Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies: Early Career Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies

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Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 6, 2020 6:00pm PST

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: China; Hong Kong; Taiwan, Republic Of China

Location of residency: Canada, United States

Location of citizenship: Canada, United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 8 years of receiving their PhD

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Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

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.

Early Career Fellowships 

(formerly “Postdoctoral Fellowships”)

Amount: up to $50,000

Tenure: two consecutive semesters released from teaching; fellowship to begin between June 2020 to September 2021. (Stipends for shorter periods—minimum one semester—will be pro-rated.)

Early Career fellowships support research and writing toward a scholarly product in English. Priority will be given to proposals based on the applicant’s research in China.

A working knowledge of Chinese is required.

Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs. Other support may be accepted (sabbatical leave or other grants) but the total received cannot exceed the 125% of the fellow’s academic annual salary. There is no financial support for dependents. 

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


  • An applicant must hold a PhD from an institution in the United States or Canada. OR be a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a PhD from any institution. The PhD degree must be completed by November 6, 2019 (including defense and revisions) and conferred by May 31, 2020. (If the date of conferral is after the application deadline, the application must include an institutional statement attesting that all requirements for the PhD have been fulfilled. Successful applicants will be asked to submit proof of conferral.)
  • An applicant who is not a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident must have an affiliation, a long-term regular research or teaching appointment, with a university or college in the United States or Canada.
  • An applicant must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2011.


  • Applicants who have obtained tenure, or whose tenure review will be complete before May 31, 2020, are not eligible.