South, Southeast and East Asia Fund

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Due to current international travel challenges, the timeline to utilize funds awarded in 2022 has been extended. Funds received within the 2022 grant cycle must be used for activities specified in the original proposal materials. Travel for this international activity must initiate prior to the end of FY23 or June 30, 2023.

The South, Southeast and East Asia Fund (formerly the CIK Fund), administered by International Affairs, is intended to develop, strengthen and maintain institutional exchanges and academic collaborations between KU and counterparts at selected post-secondary institutions. The fund prioritizes helping departments and schools initiate and/or build relationships on behalf of KU with peer institutions of higher learning in these countries. The fund can also support faculty research travel to these countries.

Proposals for Faculty Research

Eligible applicants for individual faculty research projects are tenured or tenure-track faculty members at KU who seek funding to pursue research in one of these countries that will result in a scholarly publication. Applicants who have not received support from the South, Southeast and East Asia Fund in the past three years will receive priority. Grant recipients will be asked to submit a one-page report on research activities and outcomes and to acknowledge the support of International Affairs in resulting publications. International Affairs may request grant recipients to offer a presentation on their research to the campus community or serve on future grant selection committees up to three years post-award.

Letters of application should include:

  1. An official letter of request (not to exceed three single-spaced pages). Include specifics of the planned research such as the nature of the topic and its importance, plans for publication and/or inclusion in teaching, the research site, the length of the stay abroad, etc.);
  2. A two-page curriculum vitae, a budget, information on other sources of support or potential support and an endorsement from the applicant’s department chair;
  3. If applicants have previously received an award from this fund, an additional one-page statement of the results of the activities and publications accomplished as a result of that award is required. 

KUIA will begin accepting proposals for faculty research for the 23-24 academic year in January 2023.

Proposals for Institutional Exchange and Academic Collaboration

To obtain funding for projects involving institutional exchange or academic collaboration, the applicant’s department/school must provide matching funds with any funding requested from the South, Southeast and East Asia Fund. The matching funds should come from the department/school and not from central administration. Funds are intended to be used by the KU faculty and staff to initiate and support institutional partnership between partner universities in order to promote research, student exchange and curriculum development.

Letters of application should include:

  1. A description of the project, including its benefit to KU;
  2. A schedule for the project;
  3. A list of participating KU faculty;
  4. An overall budget that shows department/school's matching funds;
  5. A letter from the department chair or dean endorsing the project and acknowledging the department/school's commitment to matching funds.

Proposals for institutional exchange and academic collaboration are accepted on a rolling basis. Please send proposals to Whitney Denning at


Contact: Whitney Denning, Event Manager