Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Accepting Applications From Early-Career Scholars

A program of the Henry Luce Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, the Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of China studies in the United States through fellowships and grants for scholars early in their careers.

The program offers three competitions:

1) Pre-dDssertation Summer Travel Grants for Research in China are designed to enable doctoral candidates to spend three to four months in 2018 gaining familiarity with work under way in archives and field sites in China and to establish formal and informal relations with Chinese institutions and colleagues in preparation for subsequent full-time research in China. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program at a university in the U.S. Grants will provide $5,000 for costs associated with travel to and a stay in China (air and ground transportation, visas, and living expenses).

2) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for scholars preparing their PhD dissertation research for publication or who are embarking on a new research project. Funding will support work based on the applicant's research in China and aimed at producing a scholarly text in English. Applicants must hold a PhD from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a PhD from any institution. The PhD degree must be completed by November 8, 2017, and conferred by May 31, 2018. An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen must have an affiliation with a university or college in the U.S.  whose degree was conferred no more than eight years before the application deadline. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Fellowships provide up to $50,000 for a maximum of one academic year and a minimum of one semester. Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs.

3) Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants of up to $15,000 provide opportunities for scholars of different disciplines to share in-depth investigation of texts that are essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events in contemporary or historical times. Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences are welcome. Awards may be used to support travel and lodging costs of participants, acquisition of materials, communications, and local arrangements. Workshops must bring together scholars who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Each member of the organizing team must hold a PhD from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a PhD from any institution. 

See the ACLS website for complete program information and application procedures.

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