Richard Charles Lee Insights through Asia Challenge

Recent years have seen the rise of populism, mass mobilization, and the emergence of new social networks around the globe, especially throughout Asia. Yet the politics of mass protest and the contestation of shifting notions of belonging and exclusion have been central to Asia’s history for centuries. In 2019-20, ITAC invites students to propose research that focuses on one or more Asian sites to explore the theme: Protest and Belonging in Asia.

Big Ideas Competition: Exploring Global Taiwan

We are looking for motivated students to carry out their outstanding research and creative projects in Taiwan. Whether you are in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences, the Big Ideas Competition: Exploring Global Taiwan is an opportunity to create and experiment. For example, your project could be a documentary film about Taipei’s changing neighbourhoods; a study of the butterfly species endemic to the island or an investigation of Asia’s most vibrant democracy. We welcome proposals to create policy reports, journal articles, documentary films, events, or something else entirely!

Deadline for both programs: January 24, 2020 (draft proposal)
Please note the two-step application process

Draft proposal due January 24
Final application due February 12, following a proposal writing workshop (your team must submit both a draft and final proposal to apply)


  • Please email the following materials as a single PDF to:
    Shannon Garden-Smith, Research Coordinator, Asian Institute
    Email: | Phone: 416.946.5372COMPLETED ITAC and/or Exploring Global Taiwan APPLICATION FORM (available for download on the respective programs’ websites)
    (Including: Project Summary, Applicant Information, Itinerary, Budget & Budget Justification)
    ITAC and/or Exploring Global Taiwan PROPOSAL
  • Approximately 5 pages, double spaced, 11 or 12 point font (Following the instructions on the application form, please include these sections: Abstract, Question/Overview, Methodology, Literature Review, Aims/Deliverables)
  • CVs of all team members

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact:
Shannon Garden-Smith
Research Coordinator, Asian Institute

Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Rm. 103N-North House, 1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 3K7
Email: | Phone: 416.946.5372