Call for Proposals 2017-18

The University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong welcomes proposals for collaborative research projects, academic programs and activities for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Proposals are due on December 16 for projects beginning in July 2017 or after.

Activities and Proposals for Funding Support

The Faculty Advisory Board of the Center in Hong Kong works with faculty across campus to plan academic events and ongoing programs around three broad and intersecting themes: Business, Economics, and Policy; Culture, Society, and the Arts; and Science, Medicine, and Public Health (with recognition that some activities will straddle these thematic areas). The Center in Hong Kong coordinates its programming with the Center in Beijing to maximize the impact of planned activities in East and Southeast Asia.

The Center in Hong Kong can provide modest support for a range of activities including:

  • Conferences and workshops to promote the sharing of ideas among scholars/researchers, policy makers, and business leaders from East and Southeast Asia, the United States, and beyond; particularly welcome are planning and brainstorming workshops to facilitate the development of NIH, NSF, and/or other grant proposals for collaborative international projects.
  • Lectures and events, including arts programs, to engage scholars, alumni, and the public.
  • Residencies for faculty or graduate students conducting research in Hong Kong and the region.
  • Research-oriented summer undergraduate internships in Hong Kong and the region. Faculty supervision/direction is required for each intern.
  • The Center in Hong Kong also welcomes faculty and student initiatives that require no Center funding and can provide logistical and staff support.

We encourage innovative ideas, whether nascent or fully elaborated, for how we might foster global initiatives and facilitate collaboration with scholars and institutions in the region. Information about past and upcoming activities at the Center can be found at the Center in Hong Kong website at Faculty and researchers receiving this invitation are encouraged to distribute this call for proposals to members of the University community. We request that all graduate student proposals include proof of sponsorship from a faculty member.

Proposal Format: Each proposal or letter of intent should include: names and affiliations of main organizers/participants (from the University and other institutions); discussion of aims, significance, and rationale; preferred timing; and preliminary budget (guidelines for conference proposals/budgeting can be obtained upon request from For conferences, cost sharing with local partners and collaborating institutions is generally expected. Conference proposals should include discussion of the potential for future collaboration.

The proposal should be emailed to by December 16, 2016 and Board decisions about funding will be made early in the Winter quarter 2017. (Proposals submitted by the deadline will receive priority consideration, but the Center welcomes inquiries at any time of the year.) Once projects have been funded and approved, staff at the Center in Hong Kong will provide planning and logistical support.

About the Center

The University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong has been opened since August 2014. It houses the Asia Executive MBA program of the Booth School, provides a base for all University of Chicago faculty and research staff, graduate students, and undergraduates working or studying in Hong Kong, and serves as a gathering space for alumni and as a resource for researchers and students in the region. It enables the University to expand existing activities and pursue new collaborative initiatives with a broad range of organizations, particularly universities and research academies.

Located in Cyberport on the Hong Kong Island, the Center includes office space for visiting faculty and students, state of the art classrooms and meeting rooms in a range of sizes, exhibition space, and convivial areas for informal meeting. There are comfortable hotels and convenient public transportation nearby. Staff based at the Center are available to facilitate conferences and workshops and other activities at the Center and to provide support for faculty and others conducting work in Hong Kong and the region.