Research Opportunities

Light Center Research Grants for Faculty


The Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies provides support to Western Michigan University faculty for research and creative activities that support the study of Greater China.

Grant flier

Award Recipients
2013--Dr. Ann Veeck
2012--Dr. Yuan-Kang Wang

The deadline for submitting proposals, valued at up to $3,000 each, is February 7, 2014. One or two proposals will be funded each academic year; recipients will be announced February 28. All board-appointed, full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Awards will be announced by February 28.  Funded projects must be completed during the period from May 1 to April 30 of the following year. 

Applications should consist of the following:

  • Application cover page: project title, name, academic title, contact information (email, telephone, department, college)
  • Abstract of the research proposal (maximum 250 words)
  • Research proposal, including statement of purpose, importance of research, review of related studies, timeline, and expected outcomes (maximum 2 pages, single spaced)
  • A biographical statement that describes how the research will enhance Chinese Studies at WMU  (maximum one page, single-spaced)
  • Itemized budget
  • Detailed description of funds currently available, applied for, or that will be requested from other sources (internal and external) for the same purpose
  • Curriculum vitae

Proposals will be evaluated by the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Board of Advisors based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of proposal
  • Importance of the proposed research to the field of Chinese studies
  • Potential benefits of the proposed research to Chinese studies at WMU
  • Competence of the applicant for proposed research as indicated by academic qualifications, research experience, and language skills (when applicable)

The Light Center research grants may only be used for expenses directly related to research, including:

  • Travel and subsistence costs directly related to the research
  • Compensation for research assistants required to conduct the research overseas
  • Consumable research supplies
  • Subject/participant fees
  • Other direct costs required to carry out the proposed research
  • Purchase or access fees to secondary data/library sources
  • Subvention for the publication of an academic book

Applicant salary and research hardware are non-eligible expenses.

Funded projects must be completed in the calendar year beginning May 1 following announcement of the award and awardees will be required to submit a two-page project report.

Completed applications must be submitted electronically by February 7, 2014 to: hige-lightcenter@wmich.edu.