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American Council of Learned Societies: China Studies

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: November 8, 2017

Postdoctoral fellowships support work based on the applicant’s research in China that aims to produce a scholarly text in English. 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 full statement addressing the relevance of the project to the broader issues in the discipline as well as to the field of China studies; the intended contribution of the research to the discipline; a detailed research design; the proposed institutional affiliation in China; and an assessment of the project's feasibility, the nature of results expected, and the rationale for the length of time that is being requested. In addition, applicants must possess an adequate working knowledge of Chinese.

Grant tenure may be from six continuous months to one academic year and must take place in China.  Awards are intended to allow leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities. There is no financial support for dependents. To be eligible, applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents with three years continuous residence in the US.

Applications for this program must be submitted online at

Host Institutions: American Council of Learned Societies
Location: New York, NY
Point of Contact: American Council of Learned Societies
Phone: (212) 697-1505 x135

About NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants to independent centers for advanced study and international research organizations to support fellowship programs for humanities scholars through its Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). NEH fellowships provide scholars with stipends, a collegial environment, and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, or American overseas research centers or other organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. The centers and organizations establish their own peer review procedures for the selection of NEH grant recipients and administer the awards. NEH provides funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months.

Amount of Award

Amount of the award will vary by the number and length of the fellowships offered by the host institution.


Centers and organizations applying for these grants may not be affiliated with an institution of higher education and must be independently governed, financed, and administered. In addition, they must have a pre-existing fellowship program maintained with non-NEH funding. Eligibility for NEH fellowships at these research institutions is limited to United States citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant. NEH research opportunities are intended for persons who have already completed their formal academic training. Consequently, persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible for NEH fellowships and research grants.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.