ACLS Fellowships, American Research in the Humanities in China

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This program is open to scholars in the humanities and related social sciences who have received a Ph.D. or its equivalent by the time of application.

Applicants must submit a carefully formulated research proposal that reflects an understanding of the present Chinese academic and research environment. The proposal should include a persuasive statement of the need to conduct the research in China. Those submitting a joint proposal must apply individually. Support is offered to specialists in all fields of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences, and is not limited to China scholars.

Fellowship tenure is from four months to one year of continuous research in China. The fellowship period must fall between July 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012. However, awardees planning to begin using fellowships as early as July 2011 must be prepared to delay entry into China if it is not possible to secure placement before September.

The program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stipends are calculated based upon the length the awardee’s stay in China, and include allowances for travel, living expenses, and research/affiliation fees. Stipends for four months of research cannot exceed $25,200. The maximum award is $50,400. The award may be reduced if the candidate also receives full or partial salary during the fellowship period. There is no financial support for dependents.

ACLS administers this program with the assistance of the Beijing office of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China (CSCC). The CSCC, jointly sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Social Science Research Council, was established in 1966 to promote contacts between individual American scholars and private scholarly groups and their counterparts in China.

Fellowship Details

  • Amount: up to $50,400
  • Tenure: four to twelve months between July 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( no later than 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, September 29, 2010.
  • Notifications will be sent in January 2010.


  1. An applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States who has lived in the United States continuously for at least three years as of the application deadline date.
  2. An applicant must hold a Ph.D. degree conferred prior to the application deadline. However, an established scholar who can demonstrate the equivalent of the Ph.D. in publications and professional experience may also qualify.

Application Requirements

Applications must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • Up to three additional pages of images, musical scores, or other similar supporting non-text materials [optional]
  • Copies of correspondence with Chinese contacts
  • Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (no more than five pages)
  • Three reference letters

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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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