APARRI Collaborative Grants


We invite proposals for collaborative projects between APA religion scholars and APA faith communities that focus on APA religions. One of APARRI’s distinctive features is the active inclusion of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and faith leaders.

APARRI collaborative projects should incorporate multiple points of view and pursue new avenues of inquiry related to Asian Pacific Americans and religion. Collaborators may come from one or more institutions. Proposals may incorporate either singular or interdisciplinary approaches. International collaboration is allowed, but the project should be primarily anchored in the United States, and the Project Director must be based at a U.S. institution.

Proposed collaborative projects must result in tangible, sustainable outcomes, such as K-12 curricula, an open-access website or other digital resource, an art exhibit, performance, speaker series, workshop, conference, digital publications, a co-authored or multi-authored book, a themed issue of a peer-reviewed journal, a series of peer-reviewed articles, and more. All project outcomes must incorporate collaboration to address significant questions or issues related to Asian Pacific Americans and religion.

APARRI strives to create a robust intellectual community; therefore, the Project Director or designated project representatives must attend and present results at an annual APARRI conference within one year of project completion. Group members may co-present about the collaboration at an APARRI conference, and these individuals may apply for APARRI conference scholarships to defray travel and lodging costs.

The grant period is from May 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025, and all grant funds must be spent by September 1, 2025. The final grant report on how funds were spent and collaborative group activities will also be due September 1, 2025. The Project Director will be responsible for all correspondence with APARRI and final reporting.

Grants will range from small grants of $7,500 or less, and large grants of up to $20,000 (USD). Due to the competitive selection process, the final amount awarded may vary and may not match the requested amount.

APARRI Collaborative Grants


  • The collaborative project focus must be on Asian Pacific American religions or Asian Pacific American religious communities.
  • The collaborative proposal must be submitted by a full-time faculty member affiliated with a U.S. institution, who is designated as the Project Director.
  • The Project Director must have a U.S. academic institutional affiliation with guarantee of financial support and accounting assistance during the grant period.
  • Project Directors must have completed a doctorate (Ph.D. or terminal doctoral degree).
  • Collaborative groups must include at least three members. There is no upper limit to the number of people involved in a collaborative project.
  • Not all project collaborators need to have attended an APARRI conference or event in the past.
  • You cannot be in more than one collaborative proposal (per cycle).

We encourage:

  • First-time applicants.
  • Independent scholars, graduate students, and relevant staff, such as chaplains, to be members of the collaboration.
  • Interdisciplinary, interethnic, and interreligious collaborations.
  • In-person meetings.

Application Guidelines

The Project Director must submit the application form and required materials through the online APARRI grant application submission system. Late, emailed, or incomplete applications or materials cannot be accepted.

The Project Director should submit the required information and materials on the APARRI submission portal:

  • Cover Page with the following information in a single document in PDF or Word format:
    • Project Director’s name
    • Project Director’s institutional affiliation
    • Project title
    • Grant type (small or large): Small grants have a proposed budget of $7,500 or less. Large grants have a proposed budget of $7,501 or more, up to $20,000.
    • Requested grant amount (USD)
    • Full names and titles of all collaborators
    • Abstract describing the collaboration goals and project (50 words or less)
    • Product(s) or deliverable(s) (50 words or less)
  • Proposal Narrative: No more than 7 pages, inclusive of any footnotes or endnotes, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font, in PDF or Word format. Please use the following subheadings and sections:
    • Description of proposed collaboration with details about the aims and significance of collaboration
    • Brief description of the role of each collaborator
    • Description of product(s) or deliverable(s)
    • Timeline for Collaboration and Dissemination
      should include plans for sharing results of collaboration with the partnering organization and/or community, disseminating collaboration results or output to the wider public, and/or submitting results to academic or non-trade publications or outlets.
    • Project budget (with amounts in USD)
    • Explanation of budget expenses
  • Letter from primary faith/community collaborator(s) confirming their commitment in proposed collaboration (2-page limit)
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume (2-page limit per individual) for each member: Project Director and each collaborator
  • Financial Administrator contact information
  • Other Sources of Support (e.g., funds granted by your institution, funds requested from outside agencies or other organizations)

Additional materials will not be considered.

