Faculty & Student Support

Faculty Support

The East Asian Legal Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School provides limited funding to faculty around campus. This funding is to help promote research related to the aims of the Center, including field research, archival research, conference travel, on-campus events, and other research activities related to East Asian legal studies.

We request those seeking funding to send us the following documents electronically (either as a Word document or PDF file). Please contact us at ealsc@law.wisc.edu and allow ample time for the Center to review your request before your research-related events.

Procedure for Applying for Research Funding

  1. A brief project summary describing the project’s objectives with emphasis on application, relevance, and value to the East Asian Legal Studies Center.
  2. Detailed contact information including name, title and position, department, mailing address, phone and email.
  3. Total amount of funding requested and preliminary budget.
  4. Identification of and sources and amount of any other funding being sought or received for the proposed project.

Upon approval of the funding request, we ask individuals to document all related expenses (airfare, travel costs, per diem food costs, lodging, books, etc.). The funding will take the form of a reimbursement up to the total amount awarded for the project.  Please note that you are responsible for ensuring that you comply with university regulations regarding travel and accommodation which can be found here.

Graduate Student Research & Conference Travel Awards for 2016

The East Asian Legal Studies Center is delighted to announce its 2016 Research Travel Award and Conference Travel Award Competition for graduate students.  All applications must be submitted prior to travel, and awards will be for research and travel costs incurred in the 2016 calendar year for up to $800 for domestic travel and up to $2,000 for international travel.  The competition is merit-based and the number of awards is limited.  Applicants can receive funds only once per year under either category.

A printable announcement of the Grant Competition can be found here.

Research Travel Awards

Eligibility: This competition is for international or domestic travel for eligible graduate students traveling to conduct research supporting their graduate work.  Applicants must be officially enrolled as a UW-Madison graduate student for a research degree, in good standing, and must be traveling to conduct research. The research topic must be related to East Asian legal studies

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A research proposal, no more than 3 pages, that includes the following:
    • Summary of the research project
    • Significance of research in the field of study
    • Purpose of travel and its importance to research project
    • Description of travel plans (date, destinations, etc.)
  • Detailed budget (including alternative funding sources available)
  • Letter of support from faculty advisor

Conference Travel Awards
Eligibility: This competition is for international or domestic travel for eligible graduate students to present their research findings at an academic conference.  Applicants must be officially enrolled as a UW-Madison graduate student for a research degree, in good standing, and must be traveling to present at an academic conference.  The conference and/or presentation topic must be related to East Asian legal studies.


To Apply:  Please submit the following materials electronically.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of acceptance to present at conference
  • A funding proposal, no more than 2 pages, including the following:
    • Title and abstract of presentation
    • Importance of conference to research and professional development
    • Description of travel plans (date, destinations, etc.)
  • Detailed budget (including alternative funding sources available)
  • Letter of support from faculty advisor
  • Draft conference paper (if available)

Applications must be submitted electronically (in a single PDF) by February 29, 2016 (Monday) to ealsc@law.wisc.edu.  The letter of support should be submitted separately by the faculty advisor to ealsc@law.wisc.edu with the subject line "Letter of Support for [Student Name], EALSC Competition."  

Successful applicants will be invited to present their research/conference paper at a forum organized by the East Asian Legal Studies Center upon their return.

Questions? Please e-mail ealsc@law.wisc.edu.

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