Center in Beijing Issues Call for Proposals for 2017-2018

October 14, 2016

To: University of Chicago Faculty and Research Staff
From: Judith Farquhar, Faculty Director of the Center in Beijing
Date: October 14, 2016

On behalf of the faculty steering committee of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, I am pleased to invite a new round of proposals for programs and academic events at the Center in Beijing.  In addition to being home for study-abroad programs and internships, the Center supports a range of activities organized around three broad and intersecting themes: Business, Economics, and Policy; Culture, Society, and the Arts; and Science, Medicine, and Public Health (with recognition that some activities straddle these thematic areas).

We encourage the submission of innovative ideas/proposals that will help foster global initiatives and facilitate collaboration with scholars and institutions in China and the East Asia region.  For the 2017-18 academic year, support is available for activities such as the following:

  • Workshops and symposia to promote the sharing of ideas among scholars/researchers, policy makers, and industry leaders from China, the United States, and beyond; particularly welcome are planning and brainstorming workshops to facilitate the development of NIH, NSF, and/or other grant proposals for collaborative international projects.
  • Residencies and fellowships for faculty and graduate students conducting research in China. Graduate and undergraduate student proposals should include the endorsement of a faculty member. We especially encourage programs or initiatives that involve both faculty and students.
  • Lectures and events, including arts programs, to engage scholars, alumni, and the public.
  • Professional development programs for professionals, government officials, and practitioners in China and the region.
  • Research oriented summer undergraduate internships. With support from the College and other sources, the Center is also home to undergraduate internships in a variety of disciplines. Faculty supervision/direction is required for each intern. Faculty members who are interested in serving as mentors are invited to submit a brief proposal describing the main duties/research the student intern is expected to perform.
  • The Center in Beijing also welcomes faculty and student initiatives that require no Center funding but can benefit from logistical and staff support.

Information about past and upcoming activities at the Center can be found at In the past three cycles award amounts have varied from several thousand dollars to cover international travel and lodging for a faculty resident fellow to up to US$30,000 for major conferences. For conferences, cost sharing with in-country partners and local collaborating institutions is generally expected.  Center staff can sometimes assist in establishing collaborative relationships in China. Conference proposals should include discussion of the potential for future collaboration.

Proposal Format: Each proposal or letter of intent should include: names and affiliations of main organizers/participants (from the University and other institutions); an abstract of 200–250 words; discussion of aims, significance, and rationale (no more than 4 pages); preferred timing; and preliminary budget (a budget template and guidelines for conference proposals can be obtained upon request from

The proposal should be emailed to in MS Word, by December 12, 2016.  Committee decisions about funding will be made early in the Winter quarter.  (Proposals submitted by the deadline will receive priority consideration, but the Center welcomes inquiries at any time of the year subject to fund availability).  Once projects have been approved and funded, staff at the Center in Beijing will provide planning and logistical support.

The Center in Beijing

Located in the heart of Beijing’s University District, the Center in Beijing was launched in 2010 and offers a home for University of Chicago faculty, research staff, and students to engage in a broad spectrum of intellectual activities across the disciplines.  Its 23,000 square feet of space includes office space for visiting faculty and students, state of the art classrooms and meeting rooms in a range of sizes, exhibition space, and convivial areas for informal meetings.  There are several comfortable hotels and very convenient public transportation nearby.  Staff based at the Center are available to facilitate conferences, workshops, and other activities at the Center and to provide support for faculty and others conducting work in China. In addition to the activities outlined above, the Center in Beijing is also available to faculty and members of the University community traveling in China.  If you will be in China and wish to visit the Center, participate in lectures or other programs, or otherwise make use of the Center, please contact the Center in Beijing staff at