Deadline: January 5, 2024 11:59 PM PST

Evaluation Criteria

APARRI Collaborative Grants are intended to support collaboration between scholars and community and faith leaders who have a clearly identified project that advances knowledge of APA religions. All eligible grant proposals will be reviewed and assessed by the APARRI Managing Board and Collaborative Grant reviewers using the following criteria:

  1. Clarity and focus of the proposed collaboration.
  2. The potential to advance the public or scholarly knowledge of Asian Pacific American religions, especially of groups that are underrepresented in the field.
  3. Feasibility of the collaboration and proposed activities, including achievable goals or objectives, reasonable budget, and realistic timeline for completion of the proposed activities and deliverable(s) or product(s).
  4. The potential to foster interdisciplinary, interethnic, and/or interreligious perspectives about APA religions or APA faith communities.

Review the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Submit an Application
To apply, click the APPLY button (on the right) which will take you to our online grant application submission system.


  • Supplies, in-person gatherings (including food and lodging), travel, networking, and communication to support small meetings designed to advance collaboration goals
  • Childcare and elder care. These costs should not exceed 10% of the total project budget.
  • Indirect or Overhead Costs from home institution of Project Director
  • Supplemental and summer salary and/or release time for Project Director or group members
  • Stipends for writing this or other grant proposals
  • Administrative (indirect or overhead) costs from community or faith organizations
  • Computer equipment, e-tablets, and office furniture
  • Dissertation research
  • Food delivered to homes or food to be consumed while meeting online
  • Publication or subvention costs
  • Fees for WiFi or other home utilities
  • Travel, meals, lodging expenses for family and friends
  • Travel for Project Director’s or group members’ attendance at disciplinary or professional conferences (including APARRI) to present on collaboration or research

No. The Project Director must have an academic institutional affiliation in the United States in order to qualify for grant.

No; you can only participate in one APARRI collaborative grant proposal. If you appear on multiple collaborative proposals, you may disqualify those proposals from consideration

Yes, you may submit a proposal to more than one APARRI grant program. You should indicate on the online proposal form if you or other members of the collaboration have previously received other APARRI grants (working group or research).

Yes. For a collaborative grant, only the Project Director must have a doctorate.

APARRI Collaborative Grants will be disbursed as a sub-award to the Project Director’s institution based on invoices for reimbursement. Please note that we do not allow for indirect costs from the Project Director’s institution or any partnering community organization.

Yes. When submitting your budget proposal, please include information about any other sources of funding or possible funding.

There is no citizenship requirement for the APARRI Collaborative Grant. However, the primary focus must be on Asian Pacific Americans, their religions, and faith communities in the United States. International scholars or faith leaders are allowed to participate in collaborations, but the focus and majority of the collaboration group members should be based in the United States.

The grant period is May 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025. Funds are available based on timely completion of financial information. Please plan for the processing of financial information to take between 6 to 10 weeks. Collaboration expenses and activities can be undertaken anytime within the calendar year of the award year. All grant funds must be spent no later than August 31, 2025. Grant activities and disbursement and expenditure of grant funds must be completed by September 1, 2025. By September 1, 2025, the Project Director must also submit the final grant report detailing collaborative group activities, product(s) or deliverable(s), along with an expense report on how funds were spent. Final report should be no longer than 5 pages, in Times New Roman, 11-point, double-spaced.

Applications are currently being accepted. Completed applications must be submitted through the APARRI online grant administration system no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time, January 5, 2024.

No. Alterations are not permitted once the application has been submitted.

Notifications will be sent via email by mid-March 2024.

Grant Snapshot


APARRI Collaborative Grants are intended to support collaboration between scholars, communities, and faith leaders who have a clearly identified project that advances knowledge of APA religions or APA faith communities. We invite applications to pursue collaborations on Asian Pacific American religions across all disciplines and faith communities. Collaborative groups are expected to produce a tangible product that furthers the scholarly and public knowledge of APA religions, such as K-12 curricula, an open-access website or other digital resource, an art exhibit, performance, speaker series, workshop, conference, podcast series, public symposium, digital or print publications, or other products.

Maximum Award Amount: $20,000 for large grants; $7,500 for small grants.

Deadline: January 5, 2024, 11:59 pm PST

Contact: infoaparri@gmail.com

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