Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies: Postdoctoral Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies

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Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 7, 2019 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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About this funder:



The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies in its seventh 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.

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. 

Postdoctoral Fellowships provide grants for for scholars who are preparing their PhD dissertation for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects. Postdoctoral fellowships support work based on the applicant’s research in China that aims to produce a scholarly text in English.

Tenure: two consecutive semesters released from teaching; fellowship to begin between June 2019 to September 2020. (Stipends for shorter periods—minimum one semester—will be pro-rated.)

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


  • An applicant must EITHER:
    • be a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a PhD from any institution; OR 
    • must hold a PhD from an institution in the United States or Canada and must have an affiliation, a long-term regular research or teaching appointment, with a university or college in the United States or Canada.
  • The PhD degree must be completed by November 9, 2016 (including defense and revisions) and conferred by May 31, 2017. 
    • 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
  • An applicant must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2010.
  • Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences
    • For the purpose of these competitions, the humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art and architectural history; classics; economics; film; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology (excluding clinical or counseling psychology); religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies.
    • Proposals in the social science fields listed above are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy, history of psychology).
    • Proposals in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are welcome, as are proposals focused on any geographic region or on any cultural or linguistic group.
  • A working knowledge of Chinese is required.


  • There is no financial support for dependents. 
  • Applicants who have obtained tenure, or whose tenure review will be complete before May 31, 2019, are not eligible.