Funding for Graduate and Postdoctoral Research in China
Most of the organizations listed below award fellowships to scholars across disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Organizations are listed alphabetically, but disciplines awarded under each are highlighted in the text to facilitate searching. Programs listed below make awards to individuals rather than to institutions. Contact program offices for application deadlines.
American Council of Learned Societies
228 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017-3398
Description: The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) administers a general humanities postdoctoral fellowship program and a pre- and postdoctoral fellowship program for scholars in the humanities and social sciences for research on China. These programs, however, are not intended specifically for research in China. Individual programs are described below.
Application materials are available from the ACLS Office of Fellowships and Grants. Requests for applications must be submitted in writing by U.S. mail (no inquiries or applications will be accepted by fax) and must include the following information: highest degree held and date received; country of citizenship or permanent legal residence; academic or other position; field of specialization; proposed subject of research or study, proposed date for beginning tenure of the award and duration requested; and specific award program for which application is requested. Graduate students should include their current level of
graduate study; department and institution where enrolled; and where the planned work would be conducted.
Funding may also be available for support of conferences, workshops, and planning projects. Inquiries regarding these activities should be directed to the ACLS China Program Office.
Fellowship Program: The ACLS Fellowship Program supports postdoctoral research in the humanities. Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary projects are also welcome. Research in the social sciences with a predominantly humanistic emphasis may also be considered. The Fellowship Program seeks to enable scholars to devote a summer or six to twelve continuous months to full-time research by supplementing primary salary. To that end, scholars may apply for one of two types of grants: summer fellowships, for a minimum of two consecutive summer months, or six-to twelve-month fellowships.
Typical grant size: $5,000 to $20,000
Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have held a Ph.D. for at least two years prior to application. Established scholars who can demonstrate the equivalent of the Ph.D. in publications and professional experience may also qualify. Scholars enrolled in any kind of degree program are ineligible. Scholars may not accept both an ACLS fellowship and an ACLS/Social Science Research Council Joint Area Studies award in a single competitive cycle. Other restrictions apply; see application materials for details.
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation/JCCS Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research: Support is available for six to twelve months of full-time original research on Chinese culture or society, including synthesis or reinterpretation of the applicant's previous research. These fellowships are intended to support research or writing outside the People's Republic of China, although short visits to the PRC may be supported as part of a coherent program carried out primarily elsewhere.
Typical grant size: Up to $25,000. Normally, the cost of travel to Asia for less than six months of research cannot be covered.
Requirements: No citizenship requirements apply. Foreign nationals must have resided in the United States for at least two consecutive years at the time of application. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or its equivalent at the time of application.
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation/JCCS Fellowships for Dissertation Research Abroad. These fellowships enable Ph.D. candidates to carry out six to twelve months of dissertation research in any country outside the
U.S. and the PRC. Support is limited to the social sciences and humanities, or interdisciplinary research. The dissertation must be related to China, although it may be comparative in nature.
Typical grant size: Up to $20,000
Requirements: No citizenship restrictions apply; however, foreign nationals must be enrolled as full-time Ph.D. candidates in U.S. institutions. Additional requirements apply. See application materials for details.
Asian Cultural Council
Awards in the Visual and Performing Arts
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104
Description: The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) supports cultural exchange between Asia and the United States in the visual and performing arts. The emphasis of the ACC's program is on providing opportunities for Asian artists; however, the ACC also awards grants to American artists, scholars, students, and specialists to study, conduct research, and travel in Asia. Projects of significance to Asian-American cultural exchange by arts organizations and educational institutions are also eligible. Grants are made in the following fields: archaeology, architecture, art history, conservation, crafts, dance, design, film and video, museology, music, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and theater.
Asian Art Fellowships: The Council provides fellowship support for American scholars, curators, and conservators of Asian art to conduct research and travel in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong (among other Asian regions). Individual research projects, visits to Asian institutions in connection with proposed exhibitions of Asian art in the United States, and observation tours to collections, sites, and conservation facilities in Asia will be considered for support. Grants range in duration from one to three months.
