New Asia initiative offers grant

By David Lim

Deans announced in class meetings last week a new summer fellowship intended to “broaden and deepen the student’s understanding of Asian culture, history, and/or society,” according to an official description of the grant. The Gunter-Gross Asia Initiative, an Asian studies program launched last year, will award up to $3,500 to the winning sophomore or junior, that may or may not be used for travel.

Department Chair Larry Klein, who designed the fellowship with the Kutler Center, said he modeled it to serve as “a companion” to the Junior Fellowship. The Junior Fellowship has sent juniors around the world on self-designed projects. Proposals are due March 19 to the applicant’s dean. The winner of the fellowship will be announced at the end-of-year Awards Assembly.