The Asian Institute’s Richard Charles Lee Insights through Asia Challenge (ITAC) is an award-winning experiential learning program that supports outstanding original student research and research-related travel.
This year, ITAC invites students to propose research projects on the theme of MOBILITIES in Asia. We call on ALL U OF T STUDENTS (undergraduate and graduate across all 3 campuses) who want to connect classroom learning to fieldwork in Asia.
Students apply in small teams of 2-4, and awarded teams will be funded to travel to Asia for up to 3 weeks to conduct research over the summer semester. Projects should address a specific issue within the broad theme of mobilities (e.g., circulations of people, commodities, money, ideas, and ideologies) in the context of larger forces (e.g., global markets, socio-politics, emerging technologies and digital spaces, the environment, health, etc.). We invite teams to produce their research in a form well-suited to their project. For example, past ITAC awardees have created policy reports, journal articles, short documentaries, interactive websites, or events. Awarded teams will also complete a short written report (following an ITAC template) at the conclusion of the project.
ITAC is a uniquely immersive and supported research experience. Students prepare extensively for fieldwork and receive academic and professional development training, cultivating all the tools necessary for a successful ITAC experience.
ITAC culminates with a public showcase of research outcomes in September 2023.
Selected teams will receive an award of approximately $3000 each (per student).
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Shannon Garden-Smith (she/her), Research Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org, Rm 103N – North House, 1 Devonshire Place