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Deadline March 15, 2020

Academic, Grants & Awards, Student, Travel: Daisy Ho Contemporary China Special Undergraduate Fund

We’re excited to announce the Daisy Ho Contemporary China Special Undergraduate Fund will select its inaugural awardees in spring 2020. This fund offers approximately four awards to third-year undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science who are interested in undertaking a special research project on contemporary China. The awards will be used to help defray the project costs associated with the travel and research of the student participants. The successful recipients will be required to share their findings with their peers to extend the learning opportunities.

Value: Up to approximately $5,000 to defray costs

Eligibility: Must be a third-year undergraduate student (defined as having completed between 9.0 and 13.5 full course equivalents) in the Faculty of Arts and Science at University of Toronto St. George Campus. No program eligibility restrictions.

Application Instructions: Fill out the PDF Application Form and email it to

The application consists of 5 parts:

  1. Research Statement
  2. Schedule and Budget
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Letter of Support (to be submitted separately by the referee)
  5. Signature

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020, 11:59 pm EST

Please contact with any questions regarding this award.

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Deadline January 24, 2020 (draft proposal)

Academic, Grants & Awards, Student, Travel: 2019/20 Student Research Awards – Call for Ideas

The Asian Institute is pleased to announce our

2019/20 Student Research Awards – Call for Ideas 

For more information visit:

Recent years have seen the rise of populism, mass mobilization, and the emergence of new social networks around the globe, especially throughout Asia. Yet the politics of mass protest and the contestation of shifting notions of belonging and exclusion have been central to Asia’s history for centuries. In 2019-20, ITAC invites students to propose research that focuses on one or more Asian sites to explore the theme: Protest and Belonging in Asia.

We are looking for motivated students to carry out their outstanding research and creative projects in Taiwan. Whether you are in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences, the Big Ideas Competition: Exploring Global Taiwan is an opportunity to create and experiment. For example, your project could be a documentary film about Taipei’s changing neighbourhoods; a study of the butterfly species endemic to the island or an investigation of Asia’s most vibrant democracy. We welcome proposals to create policy reports, journal articles, documentary films, events, or something else entirely!

Any questions? Contact 

Shannon Garden-Smith
Research Coordinator, Asian Institute
Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Rm. 103N-North House, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7
Email: | Phone: 416.946.5372

Deadline: January 24, 2020 (draft proposal)

Deadline March 1, 2020


The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy seeks photographic representations of the Asia-Pacific (East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific) that incites 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.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2020 AT 11:59 PM


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 (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 March 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
  • The subject of the email should follow as: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, Photo Contest and have your student ID in the subject.
  • Each file is required to be labeled: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME-Entry Form and LAST NAME, FIRST NAME-[PHOTO Title] (e.g., HARRIS, ANDREW-The Flaming Mountains)
  • 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 or 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.


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

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Posted December
6 2019

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

Synergy Journal is an undergraduate academic journal housed at the Asian Institute of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. Our journal seeks to publish the world’s premier undergraduate work pertaining to the study of contemporary Asia, specifically on the current political, historical, social, and/or economic developments in the Asia region. Synergy is currently listed with the Library and Archives Canada.


We are currently inviting submissions for our online publication for the 2019-2020 academic year. The journal regularly publishes academic articles and submissions, book reviews, op-eds, current event reports, original photography, video, and more. The accepted language of the academic article is English. A selection of original research will also be compiled into a print publication at the end of each academic year. Submissions are open to all individuals in the global scholarly community, with preference given to rigorous undergraduate submissions. Submissions are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Our journal accepts academic scholarly contributions in the following categories:

1. Academic Articles

Academic Articles should be at least 1,500 words in length. Please include the following materials in your submission to

  • Bio of author(s)
  • Title
  • Abstract (200 words) and Keywords (4-5 primary keywords)
  • Bibliography and citations (Chicago 16th Edition, footnotes)
    • It is the responsibility of the individual author(s) to follow the correct citation format as required by Synergy. Please use the footnote citation format as opposed to the in-text citation format, and provide a list of references at the end

2. Book Reviews & Op-Eds

Book Reviews and Op-Eds should be 800-1,500 words in length.  Longer submissions (longer than 1,500 words) could be considered depending on the level of academic rigour of the content. Please include the following materials in your submission to

  • Bio of author(s)
  • Title
  • Keywords (4-5 primary keywords)
  • Bibliography and citations (Chicago 16th Edition, footnotes)
    • It is the responsibility of the individual author(s) to follow the correct citation format as required by Synergy. Please use the footnote citation format as opposed to the in-text citation format, and provide a list of references at the end.

3. Original Video

Video submissions of original academic documentaries will be accepted as of the 2019-2020 academic year. Video submissions should be made via link to an existing Youtube posting, Cloud storage link, or any other method that would enable viewing of your submission. Please include the following materials in your submission to

  • Bio of videographer(s)
  • Title
  • Keywords (4-5 primary keywords)
  • (if relevant) Bibliography (Chicago 16th Edition)
    • It is the responsibility of the individual author(s) to follow the correct citation format as required by Synergy. Please use the footnote citation format as opposed to the in-text citation format, and provide a list of references at the end.

4. Original Photography

Photo submissions should be made in high-resolution JPEG file(s). You may compress files into a zip folder for convenience. In addition, please take note of format below for a complete image credit line, to be submitted along with your photography

  • Bio of Photographer(s)
  • Title
  • Per Image: A short description with relevance to your submission (date, location, etc.) | Image: Name of Source/Institution
    • Example: Lecture on South Asia’s identity politics | Image: Asian Institute, University of Toronto


Please send submissions to  as attachments in Microsoft Word format for written submissions, access links for Video submissions, and JPEG format for Original Photography, with all the aforementioned information. For each submission, please name your email subject line as “Synergy Submission – [region of focus – East, Southeast, or South Asia], [type of submission], [last name]”.

Please include the following in the body of the email:

  • Full contact information (name(s), institutional affiliation and country of origin, and e-mail address);
  • A brief (1—2 sentences) biographical note for each contributor;
  • Any additional comments may be included at the discretion of the individual corresponding contributor.


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We encourage U of T graduate students researching Asia and Asian worlds – whether or not you are currently active at the Asian Institute or new to it – to sign up formally to the Asian Institute Graduate Student Network. We will use this list to keep you informed about events, awards, opportunities, and invite you to take part in our vibrant graduate student community.

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