APARRI Research Grants


The Asia Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI) Research Grant supports scholarship that advances the scholarly and public knowledge of Asian Pacific American religions. We invite applications from scholars pursuing research on Asian Pacific American religions across all disciplines; this includes social sciences, humanities, theology, and interdisciplinary work. For the 2022-23 grant cycle, we are especially interested in supporting projects that offer a comparative or inter-religious/racial/ethnic lens, focus on underrepresented groups in the field (e.g. Pacific Islanders, South Asian Americans, Sikhs, Hindus, etc.), or proposals from junior scholars.

The ultimate goal of the project should be a scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, article, dissertation, digital research project, critical edition, or other scholarly resources. The grant supports projects at any stage of development. This grant does not fund works of fiction (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, translation, or pedagogical projects.

Funds can be used to complete an entire project, to provide seed money to start a larger project, or to accomplish smaller tasks of a larger project. (See FAQs for list of activities and items eligible for funding)

Faculty may request funds for a sabbatical or replacement costs for course releases, contingent on approval of the department chair and/or dean at the faculty’s institution. (See below for more details)

The maximum amount of each award is $30,000. Due to the competitive selection process, the final amount awarded may vary and may not match the requested amount.

APARRI strives to create a robust intellectual community; therefore, all grant awardees are required to fully participate in at least one APARRI conference within the grant period to share their project activities and/or present a summary of their deliverables. Grantees may include the cost of attending the APARRI conference in their funding requests.

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APARRI Research Grants


  1. Those with doctorates or who are doctoral students.
  2. Those who propose projects with an Asian Pacific American religions focus.

Application Guidelines

Applications must be submitted online and must include:
  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (no more than 10 pages, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font, inclusive of any footnotes or endnotes). Please use the following subheadings:
    • Title
    • Abstract (max of 350 words)
    • Goals
    • Significance of project
    • Description of project
    • Methodology
    • Product/Deliverable
    • Timeline
    • Bibliography (without annotation, no more than two pages)
    • Budget, including other potential sources of funding (if relevant), with budget justification (2 page limit)
  • CV (5 page limit)
  • A polished academic writing sample (no more than 25 pages total). This sample may be from previously published work.
  • For faculty requesting research leave or course release, letter of support from chair or dean

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  1. The potential of the project to advance and make an original contribution to the scholarly and public knowledge of Asian Pacific American religions, especially of groups that are underrepresented in the field.
  2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
  3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed time frame and budget.
  4. The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant.


  • Travel, meals, lodging for research trips
  • Research leaves
  • Course releases
  • Research assistance
  • Research-related expenses such as indexing, editorial assistance, manuscript workshops, or books
  • Research assistance
  • Equipment directly related to research (excluding computer equipment, tablets, and office furniture)
  • Attending APARRI Conference
  • Childcare and elder care. These costs may be up to 10% of the total project budget.
  • Computer equipment, tablets, and office furniture
  • Food delivered to homes or food to be consumed while meeting online
  • Stipends for writing the grant proposal
  • Fees for wifi or other home utilities
  • Travel, meals, lodging expenses for family and friends
For faculty applying for sabbatical pay, the total amount of support the grantee receives from their home institution and other sources, including the APARRI grant, may not exceed the candidate’s 2023 academic year salary.

APARRI research awards will be disbursed to an individual in the form of a single check. APARRI research grants will not be disbursed to institutions, unless related to a course replacement or sabbatical. APARRI awards are subject to taxability. Grantees are responsible for all tax reporting on their rewards.

There is no citizenship requirement for the APARRI Research Grant. However, the primary focus of research must be on Asian Pacific Americans and their religions.

Yes. An APARRI grant may be used concurrently with other fellowships, grants and sabbatical pay.

Funds will be disbursed based on timely completion of financial information and will be available no sooner than March 15, 2023. Grant activities and use of funds must be completed no later than June 30, 2024.

APARRI will begin accepting applications October 15, 2022. Completed applications must be submitted through the APARRI online grant administration system no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time, November 15, 2022.

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

Notifications will be sent via email by mid-January 2023.

Grant Snapshot


The APARRI Research Grant supports scholarship that advances the scholarly and public knowledge of Asian Pacific American religions. We invite applications from scholars pursuing research on Asian Pacific American religions across all disciplines. We welcome proposals from anyone with a doctorate or who is pursuing a doctorate.

Maximum Award Amount: $30,000

Deadline: TBA

Contact: infoaparri@gmail.com

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