Asian Art and Religion Fellowships: American scholars, specialists, and artists wishing to conduct research and undertake projects in South, Southeast, and East Asia involving interdisciplinary study of Asian arts and religion may apply for support through this program. Awards include research fellowships, visiting professorships, and travel grants.
Asian Art and Religion Fellowships range in duration from one to six months.
Humanities Fellowships: This program assists American scholars, doctoral students, and specialists in the humanities undertaking research, training, and study in South, Southeast, and East Asia in the following fields: archaeology; conservation; museology; and the theory, history, and criticism of architecture, art, dance, design, film, music, photography, and theater. It also supports American and Asian scholars participating in conferences and exhibitions, and visiting professorships. Grants range in duration from one to twelve months.
Typical grant size: Full fellowships provide round-trip international air transportation; per diem, domestic travel, and medical insurance allowances; and a miscellaneous expense allocation for books, supplies, and other grant-related costs. The Council also awards partial fellowships.
Requirements: Projects must fall within the field of visual and performing arts. The Council will not consider requests for support of lecture programs, personal exhibitions, individual performance tours, undergraduate study, activities conducted by individuals in their home countries, publications, capital campaigns, or general program and administrative costs.
The Center for Field Research
Earthwatch Grants for Fieldwork
680 Mount Auburn Street
P.O. Box 403
Watertown, MA 02272
Description: The Center for Field Research (CFR) supports field research by scientists and humanists working to investigate and/or preserve our physical, biological, and cultural heritage. CFR considers a broad range of basic and applied field research initiatives, giving particular attention to those of a multi-disciplinary nature or involving international collaboration. CFR encourages the inclusion of host-country nationals as research staff in developing countries. A typical project employs 18 to 50 volunteers, with 5 to 12 volunteers each on three to five sequential teams. Teams normally spend 10 to 20 days in the field. Longer-term research projects are encouraged.
Typical grant size: Awards are calculated on a per capita basis. Per capita grants range from $250 to $1,000, and project grants range from $10,000 to $150,000. The financial and volunteer structure of each grant should be discussed with the appropriate CFR program staff member at the preliminary proposal stage, before a full proposal is submitted.
Earthwatch does not normally provide funds for capital equipment, principal investigator (PI) salaries, university overhead or indirect costs, data analysis, or preparation of results for publication.
Applicants may present preliminary proposals by telephone, fax, or two-page letter to the director at any time. The preliminary proposal should describe the project, its research discipline, objectives, scholarly significance, and the composition and qualifications of the research staff. The preliminary proposal should also specify the number and use of volunteers, field dates, location, and approximate budget. CFR staff responds to preliminary proposals within 30 days of receipt.
If CFR determines that the project is consistent with Earthwatch's interests, the staff will invite a full proposal, due approximately 12 months before the scheduled start date of the fieldwork.
Requirements: Application is open to scholars of any nationality. Earthwatch primarily supports post-doctoral scholarship, although it occasionally funds exceptional initiatives by younger scholars and seasoned graduate students. CFR also welcomes proposals from advanced scholars. Projects must present field research in the sciences and humanities that deals directly with natural, cultural, and, occasionally, archival primary resources in any geographic region worldwide. Proposals from the full range of field disciplines will be considered. The research design must integrate non-specialists into the project.
Chiang Ching-kuo Senior Scholar Awards
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
Suite 131, Van Ness Center
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Description: Chiang Ching-kuo (CCK) Foundation grants support work in Chinese studies only in the humanities and social sciences. The Foundation's interests include, but are not limited to, Chinese cultural heritage, classical studies, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and China-related comparative studies. The Senior Scholar Awards Program is a new line of grants designed to allow full professors at academic institutions to complete research and writing while on sabbatical.
Typical grant size: Up to $40,000. Senior Scholar Awards are intended to supplement one year of sabbatical pay.
Requirements: No allowance is made for capital equipment, administrative costs, or overhead. Individual scholars may accept only one grant from the Senior Scholar Awards program, American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, or Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation/Joint Committee on Chinese Studies Fellowship in a single annual cycle.
