729 Elm
Norman OK 73019-2105
(405) 325-3580
FAX: (405) 325-7738
uschina at ou dot edu

Faculty Development Grants

To promote teaching and research about China in the State of Oklahoma, the Institute offers two annual competitive grant opportunities for OU faculty and faculty at other Oklahoma K-16 educational institutions. Applications should be submitted to the Institute no later than APRIL 15. They will be reviewed by the Institute's grants committee, and the winners announced by the end of April. Winners are expected to conduct their research or develop their courses over the following summer. The number and size of the grants will be contingent on the quality of the applications and the Institute's budget, but we anticipate awarding two to three grants of $500 to $2,000 in a typical year.

1. Course development grants
To develop new courses or revise existing courses to enrich the China studies curricula at OU or other Oklahoma K-16 educational institutions.

2. Chinese language research grants
To support research in Chinese on China. Preference will be given to research that utlizes the OU library's new online Chinese language databases. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary, collaborative research that touches on some aspect of the deeper dynamics of US-China relations.

Application Information
All grants will either be paid as summer salary, and therefore taxed as salary, or treated as tax free reimbursements for demonstrated expenses such as travel. All applications should include a short cv of the applicant(s), as well as a proposal of no more than three pages. The course development grant proposals should specifically include:

  • A description of the course to be developed
  • The importance of the course to the school's curriculum
  • Plans for including the course in the school's curriculum
  • A letter from your department chair indicating a willingness to allow you to regularly teach the course
  • Copy of previous syllabus if this is a proposal for a course revision (if applicable)
  • A list of other courses the applicant teaches (if applicable)

A course syllabus must be submitted to the Institute by the beginning of the Fall semester. Failure to do so may result in ineligibility for future Institute awards.

The research grant proposals should include a statement of the research project, an argument for its importance, and a schedule for the summer's research and writing. The paper should be submitted by the beginning of the fall semester. Failure to do so may result in ineligibility for future Institute awards.

If you have questions about either of these grant opportunities, please direct them to or 325-3580.