Diversity Grant

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APARC Diversity Grant

Lowering barriers to broader student participation in Asian Studies

Grant Applications

The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center invites Stanford students from underrepresented minorities who are interested in researching Asia topics to apply for its Diversity Grant. The Center accepts applications on a rolling basis. Scroll down for details about the application process.

About the APARC Diversity Grant

The purpose of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) Diversity Grant is to encourage Stanford students from underrepresented minorities (URM) to engage in the study and research of topics related to contemporary Asia and U.S.-Asia relations, including economic, health, foreign policy, social, political, and security issues. APARC established the diversity grant in June 2020 to lower disciplinary, cultural, and funding barriers that hinder broader student participation in Asian studies.

We follow the University’s definition of the URM category as encompassing “all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have self-identified as American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.” This grant opportunity is open to current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students in the URM category from any major or discipline.

APARC will award a maximum of $10,000 per grant to support a wide range of research expenses such as travel to/from research sites, academic conferences, and workshops (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions); conference registration fees; professional development training programs; purchase of physical and digital books or other required materials; and access to relevant online resources.

Examples of research topics, in addition to those that Asia scholars typically study, could include China’s growing activities in Africa; understanding the evolving relations between Asian Americans and African Americans in the United States; and comparative examinations of issues such as the treatment of minorities in Asia and the United States or policies that promote anti-discriminatory practices in schools, the workplace, and other settings in Asian countries and the United States.

Applicant Requirements and Timeline

The Center is reviewing applications for projects on a rolling basis.

To be considered for the grant, please follow these application guidelines:

I. Prepare the following materials:

  • A statement describing the proposed research activity or project (no more than three pages);
  • A current CV;
  • An itemized budget request explaining research expense needs.

II. Fill out the following online application form, including the above three attachments, and submit the complete form:

We will consider only applications that include all supporting documents.


For questions about the APARC Diversity Grant and the application process, please contact Kristen Lee at kllee@stanford.edu.

Fellow Spotlight

With support from Shorenstein APARC’s Diversity Grant, coterminal student Ma’ili Yee (BA ’20, MA ’21) reveals how Pacific island nations are responding to the U.S.-China rivalry by developing a collective strategy for their region.