US National Humanities Center East Asian Scholars Program

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With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Humanities Center invites proposals from scholars at elite East Asian universities for fellowships for the 2018-19 academic year. The current participating universities are Tsinghua, Fudan, Shanghai Jiao Tong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University, National University of Singapore, and National Taiwan University, although we are open to expanding participation from stellar institutions.

In addition to traditional fields in the humanities, we invite proposals from scholars working on projects that present exciting interdisciplinary connections like bioethics, environmental humanities, history of science and technology, and film and media studies. We are especially interested in the diversity of our fellowship class so scholars of Asian descent are particularly welcome, although the ultimate criterion for selection remains the quality of the proposal.  

Selected scholars will have the opportunity to pursue their research projects in an interdisciplinary and international community in which they can share perspectives and form long-lasting connections with their colleagues.

Established in 1978 and located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina, the National Humanities Center is the world’s only independent institution exclusively dedicated to fostering advanced research in the Humanities. Over 1400 scholars from 40 nations have been in residence since its inception and they have produced over 1500 books, many of which have won top awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bancroft Prize. Between 35 and 40 Fellows are chosen from some 600 applicants each year. Fellowships at the National Humanities Center are considered among the most prestigious in the world

For Luce Fellows, the Center will provide financial support for housing, a rental car and insurance, and health insurance. The scholar’s home institution is responsible for providing the necessary salary and international travel costs. Excellent spoken and written English skills and the ability to drive a car in the U.S. are necessary.

The application deadline for submission of all materials is October 18, 2017. Further information about the Center and the application process can be found at

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