The Center for Asian Studies is pleased to post funding opportunities for faculty members. Although some are CU-related, most are external opportunities that we post as we hear about them. We invite you to explore the different funding opportunities available:

Asia-Related Event Funding (deadlines the first Friday of each month through the academic year)

  • Note: We are currently accepting applications for AY 2018-19 Speaker Series Events.

Global Seminars

Other Funding and Opportunities

The American Council of Learned Societies

Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society | Deadline: November 7, 2018

These grants for collaborative work in China studies are funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

In this cycle of competitions ACLS invites proposals in the humanities and related social sciences that adopt an explicitly cross-cultural or comparative perspective. Projects may, for example, compare aspects of Chinese history and culture with those of other nations and civilizations, explore the interaction of these nations and civilizations, or engage in cross-cultural research on the relations among the diverse and dynamic populations of China. Proposals should be empirically grounded, theoretically informed, and methodologically explicit.

The program supports collaborative work of three types:

Planning Meetings: Grants up to $6,000 for one-day meetings to develop topics selected by participants. These brainstorming sessions may lead to workshops or conferences, but that is not required.

Workshops: Grants of $10,000 to $15,000 for workshops to promote discussion and the exchange of ideas on newly available or inadequately researched data or texts in a collegial, seminar-like setting. Workshops are not mini-conferences for presentation of formal papers describing work already completed.

Conferences: Grants up to $25,000 for formal conferences for presentation of significant new research to be published in a conference volume.
The program promotes interchange among scholars who may not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Accordingly, there will be no support for activities that include scholars from only one institution, that fall within an institution’s normal range of colloquia, symposia, or seminar series, or that consist of regularly scheduled meetings, conventions, or parts thereof. Activities proposed must include at least one scholar from Taiwan.

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Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies 

Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants | Deadline: November 7, 2018

These grants provide support for collaborative reading of texts in a workshop format that is interdisciplinary and crosses scholarly generations. A wealth of often complex and challenging texts is a distinctive feature of the Chinese cultural record, making close reading by a group of scholars especially fruitful, because they can bring to bear a diversity of research, experience, and expertise. Collaboration refers primarily to the sustained, collective examination of texts. But it may also characterize the conceptualization of the workshop by several scholars. If there is more than one organizer, the applicant should make this clear in the application essay. However, the applicant, if awarded, will be responsible on behalf of the group for corresponding with ACLS, for signing the grant letter and receiving funds, and for signing the final report. Workshop participants should be drawn from several different institutions.

Formats of workshops may vary, but each should be based on texts that illuminate a period, tradition, culture, location, or event. At the workshop, each text may be introduced by one or two participants, with others being asked to read and explicate a portion thereof. Close reading and careful translation are thus the basis for workshop discussion. Sufficient time should be provided for sustained collaborative reading – one day would seem too brief; three days much more productive.

Reading workshops are less formal than conferences; they involve interactive reading, interpretation and commentary by a seminar-sized group. (Applications proposing a series of individual presentations, especially to a larger audience, should consider applying to the Chiang Ching Kuo/ACLS program in Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society.) 

Awards for collaborative reading workshops may be used to support travel and lodging costs of participants, acquisition of materials, communications, and local arrangements. Funds may not be used for salary replacement, honoraria, or institutional indirect costs. Funding will not be provided for events that constitute elements of a regularly scheduled series or colloquium, or that otherwise form part of the annual cycle of a university program. Luce/ACLS-funded reading-workshops must bring together scholars who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together.

The primary objects of study should be written texts, but these may be supplemented by images and objects such as archaeological artifacts.

The principal objective is a new understanding of the texts and the subject matter they illuminate. A publication might result, but it is not a requirement of the reading-workshop grant. No additional financial support for publication is anticipated.

Selection Criteria
The significance of the texts chosen for illuminating aspects of the study of the cultures, histories, and societies of China; and  
Interdisciplinarity in the study of texts; for example, sociologists and literary scholars might be invited to read historical documents, historians to join the reading of philosophical manuscripts, etc.
Including graduate students, and scholars from Chinese institutions, is encouraged.

Awards will be made based on the rationale for the type of event(s) planned and the prospect for new interpretations of the texts selected for reading.

A final report is required, written in a form that may be published on the ACLS website.

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