ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau

Connecting ASIANetwork Scholars and Institutions
Application Deadline:  September 30, 2020
For the 2020 – 2021 Academic Year
(Awardee colleges for 2020-21 may postpone events in response to COVID-19.)

speakers-icon-2012-AN-Conf-07Program Overview
The ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau opens the rich storehouse of scholarly expertise within ASIANetwork to member institutions (categories 1 & 2). Composed of peer-nominated Asian Studies scholars with expertise in Asian history, language, culture, art, society, and contemporary affairs, the bureau reflects the breadth of knowledge and experience of our members.  See Speakers List.

ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau Grants provide awarded institutions $1,500 to bring an ASIANetwork Speaker to their campus. The program provides up to five awards each year.

Upon receiving an award, the institution identifies and invites a speaker to its campus as part of a campus lecture series, class, symposium, conference, or other event. Awarded institutions receive the $1,500 grant to defray expenses related to the speaker’s travel and stay. By accepting the grant, a host institution agrees to initiate arrangements and to provide for the speaker as needed: (1) transportation (airfare, car rental, or mileage), (2) ground transportation and airport parking, (3) lodging, (4) meals, and (5) a minimum $500 honorarium. The speaker should not assume any expenses related to participation in this program. Following the visit, the host institution agrees to submit a brief written report to ASIANetwork.

Only current U.S. ASIANetwork member institutions (Category I and II)  that were members in the prior year are eligible. Please visit our membership benefits page for information on how to join ASIANetwork.

Application and Important Dates for 2020-2021

  • Application Deadline: September 30, 2020
  • Notification of grant awards: October 20, 2020
  • Host institution submits copy of IRS non-profit certification to AN: October 31, 2020
  • Host institutions receive $1,500 award check: early December 2020
  • Host institutions identify, invite, and host a bureau speaker: November 2020 – May 2021
  • Host institutions submit post-visit report: One month after the speaker’s campus visit

Program Director
Robert Dayley, The College of Idaho,