Category Archives: Faculty Research Funding

Dr. Anna Stirr Receives Fulbright and CAORC NEH Senior Fellowships

Rally at RR Campus, Kathmandu, in December 2014, with songs calling for new constitution to be written
Leftist and centrist parties rally as performers sing progressive songs at RR Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal, in December 2014, calling for new constitution to be written. Photo by Anna Stirr.

Dr. Anna Stirr is the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship and a Council of American Overseas Research Centers NEH Senior Fellowship for research in Nepal during her sabbatical year of 2018-2019. Dr. Anna Stirr

Her research project, “Performing Aspirations: Love and Revolution in Nepali Progressive Song,” is a cultural history and ethnography of Nepal’s progressive and revolutionary song movement, with particular attention to love. Though leftist artists often disdain mainstream love songs as bourgeois, love itself remains a theme in revolutionary songs and sung dramas, transformed according to  performers’ ideals and party artistic ideologies of music, lyrics, and dance. Through ethnographic fieldwork on progressive cultural groups’ performances and rehearsal process, and archival attention to artistic production and criticism since 1960, the project traces how how leftist artists have tried to create utopian ways of living and loving, through embodying and expressing revolutionary sensibilities.

More information about this project, including archival photos, translated sung dramas, and blog posts, can be found at Dr. Stirr’s personal website.

CFP: Hawaii/Wisconsin Luce Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Fellowships for Research in Southeast Asia

CALL FOR PROPOSALS from faculty: 

[Available here as PDF]: Luce Faculty-Student Research Announcment 2016

HAWAII/WISCONSIN LUCE FACULTY-STUDENT COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIA — SUMMER OR FALL 2017

Funding provided by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation 

Applications are sought for funding to support research to be conducted in Southeast Asia by one UH Mānoa faculty member and one or more graduate students in summer or fall 2017.

The Henry Luce Foundation has provided funding to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison for research in Southeast Asia.  In each of the next three years, one faculty member will be chosen at one of the two institutions (UH Mānoa for the first year) to conduct research in a Southeast Asian country, with the provision that she or he is accompanied by and oversees and mentors one, two (or three*) graduate students working in the same region and on the same or related research topics and who have advanced abilities in the relevant Southeast Asian language (completed at least 2 years of language study or equivalent).  N.B.  At least one graduate student must be from the other institution; thus, for this first year, at least one graduate student participant must be from UW-Madison.

Developing proposals will be a two-stage process each year, which will involve both faculty and students.

First—BY OCTOBER 15, UH Mānoa faculty members interested in applying should contact the UH Mānoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), providing a brief description of the nature of the research they wish to undertake and the estimated time frame.  Based on this information, the CSEAS at both institutions will be prepared to facilitate communication with faculty members at the other institution and to assist  in identifying qualified graduate student participants.

Second—BY DECEMBER 1, formal applications will be made by cohorts.  An application will consist of the following

From each faculty member applicant:

  • A narrative description (3-4 pages, double spaced) outlining the nature of the research he or she intends to carry out, the location(s), and timetable.
  • A budget summary for the faculty member’s portion of the project.
  • The faculty member’s CV.

From each graduate student applicant:

  • A narrative description (2-3 pages, double spaced) outlining the nature of the research intended, locations(s), and timetable.
  • A budget summary for the student’s portion of the project.
  • The student’s CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts of graduate study

Criteria for selection include quality, originality, and potential importance of the research proposals, prior accomplishments/student records, and the degree to which the proposed research activities of the student applicants fit with the general theme identified by the faculty member.  The choice of awardees will be made by a small committee of Southeast Asia specialists who themselves are not participating in the competition.

N.B.  The research projects proposed by the graduate students need not be identical to that of the faculty member, but some level of coordination will be preferred, and student applicants are encouraged to consult with the faculty member as they develop their proposals.

Funding available:  $8,825 for faculty researcher, $7,000 for each graduate student.

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2016.

* Over the three-year period of the grant, there is funding for a total of 6 graduate students (1-3 each year, but not more than 6 in the three-year period) and 3 faculty members (one each year).