CIES/Fulbright Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Suite 5M 3007 Tilden Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008-3009
Telephone: 202-686-4000 or -7866
Description: The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) was established in 1947 to administer the Fulbright Scholar Program in cooperation with the U.S. government. The purpose of the Fulbright Program is ''to enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries" by supporting university teaching, advanced research, graduate study, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
Fulbright Scholar Program. CIES publishes an awards book that describes over 1,000 teaching and research opportunities for American faculty and professionals in about 135 countries. For the PRC, grants are available in the categories of distinguished lecturer and lecturer.
Typical grant size: Varies according to program and location.
Requirements: All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Most categories require a Ph.D. and appropriate professional experience. Some awards require fluency in a foreign language.
CSCC/National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China
Committee on Scholarly Communication with China
1055 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Description: The Committee on Scholarly Communication with China (CSCC) offers support to scholars and advanced graduate students to visit the People's Republic of China. Under the National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China, the Graduate and Research Programs support American scholarly interests in the social sciences and humanities through sponsorship of long-term study and research in China.
Research Program: The Research Program supports individuals in the social sciences and humanities to conduct China studies research in the PRC. Members of joint research projects must submit separate applications. In-depth research on China, the Chinese portion of a comparative study, or exploratory research on an aspect of contemporary China is supported. This program may allow limited research in Hong Kong or elsewhere in East Asia to supplement primary research in the PRC. Tenure of two months to one year is required. The Committee gives preference to those who have not previously participated in the program, but encourages former participants to apply on the basis of publications resulting from research done during an earlier visit.
Typical grant size: Awards are determined by academic rank and duration of the project.
Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who hold a Ph.D. at the time of application.
Graduate Program: The Graduate Program supports individuals enrolled in a U.S. graduate program in the social sciences or humanities to carry out research or fieldwork at a Chinese institution. Chinese language proficiency is required; candidates must undergo an oral interview and written language exam as part of the selection process.
Typical grant size: $17,000
Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who hold a B.A. at the time of application. Chinese language proficiency acquired through at least three years of college-level study or its equivalent, preferably including time in a Chinese language environment, is required. Successful applicants must agree to complete 11 consecutive months in the PRC.
Fogarty International Center
Senior International Fellowship Program
Bldg. 31, Room B2C39
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892
Description: The Senior International Fellowship Program supports foreign study or research by established biomedical, behavioral, or health scientists.
The program is intended to enhance the exchange of ideas and information about the latest advances in health sciences, including the basic, clinical, and public health sciences; to permit U.S. scientists to participate abroad in ongoing study or research in the health sciences; and to improve the research, education, and clinical potential of the fellow's institution.
Senior International Fellowships are awarded for a total of three to twelve months. The award may be divided into as many as three terms, used over a three-year period, with a three-month minimum for any term.
Typical grant size: Awards include a stipend based on current salary level, foreign living allowance, round-trip airfare, and an institutional allowance of up to $500/month.
Requirements: Applicants must (1) hold a doctoral degree in one of the biomedical, behavioral, or health sciences; (2) have at least five years of postdoctoral experience; (3) have professional experience in one of the biomedical, behavioral, or health sciences for at least two of the last four years; (4) hold a full-time appointment on the staff of an institution, which must be a non-federal public or private not-for-profit research, clinical, or educational institution; and (5) be invited by a non-profit foreign institution. Federal government employees are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and may not have received more than one previous Senior International Fellowship.
The Fogarty International Center will not accept any proposal that has as its major feature brief observational visits; attendance at formal training courses; or full-time clinical, technical, or teaching services.
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Kress Travel and Dissertation Fellowships
174 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10021
Description: The Kress Foundation supports advanced graduate work in the history of art and advanced training in fine art conservation. Kress Travel Fellowships facilitate the viewing of materials essential for completing dissertation research. Kress Dissertation Fellowships support final preparation of the doctoral dissertation.
Typical grant size: Travel Fellowships programs of three to six months average $3,000 to $5,000. Dissertation Fellowships average $10,000.
