Institutional Enhancement Grants


Academic institutions are invited to apply for support to strengthen their Chinese Studies programs in the humanities and social sciences. Priority will be given to institutions that already have graduate or undergraduate programs in Chinese Studies. Grants for new teaching positions are usually given for no more than three years. Matching-funds from the sponsoring institutes are strongly recommended. Awards may include salary and fringe benefits and usually range from US$100,000 to $140,000 for a three-year period.

Institutional Enhancement Grants will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. The grant's potential long-term impact.
  2. The grant should help fund a new position, not fill an old position or add to a professor's existing course load.
  3. Priority consideration will be given to those institutions which make a commitment to continue to fund the new position after the termination of the Foundation's grant.
  4. Consideration will be given to balanced geographic distribution of the grants.

All applications must include the following items, in the order listed below:

  1. Project abstracts (in Chinese and English).
  2. A detailed itemized budget (If this sum is to be supplemented by matching funds, please include this information in the budget).
  3. A description of the proposed project of no more than 7 pages in length.
  4. All applications should also include curriculum vitae of the project director and any co-directors, as well as lists of publications over the last five years related to the proposed project, and any relevant supporting materials.

Although applications for IE grants are still being considered, no application will be accepted without a prior consultation with the Foundation leading to a positive appraisal of the project's practicality and importance.


  1. The Foundation's grants provide support for research on Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences.
  2. Funding is not provided for capital equipment(including computers and printers), building design, construction, or maintenance.
  3. Funding is not available for university administrative costs including overhead or endowments.
  4. The Foundation does not subsidize administrative expenses or the purchase of equipment.
  5. Foundation funds can only be transferred to and managed by institutional accounts. Letters of support from the applicant's institution must express the institution's willingness to comply with these procedures.
  6. With the exception of Senior Scholar Grants, the Foundation does not supply funding for the salaries for project directors or co-directors.
  7. The Foundation does not fund library acquisitions, with the exception of those related to the establishment of new teaching positions.
  8. Applicants who already hold a two-year research grant are not eligible to apply for a senior scholar or postdoctoral grant that would run concurrently with that grant.
  9. The Foundation encourages applications with matching funds from other sources.
  10. When preparing itemized budgets, please use US dollars as the unit of currency.
  11. The Foundation reserves the right to post project abstracts and reports on its websites.


Beginning on August 1, 2011, the Foundation will begin to accept electronic applications for this type of grant. Applications must be submitted to our online application database. E-mail and paper applications will not be accepted. Applications may be submitted every year from August 1 (to start the application process, please click here).


  1. The application period for this type of grants is from August 1 to October 15. Applications after October 15 will not be accepted.
  2. The Foundation will initially direct all messages and correspondence about the applications to respective project directors. Written critiques will not be provided for proposals submitted to the Foundation.
  3. A list of grant recipients will be announced in late May of the year following the October deadline.


Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
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