2021 Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library Resources Access Grant Program Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

While access to library collections continues to be restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is pleased to be able to offer support for faculty and doctoral students in the field of East Asian Studies in Canada to conduct research. This is a pilot program of the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library that 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 this pilot program is to assist scholars at institutions within Canada to access the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library’s resources for research. Grantees will be visiting scholars of the University of Toronto Libraries for the month of March 2021.

Electronic Application for 2021


  • Faculty and doctoral students engaged in dissertation research of East Asia at other Canadian institutions who wish to utilize the East Asia collections at the University of Toronto Libraries during March 2021. 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 Thursday, December 31, 2020.

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 resources related to East Asia
  • A list of 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 as an attachment)

Please format the subject line of your email and the filename of your CV as LASTNAME_First Name_CV_RAGP. 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 January 18, 2021.


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.


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

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