EnviroLab Asia supports activities that deepen research, develop partnerships, encourage networking, and engage in creative thinking. 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 (for iCal users). A public calendar may be viewed here. Google Forms is used to manage the applications. If you do not have a google account, please contact Karin Mak (kmak@cmc.edu) for application materials.

To support research and scholarship on environmental issues in Asia, the following opportunities are available for 5C community:


Opportunity Description Deadline
Events and Program Funding Requests

EnviroLab Asia supports 5C events that educate campus communities about environmental issues in East and Southeast Asia.

Application information:

  • 2/22/19
  • 3/15/19
  • 4/19/19
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.

Apply here:

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 22, 2019 (extended from February 1) 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 22, 2019 (extended from February 1)
Student-Faculty/Staff Summer Research Application

Open to 5C students, faculty, or staff, however, the summer research project must be a collaboration between students and a faculty or staff member. We will not support student-only, faculty-only, or staff-only projects.We look to fund projects that range from $2,000-$4,000, and projects may include travel to Asia to conduct research. Team members of the Summer Research Projects must deliver an academic product (art work, video, presentation, article, etc.) by the following Fall semester. Graduating seniors are also eligible to participate, though they must be able to complete the academic product.

Application information:

February 8, 2019
Call for Proposals to Lead a Class Clinic Lab

Open to 5C faculty/staff who are interested in leading a Class Clinic Lab for Korea (May 2020) or China (May 2021).

More information:

February 15, 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.

Apply here:


  • 1/25/19
  • 3/29/19
  • 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:


  • 1/25/19
  • 3/29/19
  • 5/10/19


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.


Apply here:

February 8, 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.



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