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Global Virtual Speaker Program

Virtual Global Speaker program with pictures of mountains and a man wearing a red shirt and turban

The Asian Studies Center Global Virtual Speaker Program aims to stimulate and increase academic and scholarly interest about Asia at MSU.

Faculty members and academic specialists engaged in teaching, research, and outreach at MSU are invited to apply for funding to invite speakers to share their views on any Asia-focused topic that is likely to be of interest to any section of the MSU community. Possible formats for such an event include, but are not restricted to:

  1. a one-time speaker session with one guest,
  2. a one-time panel session with multiple speakers, or
  3. a series of sessions involving different speakers.

The virtual session(s) may be a part of course instruction (i.e., held during normal instruction times) or as an additional session outside of instruction time. With this in mind, MSU faculty and academic specialists are encouraged to invite authors of books and scholars whose work serves as reading material for a course. However, this is not a requirement for funding. Faculty and academic specialists are also encouraged to envision these events as open lectures to create learning opportunities to a wider MSU audience with a general interest in the selected topic.

The Asian Studies Center will support the logistics of the event. However, the proposing MSU faculty member and academic specialist will formally host or arrange to host the proposed event.

To view previous GVSP events please visit our GVSP archive

Award & Application Information

Funding is to be used to cover speaker honoraria. The suggested honorarium is $250 per person, and awards will be capped at $1,500 (for multiple invited speakers). Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Form 

Global Virtual Speaker Program Application Form

Please upload a completed form using the link below.

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Follow Up 

After the Speaker Session, the sponsoring faculty member is required to email the Asian Studies Center (to Isabella Tirtowalujo at tirtowal(at) an estimate of the number of participants who attended each session. Speaker honorarium payment will be after the event.