To deepen research, develop partnerships, participate in networking activities, and engage in creative projects, EnviroLab Asia supports activities that are related to the guiding principles and objectives of the grant, but may not fit within the confines of its formal components. Types of support include funding for class speakers, conference travel, production of publications or other products and/or special events.  

The following is a description of funding opportunities available for 2018-2019. A Google calendar with application due dates can be downloaded here. Google Forms is used to manage the applications. If you do not have a google account, please contact Karin Mak (kmak[at]cmc.edu) for application materials.


Opportunity Description Application Due Dates
Conference Travel Fund Open to 5C faculty/staff/students who are interested in attending a conference that addresses environmental issues in Asia. Applicant may be a conference presenter or participant. The fund covers travel costs (airfare, lodging, ground transportation, and per diem) for up to $1500 per traveler for travel taking place July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

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This fund is temporarily closed.



Research Labs Open to 5C faculty/staff who are interested in working collaboratively across 5-C campuses and across disciplines to study environmental issue(s) in East or Southeast Asia. The concept for the Research Labs was born out of an expressed need for a flexible framework that best suited the skills, expertise, and interests of faculty/staff. Research Labs will produce at least 1 final academic product, such as a working paper, article, book, art piece, etc.

Funding for 2 Research Labs, composed of 4 faculty/staff, are available each year, starting academic year 2018-2019. Each Research Lab will receive: $10,000 for stipends, and $15,000 in support (for supplies/travel/funds to hire students as research assistants).

We look to fund Research Labs that meet the guiding principles of EnviroLab Asia, especially cross-disciplinary and cross-campus collaborations.

Apply here:


February 1, 2019 for research beginning July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.
Research Pods Open to 5C faculty/staff who are interested in exploring a collaboration with other faculty/staff. “Research Pods” are given nominal funds to informally gather to explore a topic or collaboration. Funds may go towards lunch, coffee, books, and/or group field trips, etc. Each pod should ideally have 4 members from different campuses and different disciplines. Funds of up to $500 are allotted to each pod. The goal is to spark creative collaboration and support the potential to create Research Labs. Research Pods will be asked to write a 1-page summary of activities and outcomes.

Apply here:

February 1, 2019



Manuscript Review Open to 5C faculty/staff who are working on finalizing any type of academic product (journal article, publication, book, etc.). This fund supports the invitation of a professional academic or expert to formally review a draft of an academic product with other faculty and students.

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  • 9/14/18
  • 12/14/18
  • 1/25/19
  • 5/10/19


Subvention Fund Open to 5C faculty/staff to support the production of any academic product (manuscript, journal article, book, art project, etc.). For example, funds may be used for copy editing or indexing. Funding is available for up to $2,000 and available to be used until June 30, 2019.

Apply here:


  • 9/14/18
  • 12/14/18
  • 1/25/19
  • 3/29/19


EnviroLab Asia, Online Journal Open to 5C faculty/staff/students to submit their research for publication on the site: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/envirolabasia/vol1/iss1/1/.

Contact Char Miller, Editor, for more information.

Course Development or Redevelopment Award Open to 5C faculty to develop a new course or redevelop an existing course that addresses environmental issues in Asia. Faculty will receive a $3,000 stipend to redevelop an existing course, and $6,000 to a develop a new course.


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February 1, 2019 for Fall 2020 Courses
Continuing Class Fund Open to 5C faculty/staff who have previously received a Course Development or Redevelopment Award. This fund supports activities that enable the class to continue to engage with topics related to environmental issues in Asia. Funds may go to support field trips, guest speakers, and other activities.

Apply here: 

March 29, 2019



Guiding principles of EnviroLab Asia, summarized below:

  • Create a space for the production of new knowledge about the interaction between nature, the built environment, and human populations in Asia
  • Utilize cross-disciplinary approaches
  • Encourage 5C exchanges between and across campuses, utilize the current resources at the Claremont Colleges, and/or encourage community-building between and among 5C campus communities
  • Increase faculty and students’ capacities to effectively influence debates on environmental issues as well as present innovative solutions to challenges resulting from environmental problems.