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2020-21 Stanford East Asia Library Travel Grants

The East Asia Library at Stanford University is now accepting travel grant applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. The purpose of these grants is to assist scholars from outside the greater San Francisco Bay Area in accessing the Stanford East Asia Library collections for research. Funded by the Department of Education Title VI program, the Stanford Center for East Asian Studies will award grants on a competitive basis to help defray the cost of travel and lodging for scholars of East Asia at other institutions who wish to utilize the collections at the Stanford East Asia Library.
The grants will be paid as reimbursements of expenses in compliance with University travel guidelines. The Stanford East Asia Library collection includes roughly 770,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and western languages. Further information about the library collections is available at

Please note: As of April 2020, Stanford University is complying with the shelter-in-place order issued by Santa Clara County due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Currently, we expect to review travel grant applications and announce awards on the regular timeline.  However, no travel may be undertaken with these grants until travel restrictions have been lifted, both at Stanford and at the grantee's place of origin.


Scholars (faculty and advanced graduate students) of East Asia at other U.S. institutions who wish to utilize the collection at the Stanford East Asia Library between August 15, 2020 and August 14, 2021. Priority consideration will be given to those at institutions that possess no or few library resources in East Asian languages, and for which no major East Asian library collections are available nearby. Please note that award travel must be completed and receipts submitted for reimbursement before August 14, 2021.
Applicants do not have to be US citizens, but they must be affiliated with a U.S. institution and travel should originate and terminate in the US; no international tickets are allowed.


Up to $750 per trip.


Applications are due by June 15, 2020

Application Procedures

Please submit your application using the form below. Provide the following documentation in one PDF file less than 1MB in size:

  • A brief statement (not to exceed 250 words) describing your research, the need to use the East Asia Library collections, and proposed travel dates
  • A list of resources you would like to access (applicants must check availability of these resources in the Library's online catalog or by contacting the relevant area librarian prior to submitting applications)
  • An estimated budget
  • A current curriculum vitae

Applications are now closed for the 2020-2021 grant cycle.

For questions regarding eligibility or travel restrictions, please contact John Groschwitz, Associate Director, Center for East Asian Studies. Phone: 650.736.1759

For questions regarding Stanford East Asia Library collections, please contact the relevant area librarian.