ACLS Chinese Studies grants and fellowships

ACLS Fellowships and Grants 2016-17

ACLS invites applications in China Studies. With the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCK) for International Scholarly Exchange, ACLS offers support for early career scholars and for the organization of meetings, workshops, and conferences. For complete guidelines, please visit and

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Vermont Studio Center fellowships

Henry Luce Foundation Fellowships for Chinese Poets & Translators:
Apply by January 15th, 2017!


Six of VSC’s 2015 Luce Chinese poetry & translation fellows (left to right): standing: Yang Xiaobin, Canaan Morse, Jennifer Feeley, and Zang Li; sitting: Eleanor Goodman and Tang Sui-Wa

Henry Luce Foundation Chinese Poetry & Translation Fellowships at VSC

The Vermont Studio Center (VSC) is now accepting applications from Chinese poets and literary translators for our 2017 Chinese Poetry & Translation Fellowships supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Application deadline: January 15th, 2017. There is no fee to apply for these awards!

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Alberta East Asian MA program

The University of Alberta Department of East Asian Studies is now accepting applications for our MA program. The department is able to offer funding to MA students, even international ones, so if you have students who you feel might be interested, please feel free to forward the following information.

Program Description:

The MA program in East Asian Studies aims at providing graduate students with advanced disciplinary training and a profound understanding of research methods in Asian cultures. This training will prepare graduates of the program for a variety of careers; it will also provide the basis for the pursuit of more advanced degrees. Many of our graduates go on to top PhD programs in Canada and the USA, while others pursue careers in the public or private sectors, working in government service, in business, or with numerous firms and institutions which require knowledge of East Asian cultures and societies. Continue reading

Schwarzman Scholars program (1)

Dear Colleagues:

Some of my best students express interest in this program, and some do apply, although I do try to explain to them that the program doesn’t make sense other than as a networking tool. The idea that a one-year MA program that does not require any previous study of China or the Chinese language could possibly offer “cultural immersion” or produce graduates who would be “able to explain complex issues” and “explain China to the world and the world to China” is preposterous, unless they were able to do so before they were admitted.

Charles A. Laughlin <>
University of Virginia

Schwarzman Scholars program

Source: ABC News (9/10/16)
US Tycoon’s China Scholarship Project Opens Doors in Beijing

BEIJING — A new scholarship program intended to rival the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships and build understanding between China and the world opened its doors at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University on Saturday.

The program, founded by Wall Street tycoon Stephen Schwarzman, covers all expenses for students in a one-year master’s degree program that will also emphasize cultural immersion, travel around China, and efforts to grasp and understanding the world’s second-largest economy and rising superpower. Continue reading

Project Pengyou deadline extension

Deadline Extended for American & Chinese Students to Apply for Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program (8/26)

Dear Friends,

Thank you to those who have already shared information about the Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program with your students and colleagues!

We received a lot of interest and feedback from faculty who hoped we could extend the deadline for their students who are just returning from summer vacation. We would appreciate your help sharing our updated deadline with your students: August 26, 2016.

Current students at a U.S. high school, university or community college who have lived or studied in both the U.S. and China are encouraged to apply. Selected students will participate in a transformative four-day Leadership Training Summit at Harvard University from October 7-10, 2016 and gain unique skills in cross-cultural leadership and community-organizing methods.

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National Humanities Center, China Scholars Program call


With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Humanities Center invites proposals from scholars at elite universities in the PRC (including Hong Kong) and the ROC (Taiwan) who are Chinese nationals for fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year. The current participating universities are Tsinghua, Fudan, Shanghai Jiao Tong, Chinese University of Hong Kong and National Taiwan University, although we are open to expanding participation.

Selected Chinese scholars will have the opportunity to pursue their research projects in an interdisciplinary and international community in which they can share perspectives and form long-lasting connections with their colleagues.

Established in 1978 and located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina, the National Humanities Center is the world’s only independent institution exclusively dedicated to fostering advanced research in the Humanities. Over 1400 scholars from 39 nations have been in residence since its inception and they have produced over 1500 books, many of which have won top awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bancroft Prize. Between 35 and 40 Fellows are chosen from some 500 applicants each year. Fellowships at the National Humanities Center are considered among the most prestigious in the world

The Center will provide financial support for housing, a rental car and insurance, and health insurance. The scholar’s home institution is responsible for providing the necessary salary and international travel costs. Excellent spoken and written English skills and the ability to drive a car in the U.S. are necessary.

While the normal application deadline is October 15, we are extending that deadline for this program until November 14, 2016. Further information about the Center and the application process can be found at

Paola Zamperini <>

Project Pengyou

Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program at Harvard University on October 7-10, 2016.

Current students at a U.S. high school, university or community college who have lived or studied in both the U.S. and China are encouraged to apply! (

Fellows will be invited to participate in an intensive four-day Leadership Summit at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA to meet other like-minded young leaders, build unique community organizing skills and learn about cross-cultural leadership in the US-China context. With support from the Ford Foundation, Project Pengyou will cover lodging, food and training costs at Harvard University for all Fellows. A number of travel stipends will also be provided.

Leadership Fellows go on to establish a Project Pengyou Chapter at their school promoting cross-cultural inclusion, constructive dialogue and U.S.-China exchange. Since 2014, we have mobilized a grassroots network of over 40 campus chapters across the United States to advocate for constructive exchanges between American and Chinese people. Continue reading

AHRC collaborative doctoral award

The Courtauld Institute of Art and Tate Research Centre: Asia invite applications for a fully funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Award, starting in October 2016 for a period of three years.

