SFU'S David Lam Centre

Supporting research and engagement with the Asia Pacific Region.

About the David Lam Centre (DLC)

David See-Chai Lam Centre supports and facilitates research collaboration, networking and building the community of Asia-related scholars across campus and internationally. Check out our funding opportunities below.

Opportunities for faculty

Part of our mandate is to facilitate engagement and research between SFU and Asia. SFU faculty (including limited term lecturers) conducting Asia-related research are eligible to receive support from David Lam Centre. Funding is available to members of the DLC. We also support a Scholar-in-Residence program.

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Resources for students

SFU David Lam Centre (DLC) offers an annual graduate student essay prize for $1,200 for an outstanding paper on intercultural issues, particularly as they relate to people in or from Canada and the Asia Pacific region. Funding is also available to graduate students to support their research.

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Funding for the community

We support events that are Asia-related, especially in terms of culture and history. Such events should be free and open to the public and /or connect to faculty interest at SFU. We can coordinate events by booking rooms at Harbour Centre; organizing food and drink; preparing event posters; and announcing the event to our networks.

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Past events


  • March 18, 2024

    The David Lam Centre is pleased to present this year's award to two exceptional students, Master of Arts in Sociology student Yujin Kim, and Master of Arts in International Studies alumna Zoe Hong, in recognition of their outstanding essays on a Korean Canadian’s return to South Korea and anti-Asian COVID-19-related disinformation and misinformation respectively.

  • November 29, 2023

    Dr. Xuefei Ren, professor of sociology and global urban studies at Michigan State University, illuminates the ways in which China and India govern their cities and how their different governance mechanisms produce inequality and exclusion.