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Dec 16

Academic, Grants & Awards, Student: Call for Submissions: Imaging the Asia Pacific Photo Contest 2015-16

Imaging the Asia Pacific Photo Contest

The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute in the Munk School of Global Affairs seeks photographic representations of the Asia-Pacific (East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific) that invite us to imagine the region from unique perspectives. The photos may have been taken in any location within or outside the region (including Toronto). The judges are seeking photographs of high artistic quality that offer thought provoking images, including those that may be highly abstract. All entries will be considered for prizes as well as displayed on the Chu Program’s website and promotional materials. The first prize photo will be displayed at the Asian Institute.


First Prize: $100 and exhibition of the photograph at the Asian Institute
Second & Third Prize: a book of the entrant’s choice that has been authored by a core faculty member of the Asian Institute on the subject of Asia (subject to availability and cost restrictions by the Chu Program Director) and the exhibition of the photograph at the Asian Institute.


  • Entrants must email the completed entry form and the images to by January 25, 2016.
  • The subject of the email should be “Imaging the Asia-Pacific Photo Contest Entry”
  • If the total file size of the attachments exceeds the allowable limit of your email server, the images may be emailed separately in consecutive emails.
  • Images must be a minimum of 1600×1200 and 300dpi and must be jpeg format. Higher resolution images are strongly suggested.



Registered undergraduate and graduate students from any of the University of Toronto’s three campuses are eligible to enter the contest. Each Entrant may enter up to five (5) photographs. Photographs must be in digital format as jpegs. No print of film submissions will be accepted. However, photos need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. Photos submitted must be taken at any time prior to the entry deadline.

Photos that include sculptures, statues, paintings, or other works of art will be accepted provided they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud (when photographing someone else’s work, the object must be in the environment and not a full-frame close-up of the art in question). Photographs should not contain identifiable persons. Entrants should submit an appropriate caption for each entry that briefly describes the image and indicates where the photo was taken. The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contestant Entrant. By entering the Contest, the Entrant acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the Entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph, The entrant accepts all responsibility for any copyright issues that may arise. Contest Judges reserve the right not to accept any photograph without explanation.

By entering the contest, the Entrant grants permission to the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia- Pacific Studies to use the photo on the Asian Institute and Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies program websites as well as in other promotional materials.


Photographs will be judged by the Chu Program Director and one or more additional faculty or staff members affiliated with the Asian Institute, or an external photography expert. Winners will be decided within one week after the close of the Contest, and will be notified directly unless unforeseen circumstances necessitate a postponement of cancellation. Winners will be announced in February 2016.


The Sponsor reserves the right to suspend or cancel the contest for any reason


By entering this Contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless the Sponsor and its affiliates from any claims, losses and damages arising out of their participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activities.


Katherine MacIvor, 416-946-8832

Deadline: January 25, 2016


Nov 26

Academic, Grants & Awards, Student: Richard Charles Lee Big Ideas Competition

Do you have an idea for a creative, social entrepreneurialinnovative project that takes what you know about contemporary Asia to another level, to solve a problem, spread an idea, or make a difference? We want to hear from you!


We’re looking for bright, motivated students with ideas for impactful projects with a focus on Asia. Sounds vague? That’s because the only limit is your imagination. This is a chance to think outside the box, to apply your classroom learning to the real world in a meaningful way. Students will train to win through a series of expert-led workshops between now and April, covering how to come up with a winning idea, writing a successful proposal, the art of the pitch, and idea execution through project management. In April, individuals and teams will pitch their ideas before a jury of faculty members and industry experts, competing for the prize to fund their projects.


Undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science


$3,000 – $8,000


The strongest proposals will be invited to take part in the pitch competition in April 2016 (date TBA). The final decision on the prizes will be made by a jury of two interdisciplinary faculty members and one industry expert.


Subscribe to our mailing list for updates on the prize, workshop registration, and application deadlines.

Deadline: January 25, 2016


Oct 2

Academic, Student: Call for Submissions: Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies

Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies

Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies from the Asian Institute at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto is inviting submissions for its monthly online publication for the academic year of 2015-2016. The Journal seeks to publish the world’s premier undergraduate work pertaining to the study of contemporary Asia, specifically on the current political, societal, and/or economic developments in the Asia region. Submissions are open to all individuals within the scholarly community around the world, with preference given to rigorous undergraduate submissions.

Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies is an undergraduate academic journal with a regional focus on East, Southeast, and South Asia founded at the Asian Institute of University of Toronto. The goal of the journal is to stimulate and generate vibrant academic discussions on the current political, societal, and/or economic developments in the region. The journal will consist mainly of submissions of Academic Articles, Book Reviews, and Original Photography that centres on Asia’s rising prominence and economic growth in the recent decade. Academic Articles, Book Reviews, and Original Photography will be published online throughout the year and then compiled into a print publication at the end of each academic year.

Type of Accepted Submission

Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies accepts academic scholarly contributions in the following categories:

  1. Academic Articles should present moderate original academic research. The accepted language of the academic article is English.
  2. Book Reviews should be insightful and critical reviews of recently published academic works within the Synergy‘s accepted academic framework (refer to Synergy Journal goal and vision above).
  3. Original Photography should present original photography work from the individual photographer.

