Thirty-three China Studies Scholars Receive ACLS Awards


The Henry Luce Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Provided over $720,000 to ACLS in 2018 to Fund Research in China Studies.

Thirty-three scholars in China studies received support for projects on diverse topics ranging from colonialism and borderland studies to studies of the Internet and big data in China. The American Council of Learned Societies is grateful to these funders for their continued support.

“Every year we receive a large number of very well-prepared applications and the selection committee deliberations are intense. This year they faced the hard task of selecting 33 scholars from a very strong pool. The research will contribute significantly to the field of China studies. Reading the abstracts of the 2018 awardees provides a glimpse into the future of the field - its new directions and its great potential,” noted Andrzej W. Tymowski, ACLS director of international programs.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants were awarded to 15 PhD students for summer travel to China in preparation for dissertation research. The travel makes possible preliminary investigations of research sites and archives, and the securing of necessary institutional affiliations to prepare for dissertation research in China.

See the full list of 2018 Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Travel Grantees here.

Postdoctoral Fellowships were awarded to 10 early career scholars for preparing their PhD dissertations for publication or for embarking on their first major post-PhD research projects. This is the fourth competition year in which postdoctoral fellowships are supported in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

See the full list of 2018 Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellows here.

Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants were awarded to four teams of scholars for convening multi- and interdisciplinary groups of scholars and graduate students to examine texts that constitute essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events, in either contemporary or historical times.

See the full list of 2018 Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grantees here.

Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society Program

The program, funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, awarded four conference grants. The program supports collaborative work in China studies that undertakes explicitly cross-cultural or comparative perspectives through grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences.

See the full list of 2018 Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society Grantees here.

Information about the competitions for 2018-19 will be available here in summer 2018.

Contact: Andrzej Tymowski,

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $20 million to over 350 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.