Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs), administered by the Dean of the College, provide funding in support of teaching or research projects conducted either in the summer months or during the academic year (and sometimes both). Application deadlines are in very early May for projects that begin the following fall semester; in mid-November for spring-semester proposals, and in early February for projects that will span the summer months. UTRAs often take the form of collaborative projects in which faculty and students work closely on a research problem, on the development of a new courses; projects that combine research and curricular developments are quite common as well.
Global Independent Study Projects (GLISPs), administered by the Office of International Programs, allow students to collaborate with a Brown faculty member to develop a project that the student will pursue while studying abroad. Recent projects in East Asia have ranged from one that focused on financial institutions and entrepreuenship in China to another that explored musical culture and drumming in Japan. Succesfully completed projects are treated as the equivalent of a single Brown course, for which the appropriate academic credit is awarded.
UTRAs and GLISPs alike are useful resources for students with an interest in East Asia, and we would encourage potential applicants - even if you're just starting to think about applying - to get in touch with potential faculty sponsors as early as possible.