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 a grant for $3000 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 Tanaka Student Research Fund, established with the generous support of the Tanaka Memorial Foundation in Tokyo, is designed to support independent fieldwork in Asia by Trinity students. This fieldwork may be part of a larger project, such as a senior thesis, or it may be a study that the student wishes to pursue out of his or her own intellectual curiosity and desire to better understand a particular aspect of the culture, economy, or politics of an Asian country.   

Application Procedure:

A complete application will consist of the following: 
  • A personal statement and project proposal; 
  • A preliminary schedule and budget; and   
  • A letter of support from a Trinity faculty member who will serve in some sort of advisory capacity for the project. 

Review Committee:

The review committee for the student research fund include:
  • Jeffrey Bayliss, Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of History, Chair
  • Reo Matsuzaki, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Xiangming Chen, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies
Questions about the student research fund should be directed to Professor Jeffrey Bayliss.  

Past Winners of the Tanaka Award