Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

Funding Agency:
American Council of Learned Societies

The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies in its eighth year seeks to maintain the vitality of China Studies in North America through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. Studies on and in China have developed over the last 30 years in the United States and Canada into a robust field, but current conditions pose daunting problems, especially for scholars just before and just after the dissertation. To address this situation, the program offers three competitions:

  • Predissertation Travel Grants to China (formerly “predissertation-summer travel grants”), for graduate students who wish to conduct preliminary preparations in China prior to beginning basic research for the dissertation. These grants are not intended as extensions of the time devoted to basic research but to support the necessary steps to prepare for it.They are for graduate students—with a PhD prospectus in hand or developing one—seeking to investigate the research currently underway in Chinese archives and field sites, to establish contact with Chinese scholars, and to secure necessary permissions for fieldwork or archival research;
  • Early Career Fellowships (formerly “postdoctoral fellowships”), for pre-tenure scholars who are preparing their PhD dissertations for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects; and
  • Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants, for scholars of different disciplines to investigate texts that constitute essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events in contemporary or historical times. 

Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences are welcome. Travel to and research in China are a priority for this program. Travel to and research in Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Taiwan are eligible with equal priority.  
In addition, research on Chinese culture and society conducted outside these areas will also be considered.  The application essay must convincingly explain why the use of the sources proposed is necessary.

Deadline: Nov. 6, 2019

Agency Website

Amount Description

Predoctoral: $5,000

Early Career: Up to $50,000

Collaborative Grants: up to $15,000

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Arts & Humanities
Curriculum Development
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 6, 2019