Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society

Funding Agency:
American Council of Learned Societies

These grants for collaborative work in China studies are funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

In this cycle of competitions ACLS invites proposals in the humanities and related social sciences that adopt an explicitly cross-cultural or comparative perspective. Projects may, for example, compare aspects of Chinese history and culture with those of other nations and civilizations, explore the interaction of these nations and civilizations, or engage in cross-cultural research on the relations among the diverse and dynamic populations of China. Proposals should be empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and methodologically explicit.

The program supports collaborative work of three types:

  • Planning Meetings: Grants up to $6,000 for one-day meetings to develop topics selected by participants. These brainstorming sessions may lead to workshops or conferences, but that is not required.
  • Workshops: Grants of $10,000 to $15,000 for workshops to promote discussion and the exchange of ideas on newly available or inadequately researched data or texts in a collegial, seminar-like setting. Workshops are not mini-conferences for presentation of formal papers describing work already completed.
  • Conferences: Grants up to $25,000 for formal conferences for presentation of significant new research to be published in a conference volume.

The program promotes interchange among scholars who may not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Accordingly, there will be no support for activities that include scholars from only one institution that fall within an institution’s normal range of colloquia, symposia, or seminar series, or that consist of regularly scheduled meetings, conventions, or parts thereof. Activities proposed must include at least one scholar from Taiwan.

The deadline for this competition is November 6, 2019, pending renewal of funding. 

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Eligibility Requirements

The principal organizer must be affiliated with a university or research institution and must hold a PhD. There are no restrictions as to the citizenship of participants or the location of the project.



Amount Description

  • Amount: up to $25,000 for conferences; $10,000 to $15,000 for workshops and seminars; up to $6,000 for planning meetings

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Curriculum Development
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 6, 2019