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Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Grants to Individuals in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History

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This program is no longer offered. The information below, from the final 2009-10 competition, is for information purposes only. See past award recipients from this program.

East & Southeast Asian Applicants | US & Canadian Applicants

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the fifth annual competition for grants to individuals in the archaeology and early history of East and Southeast Asia. This program is undertaken in cooperation with the Henry Luce Foundation.

Research fellowships and training grants will be awarded for study of the peoples and cultures of early East Asia. Comparative projects and those that build scholarly networks are especially encouraged. Proposals may cover prehistoric or historical periods, but must focus on research or training that involves excavations and/or excavated materials.

For the purposes of this program, "East and Southeast Asia" refers to Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

ACLS grants to individuals are part of the comprehensive Luce Initiative on East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History, which also includes a competition for invited institutions—universities and museums—administered by the Luce Foundation’s Asia Program.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS grants to individuals seek to

  • promote research, including the interpretation and analysis of sites, artifacts, and texts;
  • train the next generation of specialists;
  • foster cooperation among specialists in East and Southeast Asia, and in the United States and Canada; and
  • bring to wide public appreciation the results of recent discoveries and research.

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East and Southeast Asian Applicants

Eligibility

Applicants must be residents of East or Southeast Asia and have their primary professional affiliation at an institution in this region. Applicants must hold an advanced degree in a relevant discipline such as archaeology, anthropology, art history, literature, or history; must be nearing completion of such a degree; or must possess commensurate experience at archives, museums, or field sites. Proficiency in English sufficient for academic work in the United States or Canada is required.

Definitions

  • Each application, whether in “archaeology” or “early history,” must be based on excavations or excavated materials.
  • For the purposes of this program, “archaeology” is defined as work examining the relationship between human society and material culture in any period and “early history” as research on the record of a given society’s formative period(s).
  • Applications dealing with the recent past are eligible, but only if they are based on excavated materials. However, applicants who propose excavations (and the technical analysis of their finds) – from whatever period – must also propose to discuss their significance for human interactions.

Applicants should state clearly in their application essays how the work or training they propose fits these broad guidelines.

Terms

Award amounts, which are intended to cover research costs and living expenses, will vary by grant category and length of grant period. A travel allowance will also be provided for travel to the United States or Canada. ACLS offices in New York, Hanoi, and Beijing will assist individual grantees, as appropriate, in obtaining air tickets, visas, and health insurance, and will pay any institutional fees required for affiliation or residence. The remainder of the award will be paid directly to the grantee.

Grant Categories

Applicants should indicate on the application form the type of grant for which they wish to apply and should address the specific objectives and circumstances of that grant category in the required application essay.

  1. Study and Research Fellowships will be awarded to doctoral candidates, recent recipients of the Ph.D. degree, and scholars with equivalent research experience for a full academic-year residence at a university, research institute, or museum in the United States or Canada for study of new methods and comparative perspectives relevant to their research, to the courses they teach, or to their other professional responsibilities.
    Award: $28,000 for ten months (amount reduced pro-rata for shorter tenure) plus travel allowance.

    Priority will be given to scholars early in their careers. Proposals should build on the knowledge and skills applicants possess and should aim to enhance their current research or teaching.
  2. Summer Field-School Scholarships will be awarded to scholars, archivists, curators, conservators, and other professionals for study of archaeological techniques and comparative perspectives at excavation sites outside of East and Southeast Asia administered by U.S. or Canadian institutions. An advanced degree is not required to apply for this grant. A list of approved field schools is available from ACLS. Applicants should contact the field school/s of their choosing directly, indicating on the ACLS application form the school/s to which they have applied or intend to apply, and should supply an update on their field-school choices and status no later than February 1, 2010. Updated information may be emailed to fellowships@acls.org, with the subject heading “Field-School Application Update.” ACLS awards will be paid to awardees contingent on their acceptance at an approved field school.
    Award: up to $7,000 plus travel allowance.
  3. Translation Grants will be awarded to scholars (including Ph.D. candidates) for translation of scholarly works of significant value to the field, from English into an East or Southeast Asian language, that fill a critical gap in East or Southeast Asian literature. Applicants should provide evidence of formal training or practical experience in translation. Proposed plans of work should include residence at an institution at which the translator can consult with the author of the original text or with a specialist in the field who works primarily in the original text’s language. Funds will be available for a minimum residence of one academic semester.
    Award: $20,000 for six months (amount reduced pro-rata for shorter tenure) plus travel allowance.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will judge proposals on their intrinsic intellectual merit, the clarity and cogency with which they are presented, and the significance of their contribution to the field of East or Southeast Asian archaeology and early history. Especially encouraged are applications for projects and training that stimulate and enable international communication among scholars. Applications will be stronger if their workplans include mentoring and collaboration.

