Tanaka Research Fund

In 2002 Trinity was awarded a generous grant by the Tanaka Memorial Foundation establishing an endowed fund to allow students to pursue formal research projects abroad, with a special focus on Asia, during the months of July and August. Typically one grant, ranging from $3,000 to $4,000 in total, is awarded each year for the proposal deemed most feasible and relevant to the wider academic interests of the applicant. 

Student projects funded in recent years include:

  • A study of ethnic Lhotshampa refugees in Nepal.

  • An exploration of the consequenes of the One Child Policy in China.

  • A study of the treatment of orphans in North and South Korea.

  • An examination of women's roles in Japan and China through the lens of women's Olympic wrestling.

  • An investigation of the social and economic impact of emigration on Fuzhounese villages in China.

  • A first-hand study of the impact of large-scale transport infrastructure development leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympics on subsequent commuting and residential life in Beijing, China.

The application deadline for the grant to be used in July and August of 2014 is Friday, April 11, 2014.

Click here for the Tanaka Grant guidelines.

Questions about the student research fund should be directed to Associate Professor of History Jeffrey Bayliss (x4018).


Review Committee

The review committee for the student research fund consists of

  • Jeffrey Bayliss, Charles A. Dana research associate professor of history

  • Rieko Wagoner, principal lecturer in Japanese language

  • Xiangming Chen, dean of the Center for Urban and Global Studies


Sample Work from Past Awards

2012 Grant Recipient  

Gaurav Inder S. Toor '14 for "Development in Chongquin" 

2011 Grant Recipients

Amelia E. Wei for "The Efficiency of Humanitarian Organizations' Supply Chain in Japan"

Chang Liu '12 for Balancing "Urbanization and Food Security in China:  An Evaluation on the Land Ticket Policy of Chongqing"

2010 Grant Recipients

Yuan Mei '12 for "A Comparative Study of Foreign Communities in Two Secondary Cities in China"

Rebecca Carolyn Tompkins '11 for "An Investigation of Japanese Perceptions of Justice"