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Ichimore Student Research Award

The 21st Century China Center is pleased to announce the establishment of the Ichimore Student Research Award (ISRA). This Award is generously funded by The Hong Kong Tohkin International Company through UC San Diego alumnus Wayne Rong, class of 2002. 

About the award

ISRA supports research activities by current UC San Diego students (individuals or groups) that are focused on the study of mainland China, Taiwan and overseas Chinese communities. The subject matter can include politics, economy, society and culture, and international relations. Applications will be accepted from any discipline, and preference will be given to graduate students for projects on the post-1949 period.

ISRA is not a travel grant for students’ own travel to conferences or research workshops outside of San Diego. Instead, the award can be used to offset expenses incurred for organizing research activities such as thesis or book conferences, research workshops or methodological discussions that are important for the students’ research. Students will receive awards as a stipend to cover the cost of the proposed research activities.

Current Awardees

China’s Rise and Foreign Policy Revisionism in the Era of Pandemic Politics: Evidence from a Survey Experiment
Investigators D.G. (Daegyeong) Kim and Sichen Li, Political Science PhD students are fielding a follow-up survey experiment to their study “COVID-19 and Chinese Public Opinion on U.S.-China Relations.”

Regulating Culture: a Study of Music Censorship in China
Investigator Ke Nie, Sociology Ph.D. student, is conducting a case study of censorship of Chinese hip-hop using an original dataset of over 20,000 songs to understand how production strategies respond to political economic dynamics. 

Application Process

The amount of award will range from $500-$2,000 per project. Each application should list two faculty sponsors, one of whom is a member of the 21st Century China Center. No recommendation letter is necessary, but the faculty sponsor may be contacted for further information about the proposed project.

There are two application cycles in each academic year. Applications are to be reviewed in the order they are received until the funds are exhausted. The proposed project should take place within twelve months of receiving the award.

  • Fall deadline: Oct. 15 – Dec. 1
  • Spring deadline: March 15 – May 1

Students must submit the following information via an online application form:

  1. Project description (no more than 500 words), including timetable and activities
  2. Budget estimate and justification
  3. Curriculum vitae/resume of project leader(s)
  4. Names and contact information for the faculty sponsors

2020 Application

The center is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Ichimore Student Research Award and we will consider applications on a rolling deadline, starting on Oct. 15, 2020, until funds are exhausted for this cycle.

Please use this online form to submit your application.