CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Cultivating the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Research Grants for scholars from South and Southeast Asia

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Announcement from: Association for Asian Studies

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022

Join us Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 9 AM ET for an informational webinar regarding this grant opportunity. 

The Cultivating the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grants are made possible thanks to the generous support of Sweden. This grant program is part of a new collaborative transnational project that aims at enhancing the research capabilities of scholars and local institutions, especially in post-conflict and conflict areas, while helping to reduce the social and economic vulnerabilities of South and Southeast Asian countries through policy-relevant research.

The project focuses on junior faculty, graduate students, senior and independent scholars, women and ethnic minority groups in particular. Cultivating the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Research Grants are available for short- (up to 2 months), medium (2-6 months), and long-term (12 months) research projects that advance the fields of the humanities and social sciences in South and Southeast Asia.

The Association for Asian Studies invites applications from low- and lower middle-income countries of Southeast Asia (e.g., Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) as well as from less economically advantaged countries and areas of South Asia (e.g., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India).  When evaluating proposals from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and India, the review committee will prioritize applicants who come from regions and/or institutions with resource and infrastructure constraints. We also encourage collaborative projects, especially those that partner scholars from under-resourced institutions with colleagues at institutions that offer more resources and infrastructure to support their work.

Recipients of CHSS grants will be invited to submit a panel proposal at an AAS-in-Asia conference, where they will have the opportunity to share the results of their research projects, participate in skill-building workshops, and discuss publishing prospects with our partners based in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.


Program Overview

The CHSS grant program encourages both individual and group projects (such as those bringing senior and junior scholars together) that will explore the subjects of:

i) democracy
ii) human rights
iii) gender 
iv) the environment
These themes may be researched on their own, or in combination with one another, or in ways that cut across the humanities and social sciences. Preference will be given to applicants who have never received a research grant in the past and/ or who are based in an under-resourced institution.

The program also welcomes proposals for special initiatives aim at the recording, preservation and dissemination of endangered languages, oral histories, and traditional knowledge.

CHSS grants typically range from $2,000 for a short-term project to $12,000 for long-term.