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Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society


The deadline for this program has passed. The description below is for information purposes only.

Fellowship Details

  • Amount: up to $25,000 for conferences; $10,000 to $15,000 for workshops and seminars; up to $6,000 for planning meetings
  • Completed applications must be received by November 19, 2013 for events to be held between June 2014 and December 2015.

Funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, ACLS invites applications for grants to support collaborative work in China studies.

In this cycle of competitions we are soliciting proposals in the humanities and related social sciences that adopt an explicitly cross-cultural or comparative perspective. We invite submission of projects that, for example, compare aspects of Chinese history and culture with those of other nations and civilizations, explore the interaction of these nations and civilizations, or engage in cross-cultural research on the relations among the diverse and shifting populations of China. Proposals are expected to be empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and methodologically explicit.

The program will support collaborative work of three types:

  • Planning Meetings: Grants up to $6,000 will be offered for one-day meetings to plan conferences or workshops, or for less structured explorations, e.g., brainstorming sessions.
  • Workshops: Grants of $10,000 to $15,000 will be offered for workshops designed to promote discussion and the exchange of ideas on newly available or inadequately researched data or texts in a collegial, seminar-like setting. Workshops are not mini-conferences with the presentation of formal papers describing work already done.
  • Conferences: Grants up to $25,000 will be offered for formal research conferences intended to produce significant new research that will be published in a conference volume.

The program aims to promote interchange among scholars who may not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Accordingly, proposals will not be supported for activities of scholars from one institution or that fall within an institution’s normal range of colloquia, symposia, or seminar series. The program will not support regularly scheduled meetings, conventions, or parts thereof. Proposals must include at least one scholar from Taiwan as a participant.



The principal organizer must be affiliated with a university or research institution and must hold a Ph.D. There are no restrictions as to citizenship of participants or location of the project; however, it is expected that scholars from academic institutions in Taiwan will participate in conferences, workshops, and planning meetings.

Application Guidelines

  • Applications must specify one principal organizer.
  • Applicants should bear in mind that proposals will be read by an interdisciplinary committee of scholars.
  • The program aims to encourage collective efforts by groups of scholars who are prepared to work together on a limited set of issues.
  • Accordingly, efforts should be made at the earliest possible stage of projects to ensure that the eventual set of conference papers is intellectually coherent and not a loose collection of essays on topics only tangentially related.
  • Funds awarded in these competitions cannot be used to cover the following expenses:
    • Direct research expenses, such as those of field work, obtaining research materials, or analysis of data;
    • Salaries or released time for organizers or participants;
    • Honoraria or speakers' fees for organizers or participants;
    • Purchase of equipment;
    • Institutional overhead. (Direct administrative costs are allowed.)
  • Proposals for conferences should normally be more elaborate than proposals for planning meetings or workshops.
  • Workshops are understood to last three or four days, and provide an opportunity for participants to discuss and analyze new approaches and/or new sources in a seminar-like setting.
  • Planning meetings are understood to last one day.
  • The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation holds annual competitions for its own conference grant program. Applicants may submit applications to either the ACLS/CCK Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society program or the Foundation’s conference grant program, but not both. Further information on the Foundation’s program may be found here.

All proposals must include (in this order):

  • Application Information Sheet (click here to download).
  • A narrative description of the project and its purposes. Descriptions should be no more than five double-spaced pages.
  • A budget for the proposed event, including a statement of any other funds available.
  • A short bibliography of relevant sources.
  • Two-page CV of principal organizer.
  • A list of those invited with their CVs (two pages maximum). This list should clearly differentiate between those who have agreed to participate in the event and those whose participation is not confirmed. This list should also specify paper writers and discussants. Participation of scholars from academic institutions in Taiwan is expected. Participation of scholars from outside the China field is strongly encouraged.
  • For conferences only: an appendix containing abstracts (of approximately 150-200 words) for each paper to be presented at the conference.

Submitting Applications

Submit the application materials collated in the order specified above as a single, searchable PDF file to cck@acls.org. Each applicant will receive email confirmation when their application is received.

Fully completed applications must be received by November 19, 2013.

Questions concerning the application process should be directed to the cck@acls.org.