Call for Applications: Geiss Hsu Annual Conference Travel and Participation Grant

The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation has awarded the Association for Asian Studies $20,000 to fund participation for Ming Studies scholars in the 2023 Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

Logo of the Geiss Hsu Foundation

The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private, not-for-profit foundation which encourages and sponsors scholarly research and interpretation of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) in China. The Geiss Hsu Foundation supports studies of the predecessors and successors of the Ming, as well as contemporaries in geographic areas with which the Ming interacted.

The Geiss Hsu Annual Conference Travel and Participation Grant will award up to $2,000 each in travel support to scholars specializing in studies of Ming China, as well as scholars who engage in research related to the Ming. Applicants do not need to be a part of an organized session, nor do they need to be members of the AAS, to receive the grant.

Scholars of diverse rank and affiliation may apply for the grant, but preference will be given to contingent or part-time faculty, students, and independent scholars. The grant will cover expenses for in-person participation such as conference registration, economy airfare, and hotel. A select number of virtual participants will receive support for their registration.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • 1-page letter of application, which should detail:
    • The applicant’s current research and its connection to Ming Studies
    • The applicant’s plan for AAS conference participation. This should include details of session presentation, including title and focus (if applicable), and a proposed plan for networking and engagement in conference activities
  • CV

Please submit all materials to AAS Executive Director Hilary Finchum-Sung ( by December 10, 2022 December 19, 2022, to receive full consideration. Awards will be announced in mid-January 2023.

The Association for Asian Studies is grateful for the support of the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation and is delighted to have this opportunity to support conference participants.