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Thirty Scholars Receive Over $650,000 in ACLS Awards for China Studies in 2015

6/24/2015

Thirty Scholars Receive Over $650,000 in ACLS Awards for China Studies in 2015

“The Fear of Animated Bodies (jiangshi) in the Qing,” “Goldfish and Scientists in Modern China,” “Zhougongmiao Oracle Bone Inscriptions,” and “Body Materiality in the History of Sinitic and East Asian Medicine” are among the titles of research projects selected for awards in the 2014-15 competition year.

Thirty scholars of China studies from North America, Europe, and Asia received support from the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies and the Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society program, funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

The Luce/ACLS program provided over $590,000 for predissertation-summer travel grants, postdoctoral fellowships, and collaborative reading-workshop grants (with supplemental support from the National Endowment in the Humanities for postdoctoral fellowships), and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation program provided over $54,000 for workshops.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants were awarded to 13 PhD students—with a PhD prospectus in hand or developing one—for summer travel to China for preliminary investigation of research sites and archives, and for gaining institutional affiliations prior to basic research for the dissertation.

See the full list of 2015 Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Travel Grantees here.

Postdoctoral Fellowships were awarded to 10 scholars for preparing their PhD dissertations for publication or for embarking on major post-PhD research projects. This is the second competition year in which postdoctoral fellowships are supported in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

See the full list of 2015 Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellows here.

Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants were awarded to three teams of scholars for convening multi- and interdisciplinary groups of professors and graduate students to examine texts that constitute essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events, in either contemporary or historical times.

See the full list of 2015 Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grantees here.

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Program  

The Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society program, funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, awarded four workshop grants. The program supports collaborative work in China studies through grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences.

See the full list of 2015 Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society Grantees here.

“The awards in these competitions confirm and celebrate the vitality of the field of China studies,” noted Andrzej W. Tymowski, director of international programs at ACLS. “The early career scholars and workshop teams selected by ACLS peer-review panels will expand our knowledge about China’s history, languages, cultures, and current social and environmental developments. We are grateful for the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.”

Information about the competitions for 2015-16 will be available here. The online application system will open in July 2015.

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