2015 Fu Foundation Essay Contest

Charles Wei-hsun Fu Foundation

ISCP Essay Contest in Asian Philosophy

The Charles Wei-hsun Fu Foundation and the International Society for Chinese Philosophy are pleased to announce the 2015 ISCP Essay Contest in Asian Philosophy.

A total of three prizes of $2,000 each are offered for the best essays in the area of Asian philosophy, including two awards for graduate students or junior faculty within five years of receipt of the Ph.D., one each in Chinese and English, as well as one award for a senior scholar, whose essay can be in either Chinese or English. Funding up to $1000 also will be provided for the winners to travel to the 2015 biennial ISCP conference in Hong Kong.

All awardees are required to attend the Hong Kong conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy conference to present their winning essays.


The contest is open to scholars at all levels, including independent scholars. However, preference will be given to young scholars beginning their careers, such as graduate students or assistant professors within five years of graduation), and senior scholars who require funding to attend the conference.


Files for the English language essay (double-spaced, 12 point Times Roman font), should be sent directly to the Fu Foundation— wawrytko@charleswei-hsunfufoundation.org. Essays in Chinese should be sent to Xiaomei Yang at yangx1@southernct.edu before they are forwarded to a judging committee. Decisions will be rendered by separate committees of scholars, drawn from the membership of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy.

Previously published papers are not acceptable. SUBMISSIONS IN ENGLISH SHOULD NOT EXCEED 5,000 WORDS; SUBMISSIONS IN CHINESE SHOULD NOT EXCEED 7,000 WORDS. DEADLINE: April 1, 2015.


The purpose of the contest is to encourage young scholars who show promise of making important contributions to the study and development of Chinese philosophy or Asian philosophy related to Chinese thought, and to help senior scholars with financial limitations to present their work at ISCP conferences.

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. CREATIVITY original philosophical insights, such as comparative analysis.
  2. COHERENCE a cogent, well-argued presentation.
  3. SCHOLARSHIP competence in dealing with philosophical texts and interpretations.

Please visit the Fu Foundation website to learn more about our programs: charleswei-hsunfufoundation. org


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