The award will enable the student to pursue doctoral research in Art History while gaining first-hand experience of work within a museum setting. The successful applicant will receive their degree from The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.The supervisors are: Dr Wenny Teo (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Dr Sook-Kyung Lee (Tate Research Centre: Asia).

Application deadline: 20 June

Interviews likely to be held in the week beginning 11 July.

Apply here:

Luce fellowships for Chinese poets and translator

Henry Luce Foundation Fellowships for Chinese Poets & Translators: Apply by April 1st!

The Vermont Studio Center (VSC) is now accepting applications from Chinese poets and literary translators for our 2016 Chinese Poetry & Translation Fellowships supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

VSC will award month-long joint residencies to:

  • 5 poets, living anywhere in the world, whose primary language is Chinese. These awards include roundtrip travel and a discretionary stipend.
  • 5 English-language translators working with Chinese poetry. These awards include a discretionary stipend.

These joint-residency fellowships are available to established working pairs, but applicants do not have to be part of an established working pair to be eligible for these awards. 

We encourage all interested poets and translators to apply–independently selected applicants will be paired by our jury, and each pair will create new work individually and in collaboration during their stay.

Applications for these VSC/Luce Foundation Chinese Poetry & Translation Fellowships are accepted online at with a deadline of April 1, 2016.

For more information, visit

An Wang fellowship in environmental humanities

2016-17 Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Environmental Humanities

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the 2016-17 competition for the An Wang postdoctoral fellowship in Chinese environmental humanities. The fellow will pursue his or her research and contribute to a new environmental humanities initiative at the Fairbank Center. The fellowship period is from August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.

Applications are welcome from those with a Ph.D. in the humanities or social sciences. All requirements for the degree must be completed by June 30, 2016. A strong working knowledge of Chinese (preferably including literary Chinese) and English is required.

Applicants may not be more than 5 years beyond the receipt of the Ph.D. at the start of the fellowship. Harvard University doctoral degree recipients are NOT eligible for this fellowship.

Total stipend for one year: $50,000 and health benefits.

For program and application details, please see:

Application deadline: February 29, 2016

Shirley Sun <>

Michigan Postdoc Fellowships

The Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) at the University of Michigan (U-M) is accepting applications for two (2) LRCCS Postdoctoral Fellowships to support research in the study of China. This opportunity is open to scholars in the humanities or social sciences conducting well-designed research and writing projects.

Application deadline is February 1, 2016.


  • Research topics can cover any historical period of China – including contemporary China – and involve any academic discipline in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Candidates must be able to provide evidence of successful completion of their PhD degree by June of the year of appointment and may not be more than five (5) years beyond receipt of the PhD.
  • Applicants who do not have native command of English must include the date and score of the most recent TOEFL examination or other evidence of proficiency in English (such as a degree from a US university or a letter from an academic advisor).
  • University of Michigan doctoral degree recipients are not eligible for this fellowship.

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CIAC Small Grants Awards program

From: Haiyan Lee

Dear China, Taiwan and Inner Asia Studies Colleague,

Each year the China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) appeals to colleagues in the field to ask for your support for the CIAC Small Grants Awards program — one of the AAS’s most effective outreach efforts to support scholarship in these fields. As Chair of CIAC, I write now to encourage you to consider making a donation to this worthy cause, which is truly making a difference in our field. In the words of one former recipient: “Without the travel grant from CIAC, I would not have been able to make this trip…I very strongly feel that this grant has done a great deal in helping me to keep working towards my goals while building strong collaborative opportunities with my Mongolian colleagues.”

Participating in the Small Grants Awards process is one of the most rewarding opportunities for those of us working in China and Inner Asia Studies. The awards are “small,” as suggested by the program name — $2,000 or less – and yet their impact cannot be underestimated. Most of the awardees are early in their careers (more than half of the awards are given to graduate students) and many of the faculty recipients are located at colleges and universities where research funds are extremely limited, or even entirely unavailable. While senior faculty also receive funding each year, the Council especially encourages applications from dissertation-level graduate students, junior faculty, independent scholars (including language pedagogues and librarians), and adjunct faculty. Continue reading

CUHK call for applications

Call for applications:

MPhil and PhD in Chinese Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Centre for China Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong invites applications for its MPhil and PhD programmes in Chinese Studies for 2016-2017. We welcome well-prepared applicants with focused research interests in an aspect of the histories, religions, social-cultures, or politics and governance of China and Chinese societies. As the programme is largely conducted and examined in English, applicants must demonstrate advanced English and Chinese language proficiency.

Generous graduate fellowships and additional research funding is provided to all admitted applicants. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (deadline on 1 December 2015).

Applications are being received now for 2016-17 and the closing date for applications is 31 January 2016.

For more information on the applying to The Chinese University of Hong Kong, visit

For more information on specific requirements for the Centre for China, please visit our website for MPhil and PhD programmes. Continue reading

Michigan post-doc fellowship

Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Study of China

The Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) at the University of Michigan (U-M) is pleased to announce the establishment of the LRCCS Postdoctoral Fellowships to support research in the study of China. This opportunity is open to scholars in the humanities or social sciences conducting well-designed research and writing projects. Two fellows are selected annually.

Program requirements:

  • The fellowship appointment begins in September 2016 and concludes in August 2017. Fellows must physically reside in the University of Michigan vicinity during the academic year and actively participate in the events and the intellectual life of the Center.
  • Each fellow is expected to give one presentation in the LRCCS Noon Lecture Series in the Winter academic term (January-April), be a guest-lecturer in at least one meeting of the Center’s interdisciplinary graduate seminar (CCS 501/CCS 502), and contribute to the greater Michigan community by mentoring or advising students.

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