Please send submissions to as attachments in MS Word format for written submissions (Academic Articles or Book Reviews) or JPEG format for Original Photography, with all identifying information such as contributor(s) names and institutional affiliation(s) removed from the document for the purposes of anonymous review by editors. Please ensure that you have attached a signed copy of the Statement of Originality (available on our website) to your submission. The submission is accepted on a rolling basis for the monthly publication.

For more information on detailed requirements, style guide, and submission process, please visit If you have any questions towards submission, please send them to with the subject line “Synergy Submission Inquiries”.

We look forward to receiving your submission.

Susan Cui

Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies

Deadline: Open/ Rollling


Sep 18

Academic, Grants & Awards, Student: Call for Applications: Joseph Wong Student Experience Fund

Quantity: 1
Value: $500
Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

Description: This fund will provide undergraduate students with financial assistance for learning experiences, such as studying an Asian language abroad, undertaking field research or special projects, or participating in an international field school. Recipients are to be determined by a committee chaired by the Director.

Application Procedure: Please submit the documents listed below in a single pdf or word document to Katherine MacIvor at with the subject line “Joseph Wong Student Experience Fund Application.”

  • One-page statement of purpose explaining your proposal for the deployment of the funds with an outline of your related research, if applicable (include your student number)
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • Informal transcript from ROSI

Deadline: January 15, 2016


May 1

Academic, Student: Call for Submissions: Re:locations: Journal of the Asia-Pacific World

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Based out of the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, Re:locations: Journal of the Asia-Pacific World is a new peer-reviewed, student-run journal and academic forum that seeks to foster dialogue among student researchers working across disciplines, institutions, and regions in Asia and the Pacific. Our aim is to advance and empower student voices while providing novel insights that serve to broaden contemporary viewpoints on the Asia-Pacific.

On a rolling basis throughout the year, the Re:locations academic forum invites quality submissions from both graduate and undergraduate students from any institution who feel that they have meaningful pieces to contribute to this exchange. We encourage both prospectively long-term and temporary contributors to submit any number of their works.

Contributions Considered:

  • Field Notes related to Asia and the Pacific that detail the experiences of students living and working abroad.
  • Analysis & Commentary that are insightful, critical reflections on current events or scholarly literature related to Asia and the Pacific. Interviews are also welcome, pending approval by the Re:locations editorial board.
  • Photo Essays related to Asia and the Pacific that explore social issues or specific people, places, or events and display clarity, documentary integrity, and aesthetic style.

For additional information, please consult the Re:locations Academic Forum Submission Guidelines on our Facebook page  or contact the Editor at

Deadline: Open/ Rollling


May 1

Student: Call for Blog Posts: Asian Institute Student and Alumni Blog

The Asian Institute is looking for student journalists who are interested in contributing short articles about Asia to our new blog. Current and former students of the University of Toronto are invited to submit short blog entries (about 250-500 words) that relate to contemporary South, East, or Southeast Asia, as well as Asian culture in Canada.

For example, you could write an article about any of the following topics:

  • A place you discovered on a trip to Asia and your thoughts about it.
  • A critique of an Asian film that was screening at a neighbourhood arts festival.
  • A popular Toronto Asian restaurant or a new food craze, like the Japanese izakayas or Korean pojang-machas that are popping up in the hip areas of the city.
  • An interesting concept or fact that you learnt about in a South Asian Studies or Contemporary Asian Studies course that blew your mind.
  • Your thoughts on an event or phenomenon taking place in Asia that you’ve been following but that hasn’t been getting much attention in international news.

But those are just ideas – we welcome any submissions that examine Asian topics in a thoughtful way. This is a great opportunity for students to engage with topics that interest them personally, and have their work published for others to enjoy.

Photos to accompany your article are highly encouraged. Please make sure to let us know if someone other than you took the photo, and include the photographer’s name in your submission, so that we can properly credit the artist.

If you’d like to a submit an article to be considered for publication on our student blog, please send an e-mail to with your name, program, year of study (or let us know if you are an alumnus), your entry, and any photos you’d like to include.

We look forward to reading your entries, and seeing Asia through your perspective.

Deadline: Ongoing


Apr 16

Academic: Sessional Lecturer Positions at the Asian Institute: Continuously Posted Notice




The Asian Institute may hire Sessional Lecturers to deliver some of its undergraduate courses. Specific courses will be posted on the Asian Institute website at, and on our Departmental bulletin board at 1 Devonshire Place, North House, outside room 228N. To be considered for a position, the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form and Curriculum Vitae must be submitted to:

Program Administrator, Asian Institute
Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place, room 228N
Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
Phone: 416-946-8832

A valid email address is required. We prefer that applications and CVs be submitted via email.


Generally speaking, we expect to make decisions concerning courses in April for Winter or Fall courses; and in March for Spring and Summer courses. However, some decisions may be made earlier or later than these time frames, depending on circumstances.  Unexpected vacancies may arise at any time.

Applications will be retained for twenty-four (24) months. Persons who submit applications and CVs will receive emailed job postings for specific positions for the subsequent twenty-four (24) months.

This notice is posted pursuant to the CUPE Local 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement. Please note that in accordance with that agreement, preference in hiring is given to qualified persons advanced to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II or Sessional Lecturer III in accordance with Article 14:12.

Deadline: open


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