[Scholarships offered for this program]
——— For Doctoral Studies Only ———
Sponsored by the United Board, IASACT 2017 will be wholly organized by the Divinity School of Chung Chi College in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (DSCCC) for the third year. DSCCC is the only theological education institution within a Chinese public university and aims at enhancing collaboration with other seminaries in other parts of the world. It is a scholar hub for theology, cultural and religious studies in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas academic communities.
IASACT is a four-week residential program that provides space and time for scholars to deepen their understanding of theologies and traditions. Participants undertake research and writing in the broad area of Asian cultures and theologies and complete a working paper while in residence. Excursions will be arranged to indulge participants with the local cultures.
In providing this opportunity, IASACT aims to:
• Strengthen theological education in worldwide Christian universities and colleges;
• Encourage cross-disciplinary as well as inter-religious discussions; and
• Enable scholars from different countries or of different nationalities to work together toward an intra-Asian theological understanding.
Program brochure: iasact-2017-pamphlet
• Scholars in Asian religions, theologies, or cultures,
• Completed doctoral studies or be in the process of writing dissertations,
• Currently affiliated with an institution of higher education.
• Arrival: 11 June 2017 (Sunday)
• Opening: 12 June 2017 (Monday)
• Departure: 8 July 2017 (Saturday)
PROGRAM & ACTIVITIES
Each scholar will be assigned a primary mentor, who will be available for consultation. While mentors do not oversee the work of scholars, they can be a valuable source of advice and help.
Scholars will be housed at the Theology Building in the Divinity School of Chung Chi College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, located in Shatin, New Territories.
– Each scholar will have a single air-conditioned room with internet connection. (Scholars are expected to bring their own laptops.)
– Men and women will be housed on separate floors. Each floor has a number of washrooms, showers and toilets.
• Weekly Schedule
– From Week One on, scholars conduct their individual research and writing.
– In every day afternoon except Saturday and Sunday, each scholar will present their research projects in a seminar for comments and floor discussion with peers and mentors. Each session lasts no more than two hours. These sessions are intended to encourage each scholar in his/her research and provide helpful suggestions. The presentation and discussion will be conducted in English.
– Fridays and Saturdays are scheduled for enrichment activities such as excursions and visits to places of interest in Hong Kong.
– Weekends are free for personal visits and worship in local churches.
EXPENSES & ALLOWANCES
• IASACT will pay for the room and meal expenses of scholars from Asian institutions.
• Scholars are encouraged to cover the costs of their air tickets and related travel expenses.
• A limited number of transportation subsidies are available upon request.
• IASACT will provide a stipend of US$800 to cover basic costs related to research and writing as well as for meals during weekends.
• Research Proposal : What I want to accomplish in the four-week program, with a publishable paper as an output. (About 3 to 5-page proposal for a dissertation section, chapter of a book, conference paper, monograph, or any other academic material intended for publication.)
• Letter of Recommendation (from head of institution and/or head of your department, identifying your teaching position AND acknowledging your leave of absence for the purpose of participating in the Institute for Advanced Study in Asian Cultures and Theologies)
• Letter of Enrollment from faculty
• Letter of Nomination from faculty (*addressed to Head of Office of International Affairs)
• Official academic transcript
• Curriculum Vitae
• Motivation Letter
• Colored copy of passport
• Passport-size photo (4 pieces, white background color, taken within the past three months)
• English language proficiency (Min. Score of TOEFL – ITP=530, IELTS 6.0 or iBT 80)
1) Submit the aforementioned documents to Office of International Affairs, UGM (Bulaksumur F-13) for internal review.
2) OIA staffs will evaluate your application.
3) Once you are selected as Nominated Student, OIA will send your application to Divinity School of Chung Chi College in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (DSCCC) as for host university selection.
4) FINAL decision from Divinity School of Chung Chi College in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (DSCCC).
Please send all documents above in 2 COPIES to Office of International Affairs, UGM (Bulaksumur Block F-13) no later than January 2, 2017.