Requirements: Applicants must be active doctoral candidates matriculated at an institution in the U.S. at the time of application. Applicants must be nominated by their affiliated department. Departments may nominate no more than three candidates to the Travel Fellowships program and one candidate to the Dissertation Fellowship program per cycle. No fellowships will be awarded to foreign students matriculated at non-U.S. institutions.
The Charles A. Lindbergh Fund, Inc.
Lindbergh Grants Program
708 South 3rd Street, Suite 110
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Description: The Lindbergh Grants Program supports research and educational projects that focus on a balance between the advancement of technology and preservation of the human/natural environment in the following categories: aviation/aerospace, agriculture, arts and humanities, biomedical research, conservation of natural resources, exploration, health and population sciences, intercultural communication, oceanography, waste disposal management, water resource management, and wildlife preservation. The Fund gives priority to research and educational projects that best address the issue of balance and are technically superior, regardless of category.
Typical grant size: Up to $10,580
Requirements: Citizens of all countries are eligible but related application materials must be submitted in the English language. The Fund welcomes candidates affiliated with academic or non-profit institutions.
The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.
U.S.-China Cooperative Research Program
111 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020
Description: The United States-China Cooperative Research Program encourages sustained, multi-year interaction among Chinese and
American scholars working on topics in the humanities and social sciences. The program supports projects involving specialists from all parts of China—the People's Republic, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Interaction among scholars from different institutions is encouraged. Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of intellectual merit and potential contribution to China studies, feasibility, mutual benefit, and level of institutional support.
Typical grant size: Awards range in size from $60,000 to $180,000 per project, over a three-year period.
Requirements: Luce welcomes proposals submitted by both Chinese and American scholars.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Division of Fellowships and Seminars, Room 316
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20506
Description: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships support work that will make a significant contribution to thought and knowledge in the humanities. The term "humanities" includes, but is not limited to, the following disciplines: history; philosophy; languages; linguistics; literature; archaeology; the history, theory, and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches. NEH fellowships are awarded through two programs: Fellowships for University Teachers, and Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars. The program to which a scholar applies is determined by the individual's institutional affiliation or circumstance. Projects proposed for support may address broad topics or consist of research in a single field.
These fellowships are designed to support scholars with a range of experience in a variety of circumstances: school, college, and university faculty and staff; scholars and writers affiliated with institutions with research or educational connections; scholars and writers affiliated with institutions with no connection to the humanities; and unaffiliated scholars and writers.
Typical grant size: Up to $30,000 for six to twelve months of full-time, uninterrupted study or research.
Requirements: Scholars currently enrolled in degree-granting programs and those seeking support for work toward a degree are not eligible.
National Geographic Society
Committee for Research and Exploration
17th and M Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688
Attn: Steven S. Stettes, Secretary
Description: The National Geographic Society, through its Committee for Research and Exploration, provides grants-in-aid for basic, original scientific field research and exploration covering a broad spectrum of disciplines from anthropology to zoology. Particular emphasis is placed on multi-disciplinary projects of an environmental nature.
Typical grant size: $15,000 and $20,000 per annum. Overhead, indirect expenses, or fringe benefits to an individual or institution will not be covered. Salaries and stipends are paid only in unusual and extreme circumstances and must be justified by the principal investigator (PI). The Society does not provide fellowships or scholarships, or pay tuition at any level.
Anticipated travel expenses will be verified through the Society's travel office and should be based on economy airfare rates. The Society does not provide funds for publication of research results (including page charges or reprints) and will not provide funds for travel to scientific meetings or conferences.
Research proposals will be considered for projects up to three years in length. Applications are accepted at any time and must be submitted on the official "green" application form. Each investigator, when requesting an application packet, must briefly describe in writing the research project for which funding is being requested. This preliminary statement should outline the significance of the research and list the project location and the intended dates of the research. This action will help candidates avoid completing an application for a project that is outside the scope of the Society. A current copy of the PI's curriculum vitae must accompany this descriptive preliminary statement. Projects for which the PI is a graduate student should so note and be submitted in the name of the student.
