May, depending on expected travel dates.

Any given International Research Travel Grant award may consist of either an Einaudi Center or an EAP travel/field research grant, or both. The Einaudi Center portion of the award typically supports your international airfare; the EAP portion (if any) can either provide additional funding for your field research (subsistence) and/or to supplement international airfare.

Applications must be submitted electronically. Paper applications will not be accepted. For additional information on the International Research Travel Grant, please contact the Einaudi Center by emailing

Cornell travelers should take note of the travel assistance services provided by MEDEX, including pre-travel information, emergency services, and medical assistance. For more information, please refer to this article.


EAP Travel Grant Committee Review Process

The guidelines for the awards are:

  • For travel to do research connected to Cornell graduate work. This grant does not fund travel to attend study programs outside Cornell, nor to attend conferences.
  • For research to take place in East Asia. Or, in exceptional cases, research in other countries directly connected to the applicant’s East Asian studies.
  • For research travel to take place between May of the year of application and April of the following year.
  • Applications that propose to travel for extended residence in a country and as part of long-term graduate field research (e.g. in parallel with a Lee Teng-hui Fellowship in World Affairs) will be given a lower priority. Other fellowships and funding should support long-term graduate research.
  • EAP Travel Grants are not intended to supplement fellowships.  

Rankings are determined using the following points:

  • The work (e.g., methodology) is technically sound.
  • The project is integral to the applicant’s graduate work.
  • The project relies in part on obtaining external grant funding.
  • The project would not take place or would be adversely impacted without an EAP Travel Grant.
  • The budget outline is appropriate.