Fund Details
Charles Kao Fund Research Grants
Award Amount
Up to $5000
Competition Type

Brief Description:

The Charles Kao Fund Research Grants at The MacMillan Center provide support for summer research in East and Southeast Asia.


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The Charles Kao Fund Research Grants at The MacMillan Center provide support for summer research in East and Southeast Asia. These grants are administered by the Councils on East Asian and Southeast Asian Studies and are available to students of Yale College (including graduating seniors), graduate students in M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and graduate students in the Yale professional schools. Research should focus on the impact of technology transfer processes between Asia and the West and/or among East Asia and Southeast Asia, and the social, cultural, and political transformations in these regions.

Grants support field research or other creative projects in Asia. Priority will be given to students with demonstrated long-term academic commitment to East or Southeast Asia, or those who need substantial first-hand exposure to Asia to complete a course of academic study. In the application, students should specify how their proposals address technology transfer.

The theme of technology transfer may be interpreted in a variety of ways and should provide the focus for your project, but successful projects will be the ones which best place this concept within a sociological, cultural, or political context.

Recipients of a Charles Kao Grant must submit a project report of no less than three pages upon their return from abroad. This report should include a detailed summary of the student’s research, as well as all itemized original receipts for expenses covered by the grant. Detailed requirements on reporting are provided in award letters. Accepting a Charles Kao Grant obligates one to fulfill these requirements.

Application Information:


Please read the application instructions carefully. It is the applicant's responsibility to see that the complete application, including letter of recommendation and transcript, reaches us by the deadline; applications cannot be considered without this information.

A complete application includes a project proposal; budget including information about other possible sources of funding; resume; Yale transcript; and letter of recommendation.

Your project proposal should be a personal statement of no more than two pages outlining your reasons for applying for the grant, how your proposal deals with "technology transfer," how you plan to spend the funding, and a detailed plan of research and study.

When you submit your itemized budget, please be sure to list all other pending sources of funding, both within Yale and at the national/international level, to which you are applying (including the amounts).

Please note that budget guidelines are available at the Council on East Asian Studies. Please contact with questions.

Please be sure to also upload a copy of your resume and Yale transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable) as part of the application.

The recommender you designate in the application process will receive an email message with instructions on how to submit their letter of recommendation on-line.

Applicants will be notified of the results of this award competition via email and mail by mid-April.

For more information, please click here or contact the Council on East Asian Studies at (203) 432-3426 or

Special Eligibility Requirements:

In general, applications from international students proposing research projects in their country of origin are ineligible.

Students should have already acquired the necessary level of language proficiency to complete their proposed research work.

Restrictions to Use of Award:

All undergraduate students must adhere to the Yale University International Travel Policy. For more information, please visit

Yale University policy requires that certain types of research projects involving human subjects be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the start of the study to ensure that the project meets University Policy and any other applicable regulations. To see if your project needs to be reviewed, for advice on working with human subjects, and for more information about the IRB process and requirements, go to

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Nicholas Disantis at

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                Begin Accepting Applications Date:
                Deadline Date (EST Time Zone) :
                2/02/2024 11:30 PM