Center in Beijing Call for Proposals 2019-2020

October 22, 2018

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing welcomes proposals for collaborative conferences, workshops, research residencies, projects and other related activities for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Proposals are due January 15, 2019 for projects that plan to take place from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

I. Program Description

The University of Chicago will entertain faculty proposals for activities organized around three broad and intersecting areas of scholarship, recognizing that some activities will not fit squarely in any single category and may involve more than one of these areas:

  • Business, Economics, Law, and Policy
  • Culture, Society, Religion, and the Arts
  • Science, Energy, Medicine, and Public Health

Proposals involving all academic disciplines are welcome, including fields not separately mentioned here, such as philosophy or political theory.  Proposals that include more than one area of scholarship or joint proposals for projects across other University Centers in Delhi, Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris or the Neubauer Collegium, are especially welcome.

II. Award Information

We encourage innovative ideas, whether nascent or fully elaborated, for how we might foster global initiatives and facilitate collaboration with scholars and institutions in the region.

Proposals to the Center in are solicited for the following types of projects:

  • Conferences and workshops to promote the sharing of ideas among scholars/researchers, policy makers, and business leaders from China, the United States, and beyond; including planning and brainstorming workshops to facilitate the development of NIH, NSF, or other grant proposals for collaborative international projects.
  • Lectures and events (including arts programs) to engage scholars, alumni, and the public.
  • Professional development programs for local and regional executives, government officials, and practitioners.
  • Residencies and fellowships for faculty and graduate students conducting short-term research in Beijing.
  • Research-oriented summer undergraduate internships in China and the region. Faculty supervision/direction is required for each intern.

The Center also welcomes faculty and student initiatives that require no Center funding and can benefit from logistical and staff support.

III. Proposal Format

Please follow the submission instructions as indicated on the online portal (  Budget templates are also provided as part of the submission process.

Each proposal should include: names and affiliations of main organizers/participants (from the University and other institutions); discussion of aims, significance, and rationale; preferred timing; and preliminary budget (guidelines for conference proposals/budgeting can be obtained on the portal).  For conferences, cost sharing with local partners and collaborating institutions is generally expected. Conference proposals should include discussion of the potential for future collaboration.

IV. Eligibility

Proposals may originate from teams of collaborators in any discipline, but must be sponsored by at least one person holding a current academic appointment at the University of Chicago. Current members of the Center Faculty Steering Committee are eligible to apply, provided that they recuse themselves during the review and voting on their proposal. Proposals focusing on activities of students must come from faculty members supervising the students, and awards cannot support graduate student research that is coextensive with ongoing doctoral dissertation work.

V. Award timeline

Proposal coverage period: 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020

January 15, 2019    Submission via Portal closes

March 2019              Award decisions letters distributed

Proposals submitted by the stated deadline will receive priority consideration, however we welcome inquiries at any time of the year, subject to the availability of funding.

VI. Proposal Selection and Award Administration

Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Committee of the Center in Beijing. Funding for awards will become available beginning July 1, 2019 for projects in the 2019-2020 academic year. The Center in Beijing will provide assistance in planning and managing the logistics for the project, project communications, and access to the facilities at the Center. Projects funded must submit a report assessing the projects’ success and impact after their completion. We will also ask you to authorize a final financial report. Reports for projects must be received at the end of the quarter in which the project was completed.

VII. Further guidance

For Information about past and upcoming activities at the Center please visit our website at Faculty and researchers receiving this invitation are encouraged to distribute this call for proposals to members of the University community.  If you require any additional guidance, please feel free to reach out to us at