AAS-Gale Fellowship

Application Deadline: April 24, 2023 11:59pm ET

Applications must be submitted via the portal, accessible through the button below.

Watch the information session about this fellowship opportunity! It is highly recommended applicants watch this video before applying. View presentation slides prepared by Chris Houghton.


The AAS-Gale Non-Residential Fellowship will support research or teaching projects that rely on Gale Primary Sources and use digital humanities methodologies. Award fellows will be given access to Gale Digital Scholar Lab to use with China and the Modern WorldArchives Unbound – Asian studies titles, and Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Asia and the West for the duration of their fellowship. Applicants must make clear how they will use digital methods and the corpus of materials in Gale Primary Sources to further their research and teaching. 

There will be five AAS-Gale Non-Residential Fellowships available. Each award will be $2,500 and support the equivalent of one month’s full-time work (160 hours). Awardees may dedicate four consecutive weeks of their full working hours to the fellowship project or spread their work out over a longer period. Fellowships will be awarded by May 30, 2023 and must be completed by November 30, 2023.  

In addition, Fellows will receive an additional $500 stipend from Gale to present their work at the AAS Annual Conference in 2024 in Seattle, WA, to assist with their travel and accommodation expenses.

The application deadline is Monday, April 24th at 11:59pm ET

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Current AAS Members (all applicants must be AAS members at the time of application).
  • All AAS Members, including current PhD students, postdocs, independent scholars, early career scholars, and senior scholars, are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the application portal at the button below. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted.

Please prepare:

  • A 500-word cover letter detailing how your current professional experience equips you to succeed in the fellowship.
  • 1,000-word project proposal, including your research plan, and how you would utilize Gale Digital Scholar Lab, in conjunction with China and the Modern World and/or Archives Unbound – Asian Studies titles, and/or Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Asia and the West. Any of the archives mentioned may be used separately or in combination on the condition that they be used with Gale Digital Scholar Lab to advance their digital humanities research methods.
  • A CV (no longer than 3 pages).

Within one month of the conclusion of their Fellowship, each awardee will submit a 2-3 page case study derived from their work that explains how they used the corpus of materials in China and the Modern World, Archives Unbound – Asian studies titlesNineteenth Century Collections Online: Asia and the West, and Gale Digital Scholar Lab and other select Gale resources. The report should highlight the research or pedagogical value of their project.

Thank you to everyone who applied; applicants will be notified by May 30, 2023 of their application status.


Are MA students allowed to apply?

MA students are not encouraged to apply due to the requirement to utilize the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, which is better suited for Doctoral or Postdoctoral research.

Can I use sources in Gale Digital Scholars Lab for my publication?

Scholars can publish sources found in Gale Digital Scholars Lab; however, they cannot be published in books for commercial sale. Visualizations may be used in a monograph.

Will this be a recurring Fellowship opportunity?

At this time, no. The Fellowship is a one-off program for the summer of 2023 and will not be offered again in future years.

Is there a citizenship requirement with this Fellowship?

No, there is no citizenship requirement. Any current AAS member is welcome to apply regardless of nationality.

What is included with Gale Digital Scholar Lab?
What is the timeline of this Fellowship?

Fellowships will be awarded by May 30, 2023 and must be completed by November 30, 2023. To allow flexibility to those with teaching or other professional engagements, awardees may dedicate four consecutive weeks of their full working hours to the fellowship project or spread their work out over a more extended period.

Questions? Email grants@asianstudies.org

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