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. Only one application per individual will be accepted in any one grant application round.

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

(1) 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 below. Also, please note, CIAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects. Regarding eligible research travel expenses, see below.

(2) short research trips for translators of scholarly books and articles to travel to major libraries and collections or other research sites directly related to the translation project; funding is not intended to compensate grant applicants for actual time spent translating.

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

(4) specialist or regional newsletters or websites disseminating important information to their respective fields

The following items are NOT eligible for funding:

(1) for research and translator travel applicants/awards, only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and personal 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.


To complete your application please attach (items 1-3 should be compiled in ONE Word file):

(1) A project statement not exceeding 1,000 words that describes the topic of this project and the role that CIAC support will play in enabling the project’s completion.

For research travel applications, the project statement should indicate the specific research or professional activities you will be engaged in; what archives, libraries, or other research facilities you intend to use or field sites you will visit; your tentative itinerary; and a schedule of expected completion of project and/or publication. Please also indicate: Is this your first trip to the planned research site or a follow-up trip to collect information not obtained on an earlier visit? Is this particular research trip crucial to completion of your project? Why?

Successful grant applications for Research Travel funding will have the following features; they will:

1. At the outset, state the nature of the question(s) being posed;

2. 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;

3. Make explicit what you are hoping to achieve;

4. Describe briefly the methods and/or materials that will be used to address the questions posed; and

5. Justify the research site(s) or archive(s) being selected for the project.

Any applicant’s research project that requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) or similar approval by law or institutional practice should receive this approval from the applicant’s institution or sponsoring organization prior to conducting the research for which this CIAC grant application is made. CIAC (or the AAS by extension) bears no responsibility or liability for awarding any CIAC Research Travel Grant for projects where this IRB approval should have been secured.

(2) A budget statement, delineated by type of expense. Please list all other sources and amounts of support you have obtained for this project as well as all pending applications for support.

For research Travel applicants, please note eligible travel expenses described above.

For Conference/Workshop/Seminar applicants, please prepare a detailed budget estimate demonstrating all expected sources of funding/revenue, expenses, and how precisely CIAC funds would be utilized.

Please be aware that 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 eligible 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.

(3) A current Curriculum Vitae not exceeding two pages for the applicant. NOTE: For conferences or workshops, you must also provide similar short CV’s for the conference organizer and any keynoters or principal participants.

(4) For graduate student applicants, a letter of recommendation from an advisor is required. Advisor recommendation letters for eligible graduate student applicants must be sent as an email attachment in PDF format on university letterhead directly by the advisor to grants@asian-studies.org to arrive by no later than the application deadline. Please note the student applicant name in the advisor recommendation letter file attachment and e-mail subject line.

All grant applicants must submit their application via a CIAC GRANT APPLICATION FORM. Grant applications must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on FEBRUARY 1, 2020.

Since current AAS membership is required for your grant application, please be sure to take care of this before the grant application deadline, especially when a deadline falls on the weekend. Advisor recommendation letters for eligible graduate student applicants must be sent as an email attachment in PDF format on university letterhead directly by the advisor to grants@asian-studies.org and also to arrive by no later than the above stated application deadlines. Please note the student applicant name in the advisor recommendation letter file attachment and e-mail subject line. Applications will only be considered for projects that begin on or after May 1, 2020, and will be completed on or before April 30, 2021. Awards will be decided by the China and Inner Asia Council at the 2020 AAS Annual Conference and applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-April. Successful applicants are required to submit a final report to CIAC and AAS.

QUESTIONS? For specific grant application questions not answered here, please contact Anne Gerritsen, CIAC Vice Chair: A.T.Gerritsen@warwick.ac.uk.

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