China Studies

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© Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco

The study of China has developed into a robust field in North America over the last three decades, but current conditions pose daunting problems, especially for scholars just before and just after the dissertation.

The Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of the field of China studies in the US. For the last seven years, the Program has awarded fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. More than 100 scholars—pre- and post-dissertation—have received support thus far.

The Luce/ACLS Program offers three competitions:

  • 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;

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships, for scholars who are preparing their PhD dissertation for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects; and

  • Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants, for scholars of different disciplines to share in-depth investigation of 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. The program supports the study of Chinese culture and society in all periods. Research in Hong Kong, Tibet and Taiwan is eligible.

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