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Asia Library Travel Grants

Program Summary

The grant is to help defray the cost of travel, lodging, meals, and photo-duplication for scholars of China, Japan, and Korea at other institutions who wish to utilize the collection at the University of Michigan Asia Library.

The Asia Library is one of the most comprehensive collections of East Asian materials in North America. The collection encompasses more than 800,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials in the humanities and social sciences, particularly strong in history, philosophy, literature, and film studies. The Library also has a comprehensive coverage of electronic resources, such as electronic full text journals, e-books, and databases. For further information about the library, please visit the website.

The grants will be paid as reimbursements of expenses in compliance with the University of Michigan International Institute's travel guidelines. Candidates must secure approval prior to travel.

Grant recipients are required to comply with all current university policies and guidelines. For the latest information pertaining to the University of Michigan's COVID-19 policies, please see the Campus Maize & Blueprint.


Scholars (faculty and advanced graduate students) of China, Japan, and Korea at other institutions.


Up to $1,000 per trip.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Procedures


  1. a letter of application,
  2. a brief statement to the Center describing their research and their need to use the collection (not to exceed 250 words),
  3. a list of sources that they would like to access (applicants must check availability of these sources in the Library's online catalog before submitting applications),
  4. a current curriculum vita.

The centers accept applications by email through the contact information below.  

More information on U-M holdings can be found on the Asia Library website or by contacting the library assistant at 734.764.0406.

The Nam Asia Library Travel Grant program is funded in part by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the US Department of Education.


Nam Center for Korean Studies: