Chang-Lin Tien Educational Leadership Awards--Request for Nominations

Funding Agency:
Asian Pacific Fund

Dr. Chang-Lin Tien made history as the first AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) head of a major US research university when he became Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. Dr. Tien was also a founding board director of the Asian Pacific Fund. In 2006, his family partnered with the Fund to establish a program in honor of Dr. Tien’s inspiring legacy. The annual Chang-Lin Tien Leadership in Education Award was created to address the underrepresentation of AAPI academic leadership in higher education.

As the only program of its kind in the nation, the award honors an AAPI who has achieved significant academic accomplishments and demonstrates the potential to advance to the highest leadership levels in higher education. Recipients are awarded with a $10,000 grant to establish a Chang-Lin Tien Scholarship Fund for AAPI students at their university.

Deadline: Mar. 9, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Nomination Criteria:

  • Asian American or Pacific Islander working in a U.S. higher education institution
  • Currently associated with a four-year public or private college or university
  • Appointed at the level of dean or a position of comparable—or higher—responsibility. Preference is given to candidates who do not currently hold a chief executive position (i.e. chancellor, president, provost or comparable level).
  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership potential and scholarly achievement



Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 9, 2018