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National Humanities Center Partners with Geiss Hsu Foundation to Support Scholarly Work on Early Modern China

August 3, 2022

Geiss Hsu Foundation logo The National Humanities Center (NHC) has received an award from the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation to support a scholar working on a topic involving Early Modern China in each of the next three academic years, beginning in 2023–24. The award will help fund a residential fellowship at the Center for selected scholars to pursue book-length projects. They will join a cohort of 30 to 40 other humanities scholars from across disciplines working on a wide range of topics as part of the Center’s robust intellectual community.

Established in 2001, the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation encourages and supports scholarly research and interpretation of the Ming Dynasty in China (1368–1644) as well as dynastic predecessors and successors of the Ming, as well as contemporaries in geographic areas with which the Ming interacted, through awards to not-for-profit entities.

“Over the years, we’ve had a number of scholars working on late Chinese imperial history and culture,” said Matthew Booker, NHC vice president for scholarly programs. “We are delighted to have this support from the Geiss Hsu Foundation which allows us to encourage more scholarly exploration of this influential period in Chinese, and world, history.”

The National Humanities Center is currently accepting applications for the 2023–24 fellowship year. Scholars interested in this and other fellowship opportunities at the Center can visit our Become a Fellow page to learn more and submit an application.

About the Geiss Hsu Foundation

The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is named for James Geiss (1950–2000), a scholar of the Ming Dynasty, and his wife, Margaret Hsu, who established and led the James P. Geiss Foundation from 2001 until her death in 2017. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and sponsor scholarly research and interpretation of the Ming Dynasty in China by means of, but not limited to, awards to support research, publications, conferences, lectures, and exhibitions.

About the National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center is the world’s only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in all areas of the humanities. Through its residential fellowship program, the Center provides scholars with the resources necessary to generate new knowledge and to further understanding of all forms of cultural expression, social interaction, and human thought. Through its education programs, the Center strengthens teaching on the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Through public engagement intimately linked to its scholarly and educational programs, the Center promotes understanding of the humanities and advocates for their foundational role in a democratic society.


Don Solomon
Director of Communications