Luce/ACLS fellowships in Chinese Studies

The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS
Early Career Fellowships in China Studies
Now Accepting Applications
For the 2021-22 Fellowship Competition

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites scholars seeking funds for research and writing to apply for the Henry Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowships in China Studies.

In cooperation with the Henry Luce Foundation, ACLS has embarked on a three-year bridging initiative to reassess and reconfigure the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies. We will convene scholars at all ranks, higher education leaders, journalists, and other readers of research and writing on China to re-imagine and transform our program to meet the needs of China studies in the 21st century.

Fellowships in 2021-22 will support research and writing that have clear relevance for curriculum development. An intensive retreat on the future of the field, on progress of fellowship projects, and on their curricular implications will be held in June 2022.

Fellowships are financially supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, with additional funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Learn More About Application and Eligibility Requirements
Application deadline: November 1, 2021 9pm EST

Short-term research fellowships will enable recent PhDs (without tenure and within eight years of the PhD), and with heavy teaching and service responsibilities, to carry out projects in research and writing. Award amount: $15,000 calculated as $5,000 per month for three months’ work accomplished over a twelve-month period. An additional $5,000 allowance will be provided for attendance at the 2022 summer retreat.

Long-term research fellowships will enable recent PhDs (without tenure and within eight years of the PhD) to take leaves from university responsibilities for four to eight months to carry out projects in research and writing. Award amount: Minimum $20,000, maximum $40,000 calculated as $5,000 per month for four to eight months’ work accomplished full time, i.e., with leave from all university responsibilities.  An additional $5,000 allowance will be provided for attendance at the 2022 summer retreat.


  • Applicants must be recent PhDs (within eight years of receiving the degree), pre-tenure, who intend to pursue careers in the US or Canada.
  • Applicants must have a working knowledge of Chinese.
  • Projects must employ humanistic approaches and methods.

Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowships promote inclusion, equity, and diversity as integral components of merit that enhance the scholarly enterprise. It is a priority that every cohort of Fellows and grantees is broadly inclusive of different backgrounds and cultures. In China studies we seek balance in regard to national origin, educational background, and current university affiliation, as well as in disciplinary approaches, topics, and historical periods studied.

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Formed in 1919, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 78 scholarly organizations. As the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive 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.

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to enrich public discourse by promoting innovative scholarship, cultivating new leaders, and fostering international understanding. Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time, Inc., the Luce Foundation advances its mission through grantmaking and leadership programs in the fields of Asia, higher education, religion and theology, art, and public policy.


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