Responsive Grants

Responsive Grants provide opportunities to build knowledge and increase understanding of East and Southeast Asia through scholarship and exchange, with an emphasis on strengthening capacity in the United States. They typically support research and training, the creation of scholarly and public resources, and intellectual and cultural exchange between Americans and Asians.

Special Initiatives

The Asia Program runs periodic multi-year grants competitions on specific issues, themes or fields relevant to the study of Asia.

The most recent initiative, the Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia (LuceSEA), sought to strengthen the study of Southeast Asia in institutions of higher learning by providing resources for the creation of models, strategies and partnerships that not only bolster existing program structures but also take them in new directions, contributing in the process to both institution and field building. The competition concluded in June 2023. Read more about LuceSEA.

Support for Individuals

The Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of the field of China studies in the US by awarding 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 currently offers Early Career Fellowships (formerly “postdoctoral fellowships”) for pre-tenure scholars who are preparing their PhD dissertation for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects.

Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-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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