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Asian Studies

Currently, this subject guide primarily focuses on East Asia, and covers resources for the study of various social and humanities aspects (e.g. languages, literature, economics, history, politics, cultures...) of China, Japan, and Korea. Resources marked

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Funding Sources by Regions/Countries


Asian Foundation Programs 

Its Junior Associates in Asian Affairs Program provides graduate students and recent graduate degree holders the opportunity to further their professional development.


Asia Pacific Legal Institute Programs 

Promote comparative studies between the United States and Asia. It focuses on current international trade and intellectual property issues through educational programs, seminars, conferences, and delegation visits.


Henry Luce Foundation-- Asia Program

Supports advanced scholarship, creation of new resources, or promote the exchange of ideas and information between Americans and Asians.


MacArthur Foundation (John D & Catherine T)--International Program

Supports research on Global Migration and Human Mobility, Population and Reproductive Health, etc..


CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowships (Appl. deadline: Jan.15)

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi- Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans- regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research.


Boren Scholarships and Fellowships (Appl. deadlines: Jan. 30 & Feb.9) 

provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.


Harvard-Yenching Library Research Grant (Appl. deadlines: Apr.15 & Oct.15) 

Allows Asia-based senior scholars with proven publication records to conduct humanities and/or social science research in one or more of the specialized collections of Asian-language materials available only at the Harvard-Yenching Library.


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) --Fellowships (Appl. deadline: May 4) 

Support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.


Fulbright U.S. Scholar core Program (Appl. deadline: Aug.1) 

Offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.


Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), and American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) --Abe Fellowship (Appl. deadline: Sep.1)

Supports international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern.


American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)-- ACLS Fellowships (Appl. deadline: Sep.29) 

Support individual scholars at the postdoctoral level to pursue research in the humanities and social sciences.


American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)-- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowships - Fellowships for Recent Doctoral Recipients (Appl. deadline: Sep.29) 

Assist young scholars in the humanities and related social sciences in the first or second year following completion of the Ph.D.


American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) -- Collaborative Research Awards (Appl. deadline: Sep.29) 

Support collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences


American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) -- Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships (Appl. deadline: Sep.30) 

Enable advanced assistant professors in the humanities and related social sciences to conduct their research


American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)-- Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (Appl. deadline: Sep.30) 

Open to scholars engaged in long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences.


Harvard-Yenching Institute--Doctoral Scholarship Program (Appl. deadline: Sep.30) 

Allows junior faculty members and researchers of universities and research institutes affiliated with HYI to study abroad for a Ph.D. in the humanities and social sciences


Harvard-Yenching Institute— Visiting Fellows Program (Appl. deadline: Sep.30) 

Provides advanced Ph.D. candidates at our partner institutions an opportunity to conduct dissertation research at Harvard University for three semesters.


Harvard-Yenching Institute-- Visiting Scholars Program (Appl. deadline: Sep.30) 

Offers younger faculty members in the humanities and social sciences the opportunity to undertake 11 months of post-doctoral research at Harvard University.

The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (Appl. deadline: Oct. 1) 

Identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions.


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) -- Collaborative Research Grants (Appl. deadline: Oct.28)

Support original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars or research coordinated by an individual scholar

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (Appl. deadline: Nov.3) 

opens to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences -- regardless of citizenship -- enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. Applicants must complete all Ph.D. requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins.


American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) -- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowships - Dissertation Completion Fellowships (Appl. deadline: Nov.11) 

Assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing


Asian Cultural Council Programs (Appl. deadline: Nov.15) 

Programs provided include Asian Art and Religion Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, Humanities Fellowship Program. Japan-United States Arts Program, and John D. Rockefeller Third Award.


UC Pacific Rim Research Program (Appl. deadline: Dec.1) 

Supports collaborative research by UC faculty, graduate students, and their colleagues. Has three types: Research Grants, Workshop and Planning Grants, and Faculty Development Grants

Blakemore East Asian Language Fellowships/Grants (Appl. deadline: Dec.31) 

Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia in approved language programs. Blakemore Refresher Grants are intended to provide mid-career professionals an opportunity to refresh their language skills by attending a full-time language program for a summer or semester.


