Opportunities for Scholars Studying Early Modern China

Emperor Jiajing on his state barge. Scroll c. 1538. (National Palace Museum, Taiwan)

The National Humanities Center welcomes fellowship applications from scholars engaged in the study of China, during and adjacent to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).

The Center is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation to provide residential fellowship support to a scholar of early modern China and its world, beginning with the 2023–24 academic year and concluding in 2025–26.

Established in 2001, the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation encourages and supports scholarly research and interpretation of imperial China during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), as well as its immediate predecessors and successors and of contemporaries in geographic areas with which the Ming interacted.

As with all the Center’s fellowship recipients, Fellows selected through this opportunity will be assigned private studies with 24-hour access to the Center’s facilities, enjoy breakfasts and lunches prepared by the Center’s kitchen staff, and receive the support of the Center’s dedicated librarians. They may also take part in scholarly colloquia, reading groups, and social activities with other leading scholars from around the world. More information on these services can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Applicants must meet the general eligibility requirements of the residential fellowship competition and may apply for a residential fellowship for the fall semester (September through December), spring semester (January through May), or academic year (September through May). Interested scholars must apply directly to the Center via our online system. Each year, the residential fellowship competition opens on July 1 and closes in early October. Please check the program page for details on the current competition deadline, as well as information regarding the Center’s online application, services, and support.