Call for Applications: The ACLS Program in China Studies is calling for new Fellowship and Grant Applications

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ACLS Programs in China Studies


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications in China Studies. With the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, ACLS offers support for early career scholars and for the organization of meetings, workshops, and conferences.

Support for Early Career Scholars

Luce/ACLS Predissertation Travel Grants to China: 3-4 months in 2020 for a preliminary visit to China to investigate research sites and establish contacts with scholars before beginning basic research for the dissertation ($5,000).

Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowships: two consecutive semesters released from teaching for preparing PhD dissertations for publication or for embarking on new research projects (up to $50,000).

Support for Meetings, Workshops, and Conferences

Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants for collaborative reading of texts in a workshop format that is interdisciplinary and that crosses scholarly generations. Workshop formats may vary, but each should be based on texts that illuminate a period, tradition, culture, location, or event. At the workshop, each text may be introduced by one or two participants, with others being asked to read and explicate a portion thereof. Close reading and careful translation are thus the basis for workshop discussion. Sufficient time should be provided for sustained collaborative reading (up to $15,000).

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The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. In the 2018-19 competition year, ACLS awarded over $25 million to nearly 350 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows’ and grantees’ profiles and research abstracts are available at We look forward to an equally successful competition year in 2019-20, and we encourage you to circulate this notice to members of your community who may be interested in these fellowship and grant opportunities. 




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