Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowships

Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowships in China Studies
Now Accepting Applications For the 2022-23 Fellowship Competition

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

The Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies aims to promote and sustain excellence in research on China, to encourage the publication of new knowledge, and to support curriculum design and development, with a special emphasis on early career scholars and the strengthening of scholarly networks within China Studies.

In 2022-23, ACLS is offering two types of fellowships to inform research, writing, and curriculum development: flexible, short-term fellowships and long-term research fellowships. A Summer Institute for Fellows will be held in summer 2023. Fellowships are financially supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Application deadline: November 2, 2022 9pm ET

Flexible 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 research and writing towards a scholarly text. These flexible, short-term awards may be used for access to online archives, travel, conference participation, childcare or other familial responsibilities, as well as other needs identified in the application essay. Award amount: $15,000 calculated as $5,000 per month for three months’ work accomplished over a twelve-month period. Short-term fellowships do not require leave from university responsibilities, and do not require the three months to run consecutively.

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 nine months to carry out research and writing towards a scholarly text. During the fellowship tenure, which must consist of consecutive semesters or quarters, fellows must be on leave from teaching and service. Award amount: Minimum $20,000, maximum $45,000 calculated as $5,000 per month for four to nine months’ work accomplished full time, i.e., with leave from all university responsibilities.


  • 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 a century ago, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 79 scholarly organizations. As the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, ACLS upholds the core principle that knowledge is a public good. In supporting its member organizations, ACLS utilizes its $170 million endowment and $36 million annual operating budget to expand the forms, content, and flow of scholarly knowledge, reflecting our commitment to diversity of identity and experience. ACLS collaborates with institutions, associations, and individuals to strengthen the evolving infrastructure for scholarship. In all aspects of our work, ACLS is committed to principles and practices in support of racial and social justice.

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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