Thirty-Seven Scholars Receive ACLS Awards in 2016 to Support Research and Writing in China Studies


The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies, in its fourth year, and the Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society program, in its tenth year, offered support for scholars’ research and writing. This year's awardees will be pursuing research and writing on the history and cultures of China, including African and South Korean Pastor-Entrepreneurs in Guangzhou, Conceiving the Communist Child, Calligraphy by Zhang Huaiguan, and Chinese Culinary Nationalism.

These awards are made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. The Henry Luce Foundation provided over $480,000 in several categories: predissertation-summer travel grants, postdoctoral fellowships, and collaborative reading-workshop grants (with supplemental support from the National Endowment in the Humanities for postdoctoral fellowships). The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation provided over $96,000 for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants were awarded to 17 PhD students—with a PhD prospectus in hand or developing one—for summer travel to China in preparation for dissertation research:  preliminary investigation of research sites and archives, and for securing the necessary institutional affiliations.

See the full list of 2016 Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Summer Travel Grantees here.

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

See the full list of 2016 Luce/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellows here.

Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants were awarded to 7 teams of scholars for convening multi- and inter-disciplinary 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 2016 Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grantees here.

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Program

The program on Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society, funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, awarded three conference grants, one workshop grant, and one planning-meeting grant. Collaborative work in China studies (planning meetings, workshops, and conferences) is eligible for support only if it undertakes explicitly cross-cultural or comparative perspectives.

See the full list of 2016 Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society Grantees here.

“The range of topics and diversity of home universities of this year’s award recipients gives striking confirmation of the vitality of China studies,” noted Andrzej W. Tymowski, director of international programs at ACLS. “Academic specialists as well as a more general readership will be enriched by new knowledge on topics such as military tattoos in the Song dynasty, Qing legal culture, women’s fashions in the 19th century, and an investigation of contemporary foreign-operated orphanages.” 

Information about the competitions for 2016-17 will be available here. The online application system will open in July 2016.