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Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Grants for translation in East and SEAsian Archaeology
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The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the third annual competition for grants to individuals in the archaeology and early history of East and Southeast Asia. This program is undertaken in cooperation with the Henry Luce Foundation.

Research fellowships and training grants will be awarded for study of the peoples and cultures of early East Asia. Comparative projects and those that build scholarly networks are especially encouraged. Proposals may cover prehistoric or historical periods, but must focus on research or training that involves excavations and/or excavated materials.

For the purposes of this program, "East and Southeast Asia" refers to Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

ACLS grants to individuals are part of the comprehensive Luce Initiative on East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History that also includes a competition for invited institutions—universities and museums— administered by the Luce Foundation’s Asia Program.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS grants to individuals seek to
• promote research, including the interpretation and analysis of sites, artifacts, and texts;
• train the next generation of specialists;
• foster cooperation among specialists in East and Southeast Asia, and in the United States and Canada; and
• bring to wide public appreciation the results of recent discoveries and research.

General inquiries about the competition should be sent via email to the ACLS office in New York at Information about submitting applications is also available from ACLS offices in Beijing at and Hanoi at

Translation Grants will be awarded to scholars (including PhD candidates) for translation of scholarly works of significant value to the field, from English into an East or Southeast Asian language, that fill a critical gap in East or Southeast Asian literature. Applicants should provide evidence of formal training or practical experience in translation. Proposed plans of work should include residence at an institution at which the translator can consult with the author of the original text or with a specialist in the field who works primarily in the original text’s language. Funds will be available for a minimum residence of one academic semester.
Award: $20,000 for six months (amount reduced pro-rata for shorter tenure) plus travel allowance.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will judge proposals on their intrinsic intellectual merit, the clarity and cogency with which they are presented, and the significance of their contribution to the field of East or Southeast Asian archaeology and early history. Especially encouraged are applications for projects and training that stimulate and enable international communication among scholars. Applications will be stronger if their workplans include mentoring and collaboration.

Application Forms, Grant Periods, and Deadlines

Application forms are currently being revised and will be available shortly in .pdf format. Applicants may propose work for a specific period that begins at any time from June 2008 to September 2009. Notifications will be sent in April 2008. Each application requires two letters of recommendation and one language evaluation from a person qualified to assess the applicant’s language ability.

We expect to post revised application materials by July 18.
Fully completed applications must be received by November 14, 2007. Applications should be sent to:

Grants for East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History
American Council of Learned Societies
633 Third Avenue, 8th floor
New York, NY 10017-6795, USA

Applications must arrive by mail or courier service. Applications will not be accepted by fax or email. Applicants should send an email to on the day they send their application materials to ACLS. Each applicant will receive email confirmation when their application is received at ACLS in New York.

General inquiries about the competition should be sent via email to the ACLS office in New York at Information about submitting applications is also available from ACLS offices in Beijing at and Hanoi at

Printed versions of application forms are available by written request from ACLS-New York or from ACLS offices in Hanoi and Beijing.

Hanoi Office
Attn: Grants for East Asian Archaeology and Early History
Center for Educational Exchange with Vietnam
Nha so 5, Ngo 2
Pho Giang Van Minh
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Tel: 84 4 723 6825 / 723 6826
Fax: 84 4 723 6827

Beijing Office
Attn: Arthur Tai
Committee on Scholarly Communication with China
City Plaza Office Tower, Suite 16H
Shilipu, Chaoyang District
Beijing 100025 China
Tel: 86 10 6556-6322
Fax. 86 10 6556-2497

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