AAS China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC): Small Grants

Association for Asian Studies

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Deadline: Feb 1, 2021 2:00pm PST

Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Fields of work: Anthropology & Cultural Studies

Applicant type: Graduate Student, Faculty

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: North America; China; Taiwan, Republic Of China

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:



CIAC Small Grant awards are made possible through funding provided by the Chiang Ching-kuo (CCK) Foundation and from AAS-member donations. Dissertation-level graduate students and scholars with special interests in China, Taiwan, or Inner Asia are invited to submit proposals. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Scholars of all levels are eligible. 
  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • Applicants must not have received a CIAC Small Grant within the past three years.
  • For research travel applicants/awards, only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Applicants must be current AAS members.


  • Dissertation-level graduate students, junior and independent scholars (including language pedagogues and librarians), and adjunct faculty are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Applications are specifically encouraged in the following areas of Chinese or Inner Asia studies:

    • Collaborative projects in which the grant will facilitate communication and limited curriculum development
    • Organization of conferences and seminars—particularly for the organization of small conferences and seminars away from major centers of Chinese studies
    • Short research trips for dissertation-level graduate students, and for scholars at non-research institutions, to travel to major libraries and collections or other research sites.
    • Specialist or regional newsletters or websites disseminating important information to their respective fields
    • Translations of scholarly books and articles.
      • Support for translations is intended for the grant applicant her/himself to produce a scholarly translation (and not of their own work), not to hire professional translators to translate materials for them.
    • Travel by scholars working on a common project in Taiwan, China or North America


  • CIAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects. 
  • The following items are not eligible for funding:
    • For research travel applicants/awards, Passport/Visa application fees, insurance, book or equipment purchases, shipping expenses, gifts, research assistants, translation costs, photocopying expenses or supplies, and survey costs are not eligible for reimbursement
    • Tuition or class fees of any kind, or any other expenses associated with participation in summer classes, institutes or related activities
    • Travel to conferences, including the AAS annual conference
    • Translation of an applicant's own work or to pay professional translators to translate materials
    • Book subventions and publication costs
    • Repeat applications for previously funded projects and organizations


This page was last reviewed February 20, 2020 and last updated February 20, 2020