AAS China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) Small Grants

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The China and Inner Asia Council of the AAS (CIAC) is soliciting applications for awards of up to $2,000. Dissertation-level graduate students and scholars with special interests in China, Taiwan, or Inner Asia are invited to submit proposals. CIAC Small Grant awards are made possible through funding provided by the Chiang Ching-kuo (CCK) Foundation and from AAS-member donations.

Applicants must be current AAS members, but there are no citizenship requirements. Dissertation-level graduate students, junior and independent scholars (including language pedagogues and librarians), and adjunct faculty are especially encouraged to apply, but scholars of all levels are eligible. Applicants must not have received a CIAC Small Grant within the past three years.

Applications are specifically encouraged in the following areas of Chinese or Inner Asia studies:

(1) collaborative projects in which the grant will facilitate communication and limited curriculum development

(2) organization of conferences and seminars—particularly for the organization of small conferences and seminars away from major centers of Chinese studies

(3) short research trips for dissertation-level graduate students, and for scholars at non-research institutions, to travel to major libraries and collections or other research sites. If your project involves interviewing human subjects, please see specific requirements in this regard in the CIAC grant application itself. Also, please note, CIAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects. Regarding eligible research travel expenses, see immediately below. Successful grant applications for Research Travel funding will have the following features; they will:
  • At the outset, state the nature of the question(s) being posed;
  • Demonstrate the contribution(s) to the larger field (beyond the immediate, narrower subfield of the project) that the project aims to make; explain the project's significance to the more specific subfield in which the project will be situated; this may entail very briefly displaying awareness of previous work on the topic;
  • Make explicit what you are hoping to achieve;
  • Describe briefly the methods and/or materials that will be used to address the questions posed; and
  • Justify the research site(s) or archive(s) being selected for the project.
(4) specialist or regional newsletters or websites disseminating important information to their respective fields

(5) translations of scholarly books and articles. Support for translations is intended for the grant applicant her/himself to produce a scholarly translation (and not of their own work), not to hire professional translators to translate materials for them.

(6) travel by scholars working on a common project in Taiwan, China or North America

The following items are NOT eligible for funding:

(1) for research travel applicants/awards, only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement. Passport/Visa application fees, insurance, book or equipment purchases, shipping expenses, gifts, research assistants, translation costs, photocopying expenses or supplies, and survey costs are not eligible for reimbursement

(2) tuition or class fees of any kind, or any other expenses associated with participation in summer classes, institutes or related activities

(3) travel to conferences, including the AAS annual conference

(4) translation of an applicant's own work or to pay professional translators to translate materials

(5) book subventions and publication costs

(6) repeat applications for previously funded projects and organizations.

Questions? Please e-mail Carlos Rojas; c.rojas@duke.edu.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is FEBRUARY 1, 2016 (or the Monday following if the deadline falls on a weekend).

Application Process: Applications (10 copies, double-sided) should be sent by mail on a CIAC Small Grants Application Form (choose the "save" option to save this Word document to your own computer to fill out and print) along with 10 copies of all supporting materials to Association for Asian Studies, ATTN: CIAC Grants, 825 Victors Way, Suite 310, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 USA. Graduate student advisor recommendation letters do not require multiple copies. Applications for the current cycle must arrive in our Ann Arbor office (not be postmarked) by FEBRUARY 1, 2017 (or the Monday following if the deadline falls on a weekend). Applications will only be considered for projects that begin on or after May 1, 2017, and will be completed on or before April 30, 2018. Awards will be decided by the China and Inner Asia Council at the 2017 AAS Annual Conference and applicants will be notified of decisions shortly thereafter. Successful applicants are required to submit a final report to CIAC and AAS.

NOTE: AAS grants take the form of reimbursement rather than payment in advance, and only after project completion and grant report/form submission. Original receipts need to be retained and reimbursement is only for actual expenses incurred up to the amount of the grant awarded.

NOTE ABOUT INDIRECT COSTS: The AAS is unable to support funding requests for indirect costs from applicants to its small grant programs. The AAS is a membership organization rather than a funding agency, and conducts its grant programs as a service to the field through the voluntary help of its members. Funds for all grant programs originate from outside agencies, and individual awards are quite modest. We therefore ask applicants’ home institutions to waive their normal indirect cost requirements.