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Asia Library Travel Grants

Program Summary

The grant is to help defray the cost of travel, lodging, meals, and photo-duplication for scholars of China, Japan, and Korea at other institutions who wish to utilize the collection at the University of Michigan Asia Library.

The Asia Library is one of the most comprehensive collections of East Asian materials in North America. The collection encompasses more than 800,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials in the humanities and social sciences, particularly strong in history, philosophy, literature, and film studies. The Library also has a comprehensive coverage of electronic resources, such as electronic full text journals, e-books, and databases. For further information about the library, please visit the website.

The grants will be paid as reimbursements of expenses in compliance with the University of International Institute's travel guidelines. Candidates must secure approval prior to travel.

Virtual Library Travel Grants:

As it is not possible to come to campus at this point in time due to COVID-19, the East Asia Centers (China, Japan and Korea) of the University of Michigan are offering Virtual Asia Library Travel Grants until further notice for those scholars whose research would be supported by the on-line resources of the U-M Library system. The virtual grant will give scholars a U-M e-mail address and access to the on-line resources for up to six months. We hope to resume providing the travel funds to personally come to campus to access the library's resources as soon as we can.  Please check back this webpage for updates. 


Scholars (faculty and advanced graduate students) of China, Japan, and Korea at other institutions.


Up to $1000 per trip. (Please note that due to COVID-19 this travel fund is not offered until further notice, and in the meantime, we are offering Virtual Asia Library Travel Grants in the form of six-month online access to the U-M Library system.)


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Procedures


  1. a letter of application,
  2. a brief statement to the Center describing their research and their need to use the collection (not to exceed 250 words),
  3. a list of sources that they would like to access (applicants must check availability of these sources in the Library's online catalog before submitting applications),
  4. a current curriculum vita.

The centers accept application by email through the contact information below.  

More information on U-M holdings can be found on the Asia Library website or by contacting the library assistant at 734.764.0406.

The Nam Center Asia Library Travel Grant program is funded in part by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the US Department of Education.


Nam Center for Korean Studies Contact: Evan Vowell at