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Asia Responsive Grants provide opportunities to improve understanding between the United States and the Asia-Pacific region. These grants typically support research, create new scholarly and public resources, or promote the exchange of ideas and information between Americans and Asians.

Asia Responsive Grants are limited to work in the humanities and social sciences concerned with Northeast and Southeast Asia, typically for longer-term programs or projects that respond to the needs and priorities of the Asian studies field and benefit a wide range of scholars and institutions. Most awards are made to colleges, universities and organizations based in the United States.

Grants have included but are not limited to support for:
  • Asian studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Language training
  • Library and resource development
  • Southeast Asian studies
  • Asian art history studies and art exhibitions
  • Faculty development
  • Scholarly collaboration and exchange
  • Policy studies
  • Underrepresented and newly emerging fields of inquiry
  • Research on the history of Christianity in China and other parts of Asia
Examples of programs that have received support from Foundation include: ASIANetwork, a consortium of liberal arts colleges in the U.S. which works to improve the study of Asia by undergraduate students; the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute, a nine-week intensive language training program for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals, offering instruction in Burmese, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese; and the China Historical Geographic Information System, an international collaboration to create a digital database for the collection and sharing of Chinese historical information with a spatial element to examine change across time.

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