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Applying For Awards


The Clark Cunningham Undergraduate Essay Award

An Academic Research Paper Contest in Asian American Studies

For Undergraduate Students, 2016-2017

Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

In order to encourage undergraduate student research in Asian American Studies, the University of Illinois Asian American Studies Department is sponsoring a $100 award for the best undergraduate student research paper in Asian American Studies. The awards committee reserves the right to not grant any awards. Awardees will be recognized at the annual APA Leadership Awards Ceremony held during the Spring 2017 semester.

This award is named in recognition of Dr. Clark Cunningham, who currently is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Professor Cunningham was instrumental in building the Asian American Studies Department at the University of Illinois. He served as the vice chair of the unit from 1997-2000 and chair of the program's first curriculum committee. He taught the first Asian American studies course on campus "Asian American Experiences" in 1992 and is widely regarded on campus as an inspiring teacher, mentor, and colleague among his students.

Application process:


Application process:

Applicants must be current UIUC undergraduate students or have graduated no earlier than December 2016. Applicants must submit the following items. It is the responsibility of the students to ensure their applications are complete and submitted correctly:

- An academic research paper on Asian American issues, minimum of 8 pages in length. This can be any academic paper (in any field such as history, ethnography, literary criticism, sociology) which advances the knowledge on Asian Pacific American issues.

- Paper must have been written by the applicant during his/her time as a student at UIUC.

- A brief cover letter detailing when the paper was written and for what course (if applicable).

- One email recommendation submitted by any UIUC faculty member. This can be directed to Christine Lyke, Office Administrator for AAS, at

*Note: In order to ensure an anonymous reviewing process, no identifying information should appear on any portion of the paper except in the cover letter.

Applications and relevant documents are due Monday, March 6, 2017. Please submit all application documents electronically to:

Christine Lyke, Office Administrator,

For more information, contact the AAS at (217) 244-9530

The Jeffrey S. Tanaka Asian American Studies Grant

For Graduate Students, 2016-2017

Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The Asian American Studies Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is pleased to announce the availability of a graduate student research grant. The grant is designed to assist a graduate student with their research in areas directly relating to Asian American studies.

This research grant is named for Jeffrey S. Tanaka, a professor in the University of Illinois’ departments of Psychology and Educational Psychology until his untimely death in 1992. He was well known by his students for his generosity in mentoring graduate students.


(1) Any University of Illinois graduate student is eligible to apply, with preference given to dissertation writers.

(2) Grants are to be used to conduct research directly related to and which will contribute to

the field of Asian American Studies.

(3) The grants in the amount of up to $300.00 must be used for direct research expenses, including travel and material purchases. All expenditures are subject to University guidelines.

(4) The grant must be expended by August 14, 2017.

Application materials must include the following:

(1) A current scholarly curriculum vitae.

(2) A two to three page statement describing the research project and how it will contribute to Asian American Studies.

(3) One letter of support from faculty research advisor.

(4) A budget outlining the amount of funds requested, how the grant will be utilized (detailing other sources of support for the project), and expected project completion date.

These should be emailed directly to Christine Lyke, Office Administrator for AAS, at

Completed project, presentations, and any publications resulting from the project should include a clear acknowledgment of Asian American Studies Department support. Awardees will present their research by giving a research talk in Asian American Studies.

Application Deadline: Please submit application by Monday, March 6, 2017.


For more information, contact the AAS at (217) 244-9530