The University of Iowa

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Graduate Dissertation Grant and Graduate Conference Travel Grant

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) is pleased to announce a competition for research grants for UI graduate students engaged in research on the cultures and institutions of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific region.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is November 1, 2020.  


  1. The Graduate Dissertation Grant is for Ph. D candidates who have passed their prelims or comprehensives exams and are starting their dissertation research. Ordinarily the grant will not exceed $1,500 and are to be used for research-related expenses including travel to libraries and archives both inside and outside the United States.
  2. The Graduate Conference Travel Grant is for graduate students of either master or doctoral level who needs financial support to attend a conference with a presentation on studies of East Asia, Southeast Asia or Pacific region. The award is normally up to $500 for each conference travel.   
  3. An applicant is limited to one CAPS award per academic year and preference may be given to applicants who have not previously received this award.
  4. Funds will be available immediately upon notification of the award and should be used before June 30, 2020 unless prior approval is obtained.
  5. Applicants are encouraged to supplement CAPS grants with other sources.


Applicants should submit the following:

  • Proposal of approximately 750 words clearly explaining the intellectual rationale and feasibility of the project;
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • One page budget, including other sources of funding, if applicable;
  • A letter of endorsement from dissertation advisor.

Send applications and supporting materials to:

CAPS Grant Committee
Center for Asian and Pacific Studies
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

Direct inquiries are directed to Dongwang Liu at 335-1305 or

Study Abroad in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Pacific Region Scholarship for Spring 2021 and Summer and Fall 2021 

Scholarships for Study Abroad in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Pacific region for Spring 2021 and Summer and Fall 2021 are available for graduate students attending the University of Iowa.


Please complete the online application.  Be sure to have the following application items prepared ahead of time as you cannot save the application and return to it later:

  • List of expenses of your study abroad program
  • List of scholarships or financial aid you have already secured for your study abroad program
  • Total amount of funding needed for your study abroad program
  • A personal statement that indicates your purpose and goal of your study abroad plan and how the scholarship will benefit your program of study (400-500 words)

Application Deadline

The application deadline is October 15, 2020 for Spring 2020 and March 15, 2021 for Summer and Fall 2021 respectively.