Thirty-Eight Scholars Receive ACLS Awards to Support Research and Writing in China Studies


Artist Unknown. Gathering of Philosophers. Handscroll; black and white on paper, from Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Henry Luce Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Provided over $800,000 to ACLS in 2017 to Fund Research in China Studies

Thirty-eight scholars in China studies received support for projects on diverse topics ranging from digital humanities and memory studies to studies of empire. The American Council of Learned Societies is grateful to these funders for their strong support.

“The awards made in China studies this year, through the generosity of both private and public sponsors, contribute to the continuing growth and vitality of the field. Scholars will be able to prepare for and conduct research in China. They will be able to meet collaboratively to examine basic texts and to share research findings,” noted Andrzej W. Tymowski, ACLS director of international programs.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants were awarded to 18 PhD students for summer travel to China in preparation for dissertation research. The travel makes possible preliminary investigations of research sites and archives, and the securing of necessary institutional affiliations during dissertation research in China.

See the full list of 2017 Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Travel Grantees here.

Postdoctoral Fellowships were awarded to 11 early career scholars for preparing their PhD dissertations for publication or for embarking on their first major post-PhD research projects. This is the fourth competition year in which postdoctoral fellowships are supported in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

See the full list of 2017 Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellows here.

Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants were awarded to four teams of scholars for convening multi- and interdisciplinary groups of scholars 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 2017 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 five conference grants. The program supports collaborative work in China studies that undertakes explicitly cross-cultural or comparative perspectives through grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences.

See the full list of 2017 Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society Grantees here.

Information about the competitions for 2017-18 will be available here in summer 2017.