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.

Please note that the award of CIAC small grants for Spring 2018 is dependent on the AAS/CIAC receiving continued funding for this program. The results of an AAS/CIAC grant application for outside funding are still pending, and will not be known until late December 2017/early January 2018. Please revisit this webpage at the end of the year for an update.

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 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.

Questions? Please e-mail Naomi Standen, N.Standen@bham.ac.uk.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on FEBRUARY 1, 2018.

All grant applicants must submit their application BY E-MAIL on a CIAC grant application form (choose the "Save File" option to save this Word document to your own computer to fill out and attach to your email application). Grant application materials must be submitted by email attachment as one continuous Word document file in the following order: (1) the grant application; (2) project statement; (3) budget; (4) CV(s); and, if applicable (5) any other additional information to grants@asian-studies.org. Your application must include your name in the e-mail subject line. Grant applications must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on FEBRUARY 1, 2018. 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 the same grants@asian-studies.org email address 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, 2018, and will be completed on or before April 30, 2019. Awards will be decided by the China and Inner Asia Council at the 2017 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.

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 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.