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

U.S. and Canadian Applicants



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.


  • 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.


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.

To begin the application process, please print out the forms for Applicants from the United States and Canada.

Fully completed applications must be received by November 13, 2009. Applications should be sent to:

Grants for East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History
American Council of Learned Societies
633 Third Avenue, 8th floor
New York, NY 10017-6795, USA

Applications must arrive by mail or courier service. Applications will not be accepted by fax or email. Applicants should send an email to fellowships@acls.org on the day they send their application materials to ACLS. Each applicant will receive email confirmation when their application is received at ACLS in New York.

General inquiries about the competition should be sent via email to the ACLS office in New York at fellowships@acls.org. Information about submitting applications is also available from ACLS offices in Beijing at atai@cscprc.org and Hanoi at edex@ceevn.org.

Printed versions of application forms are available by written request from ACLS in New York or from ACLS offices in Hanoi and Beijing.

Hanoi Office
Attn: Grants for East Asian Archaeology and Early History
Center for Educational Exchange with Vietnam
Nha so 5, Ngo 2
Pho Giang Van Minh
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Tel: 84 4 723 6825 / 723 6826
Fax: 84 4 723 6827
Email: edex@ceevn.org

Beijing Office
Attn: Arthur Tai
Committee on Scholarly Communication with China
City Plaza Office Tower, Suite 16H
Shilipu, Chaoyang District
Beijing 100025 China
Tel: 86 10 6556-6322
Fax. 86 10 6556-2497
Email: atai@cscprc.org