Tanaka Research-Study Grant in Asia

Student Grant:  Funds from the Tanaka Memorial Foundation support one 8-10 week, $3,500 student grant for research, study, or internship in Asia during the summer.


Application Deadline: 2 March 2015 Student Research General Application

The Tanaka Research-Study Grant is designed to enable students to conduct a research project, internship or other study in Asia for 8-10 weeks. Preference given to students with strong backgrounds in Asian studies and East Asian languages.

Eligibility. Sophomores and juniors whose academic program will be advanced by research, internship, or study in Asia may apply.  Preference is given to student working in Asian studies, Asian language study, and especially to those pursuing research or study in Asia related to senior theses. Those wishing to pursue an internship must secure the position before they apply. Projects may be conducted in advance of or following a study-abroad program, but should have a Bates faculty member as either primary or secondary advisor. The grant is designed to support 8-10 weeks of full-time summer work.

Students applying for a Tanaka Research Study Grant should complete the following:

(1) an application form for STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS (available in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, 121 Lane Hall or online.

(2) On a separate sheet, the applicant should provide a one-paragraph abstract describing the research questions and project goals.

(3) a project description of NOT MORE THAN 2 DOUBLE-SPACED pages outlining methodology and timetable, relevance to the student’s academic program, the student’s qualifications for the research, and a detailed budget.

(4) a short list of bibliographic resources (4-5 references).

Letters of Support. The proposal must be accompanied by a letter of support from the project advisor, usually a Bates faculty member. If the summer project advisor is NOT a Bates faculty member, a letter of support is required from the off-campus advisor in addition to a letter of recommendation from a Bates faculty member. Letters of support are due the same day as the application deadline.

Deadline and Review: All materials are due in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, 121 Lane Hall.  PLEASE submit your ORIGINAL PAPERWORK AND 5 COPIES of the APPLICATION FORM AND 5 COPIES of the ENTIRE PROPOSAL for a TOTAL of 6 COMPLETE PACKETS. Proposal are reviewed by the Student Research Committee.

More Important Information

  • Because the goal of summer grant programs is to contribute to a student’s academic success and persistence at Bates, all summer funding is contingent upon a student maintaining a G.P.A. of at least 2.0.
  • You can not use research grant funding to participate in a credit-earning summer academic program or receive academic credit for summer research.
  • This is a research project that involves a full-time (up to 40 hours per week) commitment for eight to ten weeks; therefore you cannot earn additional funds at the College.
  • Tanaka Memorial Research Grant recipients are expected to submit an abstract and a brief progress (two pages) report on their work to the Dean of the Faculty’s Office within two weeks of finishing their project .
  • All students are required to present their research during the Parents Weekend Poster Session unless they are studying off campus in the fall.  If you are off campus in the fall, it is your responsibility to inform Alison Keegan (akeegan@bates.edu) of your situation.
  • Any future grants from this office are contingent upon these requirements.

If you have questions about the Tanaka Memorial Research Grant, please contact Kerry O’Brien at kobrien@bates.edu, 786-6065.