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Opportunities

Funding

Here in the Asian Studies Program we offer several types of funding for our UB students and UB faculty.

We support undergraduate student study abroad in Southeast Asia and East Asia through our Asian Studies Study Abroad Award. The competition for this award typically runs in the spring, and winners are awarded flight cost reimbursements for their study abroad in the summer or fall programs. The Office of Study Abroad here at UB has several cooperative agreements with study abroad programs in China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore.

We also support undergraduate and graduate student language study abroad in India through our Rustgi South Asian Language Award. This award fully pays tuition, fees, flight costs, and possibly living expenses for the summer (and possibly academic year) American Institute for India Studies language programs in India. The competition for this award occurs in December, following the AIIS application process.

Faculty and graduate students are eligible to apply for our Asian Studies Research Award. Each fall we accept applications for research funding focused on or occurring in Asia.The awards are a maximum of $1,000 and we are able to fund several proposal per year. The Nila T. Gnamm Junior Faculty Research Fund is housed in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Study Center at UB, in conjunction with the Department of Geography and Asian Studies Program at the College of Arts & Sciences. This fund supports junior scholars and students affiliated with any department or academic program at UB for research related to the Southeast Asia region. Awardees of both research funds present their research during the following year in our Asia at Noon lecture series.

Read the stories of a few of our funded undergraduate students:

Cristina Czach ’19

Russell Guilbault ’19

Kayleigh Reed ’18

Carmila Stafford ’20

 

Internships

The Asian Studies Program offers internship credits of up to 3 credit hours per semester for students who want to develop their academic or professional skills through experiential learning. UB’s Experiential Learning Network and our Asian Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies can help students find opportunities with organizations outside UB, or here in our AS office. Our past interns have developed our social media and online presence, cooperated to organize Asian Studies campus events, and supported research conferences and symposia here on campus.

Study Abroad

We want our students to study abroad! Our major and minor programs are designed to adapt to transferring study abroad courses into our academic plan. Our Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies will work with students who are interested in studying abroad as part of their AS degree and will facilitate communication with UB’s Office of Study Abroad. As we noted above, we offer two funding opportunities for study abroad in our own program. If you want to learn more how other students have felt about Asian Studies study abroad, visit our Study Abroad page and read the Asian Studies Stories.

Research

Students interested in Asia-focused research will find many opportunities for working with UB faculty engaged in a wide array of research disciplines. This is particularly useful for the capstone: the Asian Studies BA requires a research-based senior capstone project (AS498). One of our core faculty members organizes the capstone course, but each student follows their own interests by defining a topic and selecting faculty mentors. Our Asian Studies Advisory Council includes members of UB’s faculty-research community who can be approached to serve as readers or faculty mentors on the capstone project. Asian Studies students who are not yet to the capstone, but are looking for opportunities to participate in research can contact the AC members as well. UB’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities can help find and fund undergraduate research development!