Mongolian Studies Research Support

Western Professor David Sattler with Mongolian boy and older man holding photos in front of Ger.  Photo 10

Dr. David Sattler (WWU Psychology), sharing photographs from his previous trip with the same people in the images they are holding

Mongolia Kharkhorin Ger Camp at sunset. Photo by Holly Diaz

Dr. Holly Diaz (WWU Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership) photo of Kharkhorin Ger Camp

Mongolian men wearing traditional dress riding horses. Photo by Cynthia Horne

Dr. Cynthia Horne (WWU Political Science) photo of Mongolian soldiers in full regalia for the Naadam parade

John C. Street Research Award in Mongolian and Inner Asian Studies


Background: John C. Street (1930-2017), linguistics professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and an international authority on the structure and history of the Mongolic languages, established the John C. Street Endowment in 2015 in order to benefit Mongolian and Inner Asian Studies at Western. The endowment supports teaching, the development of library collections, funding for faculty and students to research and study in Mongolia, the dissemination of knowledge, and related programmatic needs.

John C. Street Research Award eligibility: Current Western faculty and students for whom research is a required component of their professional responsibilities or course of studies.

Time frame: April –October is the optimal time of year to conduct research in Mongolia.

Number of projects funded annually: To be determined based on the number of applicants and total requested amounts.   All grant funds must be spent by September 15, 2025. IGE may approve a grant extension due to extenuating circumstances.

Evaluation Criteria: Preference will be given to projects focused on Mongolia or Inner Asian regions of China (Inner Mongolia, Tibet, and Xinjiang); that include the participation of Western students; actively engage with and benefit local faculty, staff, students, community members, and/or Mongolian organization; and result in collaborative scholarship or creative activity.

Funding amount: Up to $10,000. Both new proposals and continuing projects will be considered. Faculty projects that include graduate or undergraduate students may apply for additional funding for student travel.   Additional funding may also be available from the American Center for Mongolian Studies’ Field Fellowships.

Deadline: April 19, 2024

Research Proposal Application

Support for Conferences and Publications

Faculty and students may apply for funding to support the costs associated with presenting their research in Mongolian/Inner Asian Studies at an academic conference.  Expenses can include transportation, accommodations, per diem, and registration.  Funds also may be requested to assist with manuscript preparation and publication.

Preference will be given to peer-reviewed scholarship and open assess publications.  Proposals are evaluated on the 15th of September, January, April, and June.  Off-cycle requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Conference Travel Application

Chimney Tserendorj giving presentation at Mongolian Studies conference.
Photo courtesy Holly Diaz

Contact Information

For questions about Mongolian Studies at Western, contact Mark Greenberg, Director of Faculty Global Engagement.

Mongolian Landscape by Elbegsaikhan Tsogtbayar

Photo by Elbegsaikhan Tsogtbayar