AAS China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) Small Grants (Appl. deadline: Feb.1)

Small grants up to $2,000 in a number of categories including: research travel, curriculum development, conference and seminar organization, collaborative projects, etc.


Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies -- Center for Chinese Studies, NCL Taiwan (Appl. deadline: May 31) 

Supports foreign humanities and social sciences scholars who conduct Chinese studies in Taiwan for periods between three months and one year.


Short Term Research Award (Ministry of Education, Taiwan) (Appl. deadline: June.30) 

The program supports international Ph.D. candidates with ABD status (All But Dissertation) or Post Doctoral fellows to undertake short term 2 to 6 months research in Taiwan and about Taiwan.


Taiwan Fellowship Program (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan) (Appl. deadline: August) 

Supports scholars worldwide who are interested in Taiwan, cross-strait relations, mainland China, Asia Pacific, and Sinology to conduct research in Taiwan’s universities or research institutes.


Social Science Research Council (SSRC)--Grants for Collaborative Research on Environment and Health in China (Appl. deadline: Aug.20)

The collaborative grants program supports Policy and practice-oriented research on environment and health in China.


American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)--American Research in the Humanities in China (Appl. deadline: Sep.29) 

Available to scholars in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences who have received a Ph.D. or its equivalent by the time of application.


American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)-- Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society (Appl. deadline: Sep.29) 

Supports collaborative work of three types in Chinese studies: planning meetings, workshops and conferences.


Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange  (Appl. deadline: Oct. 15)

Programs provided include Institutional Enhancement Grants, Research Grants, Conference and Seminar Grants, Publication Subsidies, Senior Scholar Grants, and Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies (Appl. deadline: Nov.15) 

Seeks to maintain the vitality of China Studies in the U.S. through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. Three programs include Pre-dissertation Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants.


Cressant Foundation

Supports the study of pre-modern Japan through support of university-structured study of the Japanese language, library development, publication of scholarly materials, and sponsorship of conferences and academic meetings. Applicants contact Linda Jack, 325M Sharon Park Dr., No. 424, Menlo Park, CA 94025.


The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program (Appl. deadline: Jan.15) 

A 10-month long intensive training program, it aims to provide the most promising young scholars with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields.


AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Japan Studies Grants (Appl. deadlines: Feb.1 & Oct.1)

Facilitate the research of individual scholars, to improve the quality of teaching about Japan, and to integrate the study of Japan into the major academic disciplines.


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) --Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan (Appl. deadline: May 4) 

Support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations.


Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Programs (Appl. deadline: Nov.1) 

have three types: Fellowships, Institutional Program Support, and JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies for conferences, colloquia, symposia, presentations, lectures, etc. (apply three months prior to the project starting date)


Toshiba International Foundation (appl. deadline: Nov.1) 

supports research programs and projects which could promote international understanding of Japan.


The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship (appl. deadline: Dec.1)  

Provides recent PhD recipients and ABDs (please see program eligibility requirements) with opportunities to conduct research in Japan under the leadership of a host researcher.


Korea Foundation--Support for Korean Studies Overseas (Appl. deadlines: Jan.31) 

Programs include Fellowship for Field Research program (Appl. deadline: Jul.31), Graduate studies Fellowship, and Postdoctoral Fellowship.


AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Korean Studies Grants (Appl. deadlines: Feb.1 & Oct.1) 

Assists the research of individual scholars based in North America to improve the quality of teaching about Korea on both the college and precollege levels, and to integrate the study of Korea into the major academic disciplines.


Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University, South Korea, Fellowship Program(Appl. deadlines: Aug. 31) 

Designed to provide scholars and doctoral candidates of foreign countries with an opportunity to carry out research on topics related to Northeast Asia at the Asiatic Research Institute of Korea University


Daesan Foundation 

Its Korean Literature and Culture Support Programs include Translation and Publication, Korean Literature Studies Scholarships, Academic Seminars, etc..

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Many sources listed here are from Foundation Directory Online and Pivot, two databases UCI Libraries have subscribed