Requirements: PIs with advanced degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) who are associated with institutions of higher learning or other scientific and educational non-profit organizations or museums are eligible to apply. Grants have occasionally been awarded to exceptionally qualified graduate students with established publication records and to scientific researchers without advanced degrees. Ph.D. candidates must submit reprints of their recent publications. Citizens of any country may apply.
National Science Foundation
Office of International Programs
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
Description: The National Science Foundation (NSF) encourages U.S. participation in international science and engineering activities that promise significant benefit to U.S. research and education. Through the Division of International Programs (INT), the Foundation supports programs to initiate and develop international scientific cooperative activities and to foster U.S. knowledge of science and engineering developments in foreign countries.
INT supports the following activities: initial phases of cooperative research projects, postdoctoral research fellowships abroad, seminars and workshops, and short-term scientific visits for planning cooperative research activities. Proposals may be submitted at any time.
For proposed research in the People's Republic of China, counterpart agency approval is usually required. Counterpart agencies include the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the National Science Foundation of China, and the State Education Commission. Other Chinese institutions may qualify. Call the East Asia and Pacific Program coordinator for information.
Typical grant size: The average grant is between $30,000 and $45,000 for two years. Grants are available for up to three years; the amount of the award depends on the duration of the proposed research.
Requirements: Standard NSF eligibility criteria apply. Note that proposals from any NSF-supported field are eligible; this excludes the humanities and biomedical and clinical sciences. INT strongly encourages the involvement of U.S. graduate and postdoctoral students in proposals submitted to the division. Proposals involving research in China may also be submitted to the relevant disciplinary program at NSF. Applicants should contact those programs directly.
U.S. Department of Education
Center for International Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5331
Attn: Karla Ver Bryck Block
Description: The Center for International Education (CIE) administers fellowships for pre- and postdoctoral scholarship in China and other countries.
Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program: This program offers opportunities to faculty members of institutions of higher education for research and study abroad to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies.
Typical grant size: $6,000 to $960,000 for three to twelve months
Requirements: Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates must be employed at an institution of higher learning and have been engaged in teaching relevant to their foreign language or area studies specialization for the two years immediately preceding the date of the award. Proposed research must be relevant to the modern foreign language or area studies specialization. The project must contribute to the development or improvement of the study of modern foreign languages or area studies in those fields essential to full understanding of the areas, regions, or countries in which those languages are commonly used. The project cannot be dissertation research for a Ph.D. Applicants must possess adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the project.
Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program: This program provides opportunities for graduate students to conduct full-time dissertation research abroad that contributes to the development and improvement of modern foreign languages and area studies.
Typical grant size: $3,000 to $60,000 for six to twelve months.
Requirements: Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates must be graduate students in good standing at an institution of higher education and, when the fellowship period begins, have been admitted to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution; they must be planning a teaching career in the United States upon graduation and possess adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation research project.
The World Bank
The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program
World Bank Headquarters
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20433
Description: Each year, the program awards approximately ten fellowships to support innovative and imaginative postgraduate research in
areas of economic development. It does not support work toward an advanced degree (this includes field work for a Ph.D.). Fellowships are awarded for periods of 12 months, normally beginning July 1 and ending June 30 the following year. They cannot be extended or renewed.
Typical grant size: $25,000. Applicants may submit budgets up to $35,000; all budgets over the standard award are subject to negotiation.
Budgets may be supplemented by a flat $5,000 family allowance if family members accompany the fellow to the host country for six months or longer.
Requirements: Candidates must be nationals of World Bank member countries. Awards are not usually given to applicants over the age of 35. Applicants must hold an M.A. or equivalent at the time of application. Candidates for a Ph.D. at the time of application must have completed the degree by the program's initiation date in order to receive a fellowship.
Fellows must carry out their research under the auspices of an adviser in a host institution in a World Bank member country other than his/her own. Candidates are expected to make their own arrangements in connection with the project. Fellows are expected to have at least a working knowledge of the language spoken in the country in which they will carry out the research.