The American Council of Learned Societies Announces the 2020 Fellows and Grantees of the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies


(New York) - The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) proudly announces the 2020 fellows and grantees of the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies. The program is made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Now in its eighth year, the program supports scholarship on China’s societies, histories, cultures, religions, economies, art, cinema, environment, and technologies, from earliest times to today.

Exceptionally, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s fellows and grantees are permitted to submit written requests to extend their grant periods for travel to China.

“Even in the midst of great global uncertainty, ACLS remains committed to humanistic scholarship that can help us better understand the human experiences of the past, present, and years to come,” said ACLS President Joy Connolly. “We are pleased to be able to support an array of scholarship on China and are working closely with new and current fellows in this program to ensure they have the resources needed to pursue and share these innovative research projects.”

The Luce/ACLS China Studies Program made awards in three categories, totaling $695,000, for a wide variety of research projects.

For 2020, ACLS awarded 17 Predissertation-Travel Grants at $5,000 each to graduate students for preliminary investigation of research sites and archives in China and for securing necessary institutional affiliations in preparation for full time dissertation research. Supported projects include studies of contemporary Chinese art and architecture, explorations of historic and recent environmental issues, and an examination of the impact of online dating on contemporary Chinese society.  Learn about each of these grantees and their projects here.

ACLS also awarded Early Career Fellowships in China Studies to 11 outstanding pre-tenure scholars. Each fellow will receive a $50,000 stipend for research intended for publication. Portions of three fellowships were supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. See the full list of 2020 Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellows here

Finally, this year ACLS awarded four Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants in China Studies at $15,000 to teams of multi- and inter-disciplinary scholars and graduate students for examination of texts that constitute essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events, in either contemporary or historical times.

Learn more about the 2020 Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grantees and their projects here.

Learn more about the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies, Henry Luce Foundation, and its grantmaking.

About the American Council of Learned Societies

Formed in 1919, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 75 scholarly organizations. As the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, ACLS holds a core belief that knowledge is a public good. As such, ACLS strives to promote the circulation of humanistic knowledge throughout society. In addition to stewarding and representing its member organizations, ACLS employs its $140 million endowment and $35 million annual operating budget to support scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to advocate for the centrality of the humanities in the modern world.