University of Minnesota
Consortium for the Study of the Asias

Department Name


Mapping Transitions through the Vehicle of the Arts

Call for Proposals




Mapping Transitions through the Vehicle of the Arts has received generous funding from the Luce Foundation to strengthen partnerships across institutions, both within Minnesota and between Minnesota and China that are sustainable beyond the funding time frame of the grant.  These partnerships are focused on faculty collaboration between Asianists in teaching, and student collaboration in learning. Participating institutions include the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, St. Olaf College, University of St. Thomas, Macalester College, and College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University. In building these partnerships, we will develop a comprehensive strategy for continuing and expanding connections and collaboration in the field of Chinese art. 

By organizing activities around the theme of transition, we focus our collaborative activities and build a common language for developing and consolidating relationships among each other, with art organizations in the Twin Cities, and with Chinese colleagues and institutions. The initiatives of the grant are grounded in the examination of cultural, social, and economic transitions, both historical and contemporary, as they apply to artistic education, practice, and exhibition in China.

The Institute for Global Studies, in collaboration with the Consortium for the Study of the Asias, at the University of Minnesota invites degree-seeking, advanced undergraduates and graduate students to submit proposals for innovative, paid internship opportunities, where the student, under the supervision of a faculty member, creates a research or artistic project as a means to further promote the collaborations detailed above.  Proposals should seek to build relationships between the student and scholars and/or artists from China and/or the Twin Cities, and to link experiential learning to the student’s coursework.  Applicants may also pursue opportunities at art institutions outside of their university.  Please note, however, that it is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange and secure internship positions directly with these institutions.  Internships may be eligible for credit at some institutions.  Please see your advisor for specific requirements. 

Funds available:

  • Undergraduate students: up to $3,000 for the project period.  Up to $2,000 for individual stipend and up to $1,000 for project supplies and expenses.
  • Graduate students: up to $6,000 for the project period. Up to $4,000 for individual stipend and up to $2,000 for project supplies and expenses.

Proposal Requirements:

Proposals should consist of a cover form and student narrative of not more than 2 pages, 12-point font, single-spaced, addressing the following:

  • Nature of the internship including location, if applicable;
  • Ways in which the project addresses the goals of Mapping Transitions;
  • Additional sources of support (e.g., travel grant);
  • Expected impact of internship on future educational and career development.

A letter of support from the supervising faculty member should accompany proposals.  If an applicant will hold an internship position at an outside institution, a letter from the proposed internship site indicating willingness to host the internship is also required. 

Applicants should provide a budget detailing expenses related to their proposal, including the anticipated number of hours devoted to the project.  Stipend amounts will be awarded based on the estimated hours outlined in the budget and the duration of the project period.  Travel may not be included as a budgetary expense.  Applicants may, however, use their stipend to cover the cost of travel.

To apply, please submit all proposal materials electronically to the Consortium for the Studies of the Asias at


Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis with the following deadlines and corresponding funding periods:

  • Application deadline:  September 1, 2014
    • Funding period:  Fall 2014 Semester
  • Application deadline:  November 1, 2014
    • Funding period:  Spring 2015 Semester
  • Application deadline:  March 1, 2015
    • Funding period:  Summer 2015 Semester

For additional information, please contact the Consortium for the Studies of the Asias at