CCKF-CHCI 2019 Summer Institute in Chinese Studies and Global Humanities - Call for Proposals

The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF) have renewed their collaborative program to support an annual Summer Institute on the topic of “Chinese Studies and Global Humanities.” The renewed collaboration, funded with a US$105,000 grant from the CCKF and US$45,000 from the CHCI, will support one Summer Institute each year for three years beginning in 2019. Thus, US$50,000 total ($35,000 from CCKF and $15,000 from CHCI) is available to support each of the three Summer Institutes.

The Summer Institutes will invite established scholars from different CHCI regions as speakers to share their insights and experiences with participating junior scholars. The host organization and the precise topic of the institute will vary each year. CHCI member organizations will propose institutes according to the guidelines below; the selection of each year’s host will be made by the CHCI International Advisory Board about a year in advance of each institute.

Deadline and Timing 

Updated: the extended deadline to submit proposals is October 1, 2018. The 2019 Summer Institute should be scheduled to take place between June 1 and August 31, 2019.

The CHCI International Advisory Board will appoint a board subcommittee to consider the applications and will notify applicants of the results of their deliberations by the end of September 2018.

Criteria and Instructions

Any humanities center or institute anywhere in the world with CHCI membership in good standing may apply for funding to plan and host the 2019 Summer Institute. Applicants are asked to fill out the attached form, including a brief description of the topic/theme of the proposed Summer Institute; a general outline of the program including types of sessions (lectures, roundtables, workshops, etc.); names of speakers/consultants to be invited to participate; and a tentative budget including proposed matching funds offered by the host institution.

The committee is particularly interested in proposals that involve:

  • The inclusion and mentoring of junior scholars as integral to the event
  • A variety of session formats, including roundtable discussions, field trips, film screenings, and/or training sessions.
  • International topics and roster of participants
  • Humanistic approach to an interdisciplinary theme
  • A vision for collective work, rather than a traditional conference or colloquium
  • Collaboration of more than one CHCI member organization in planning

The foregoing items are not requirements but may be viewed as suggestions.

We expect but do not require that the host institution would commit $15,000 of its own resources, some of which could come from in-kind contributions.

CHCI expects the hosting institution to submit a report on the event approximately two months following the completion of the Summer Institute.

To apply, please fill out and submit the form below by September 15, 2018.

For any question, please contact Guillaume Ratel, CHCI Director of Programs, at

Please note that your center director will be Principal Investigator
if applicable
Please note that the institute can last up to two weeks between June 1st and September 1st, 2019.
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Please upload a tentative schedule (.doc of .pdf) for the workshop, listing speakers you would like to invite, texts you would assign, and other activities.
Please upload a tentative budget (.xls, .doc, or .pdf), including information on matching funds to be provided, if applicable
Please upload letter of support (.doc or .pdf) from the director of the host center or institute, including specifics of any institutional support to be provided (additional funding, in-kind contributions, staff support, etc.)