CALL FOR IDEAS 2017-2018


The Richard Charles Lee Insights through Asia Challenge (ITAC) is a flagship experiential learning program at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs.

This year, ITAC invites students to research the theme of MOBILITIES in Asia today. We call on ALL U OF T STUDENTS (UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE) who want to apply classroom learning to fieldwork in Asia. Students are welcome to apply as individuals or in small teams and can propose to create their field research as a policy report, a journal article, a documentary film, a large-scale event, or something else entirely. Award amounts are normally $2000-$7000.

Most importantly, projects must be fully grounded in academic research. Projects may address issues relevant to particular localities in East, Southeast, or South Asia, or issues connecting multiple places. These projects should address a specific issue within the broad theme of mobilities (e.g., circulations of people, commodities, money, ideas and ideologies) in the context of larger forces (e.g., global markets, socio-politics, emerging technologies and digital spaces, the environment, health, etc.).

Students will prepare for the challenge through several workshops providing feedback and guidance from faculty and advisors between January 2017 and April 2018. From May to July, students will have the opportunity to travel to Asia for up to 21 days to conduct research and put their proposals into action. In August, students will write up their final reports. The program will culminate in September 2018 with public presentations by student awardees at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Draft Proposal Submission Deadline: January 10, 2018, 4:00PM

Final Application: January 31, 2018, 4:00PM

For more information visit:

 me with any questions: Shannon Garden-Smith

Assistant to the Director; Special Projects Coordinator Asian Institute

1 Devonshire Place, Room 227N

Munk School of Global Affairs