Application Forms, Grant Periods, and Deadlines

Application materials for this program are provided in .pdf format; you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free of charge) if you do not already have it on your computer.

Applicants may propose work for a specific period that begins at any time from June 1, 2010 to September 1, 2011. Notifications will be sent in April 2010. Each application requires two letters of recommendation and one language evaluation from a person qualified to assess the applicant’s language ability.

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U.S. and Canadian Applicants

Eligibility

Applicants must be residents of the United States or Canada and have their primary professional affiliation at an institution in this region. Applicants must hold an advanced degree in a relevant discipline such as archaeology, anthropology, art history, literature, or history; must be nearing completion of such a degree; or must possess commensurate experience in scholarship, archives, museums, or field sites. Linguistic ability sufficient to conduct the work proposed is required.

Definitions

  • Each application, whether in “archaeology” or “early history,” must be based on excavations or excavated materials.
  • For the purposes of this program, “archaeology” is defined as work examining the relationship between human society and material culture in any period and “early history” as research on the record of a given society’s formative period(s).
  • Applications dealing with the recent past are eligible, but only if they are based on excavated materials. However, applicants who propose excavations (and the technical analysis of their finds) – from whatever period – must also propose to discuss their significance for human interactions.

Applicants should state clearly in their application essays how the work or training they propose fits these broad guidelines.

Terms

Award amounts, which are intended to cover research costs and living expenses, will vary by grant category and length of grant period. A travel allowance will also be provided for travel to East or Southeast Asia. ACLS will assist individual grantees, as appropriate, in obtaining air tickets, visas, and health insurance, and will pay any institutional fees required for affiliation or residence. The remainder of the award will be paid directly to the grantee.

Grant Categories

Applicants should indicate on the application form the type of grant for which they wish to and should address the specific objectives and circumstances of each of that grant category in the required application essay.

  1. Dissertation Fellowships will be awarded to graduate students at U.S. or Canadian institutions for research in East or Southeast Asia or, if research is complete, for writing the dissertation in North America. Funds will be available only for a full academic year.
    Award: up to $28,000 for ten months plus travel allowance.
  2. Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded to scholars holding the Ph.D. degree for the purpose of research and/or writing. Funds will be available for ten months (minimum: five months), to be used either in East or Southeast Asia, or in the United States or Canada. Priority will be given to scholars early in their careers.
    Award: up to $32,000 for ten months (amount reduced pro-rata for shorter tenure) plus a travel allowance.
  3. Translation Grants will be awarded to scholars (including Ph.D. candidates) for translation of scholarly works of significant value to the field, from an East or Southeast Asian language into English. Applicants should provide evidence of formal training or practical experience in translation. Proposed plans of work should include residence at an institution at which the translator can consult with the author of the original text or with a specialist in the field who works primarily in the original text’s language. Funds will be available for a minimum residence of one academic semester.
    Award: $20,000 for six months (amount reduced pro-rata for shorter tenure) plus a travel allowance.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will judge proposals on their intrinsic intellectual merit, the clarity and cogency with which they are presented, and the significance of their contribution to the field of East or Southeast Asian archaeology and early history. Especially encouraged are applications for projects and training that stimulate and enable international communication among scholars. Applications will be stronger if their workplans include mentoring and collaboration.

Application Forms, Grant Periods, and Deadlines

Application materials for this program are provided in .pdf format; you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free of charge) if you do not already have it on your computer.

Applicants for postdoctoral fellowships and translation grants may propose work for a specific period that begins at any time from June 1, 2010 to February 1, 2011. Dissertation fellowships are for the 2010-2011 academic year only. Each application requires two letters of recommendation and one language evaluation from a person qualified to assess the applicant’s language ability.

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Luce/ACLS Grants to Individuals in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History

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