[Opportunity] 2022 Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library Resources Access Grant Program Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

As access to library collections continues to be restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is pleased to offer support for faculty and doctoral students in the field of East Asian Studies in Canada to conduct research. This program aims to provide equity and access to East Asian Studies resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Toronto Libraries constitute one of the largest academic and research libraries in North America, and the East Asian Studies collection is one of the most comprehensive in Canada. The purpose of the program is to assist scholars at institutions within Canada to access the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library’s electronic resources for research.

Grantees will be visiting scholars of the University of Toronto Libraries for one month of their choosing during the period of May to July 2022.

Learn about the research and experiences of our 2021 scholars.

Electronic Application for 2022


  • Faculty and doctoral students engaged in dissertation research on East Asia at other Canadian institutions who wish to utilize the East Asian collections at the University of Toronto Libraries for one month of their choosing during the period of May to July 2022. Priority consideration will be given to those at institutions that possess no or few library resources in East Asian languages.
  • Applicants do not have to be Canadian citizens, but they must be affiliated with a Canadian institution.

Number of Grants

A maximum of 3


Applications are due by 11:59pm ET, Sunday, January 23, 2022.

Application Process

The online application includes the following:

  • A brief statement (not to exceed 300 words) describing your research and the need to use the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library’s electronic resources related to East Asia
  • A list of electronic resources you would like to access (applicants must check availability of these resources in the University of Toronto Libraries’ online catalogue, or by contacting the relevant area librarian at the East Asian Library prior to submitting applications)
  • Current CV (to be submitted by email as an attachment)

Please format the subject line of your email and the filename of your CV as LASTNAME_First Name_CV_Grant. Accepted file formats include .doc, .docx, and .pdf.

Area Librarians

Contact information for the relevant area librarians can be found below:


All applicants will be notified of the status of their applications on or before February 13, 2022.


Within 14 days following the completion of the access period, grantees are required to electronically submit a report to the East Asian Library detailing the work carried out during the grant period.

Reports arising from this grant program will be deposited into TSpace, the University of Toronto’s research repository, and made available open access through the platform. Authors will retain full copyright over their work. Reports produced by past grantees can be viewed in our TSpace collection.


Please contact Hana Kim, Director, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library at hn.kim@utoronto.ca.

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