The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) was established at the University of Iowa (UI) in recognition of the steadily increasing interdependence of the nations of the world, and in anticipation of a new Century of the Pacific - a century in which much of the world's political and economic center of gravity is expected to shift toward the countries along the Asian rim of the Pacific.

Like other area centers at the UI, CAPS seeks to enrich the intellectual life of faculty, students, and the community at large; to enhance research, teaching, and outreach activities at the UI; and to encourage collaboration and exchange among members of the wider CAPS community. Like the university of which it is a part, CAPS understands itself to have teaching, research, and service missions.

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Funding Opportunities

Faculty Funding Opportunities
CAPS provides opportunities for faculty who want to take their scholarship abroad. 

Graduate Student Funding
Graduate student funding is available to support those pursuing research, international studies, and travel.

Undergraduate Student Scholarships
Study abroad scholarships are available for travel to East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region.

Contact us

Cynthia Chou

Director, Center for Asian & Pacific Studies

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-5500

Phone: (319) 335-1305
Fax: (319) 335-0280