CCK Foundation Library Travel Grant 2021

Deadlines: March 20 and October 20, 2021

Thanks to the support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the EACS will continue to fund in 2021, one-week visits for specialized research in Sinological libraries or for research in one of the major European museums for Chinese art, depending on the availability of funds. Applications received before the two deadlines of March 20 and October 20 will be considered within 3 weeks after receipt.

Applicants should be Sinologists based permanently in Europe, preferably paid-up members of the EACS. Non-members will be considered, especially in case of students and young scholars (up to 35 years), if accompanied by a recommendation letter from an EACS member.

Applications for Travel Grants are restricted to two applications by the same applicant, with first-time applicants having priority. Once the grant has been approved, the beneficiary must use it in maximum 6 months from the approval date.

Priorities are given to applicants as follows:
a. Central and Eastern Europe students
b. Western Europe students
c. Central and Eastern Europe scholars
d. Western Europe scholars


APPLICATIONS must include:

a letter stating the library/the museum to be visited and intended dates of travel;
a statement of purpose, including a short description of the research project, with precise indication of the sources and material to be used (the easiest way to obtain this information is to consult the electronic catalogues of the respective libraries accessible also through the EACS website) or the collection;
a written statement obtained from the Librarian of the institute/curator where the proposed visit is to take place, confirming that the research materials required are available for consultation;
a one-page curriculum vitae with a list of main publications (in case of more advanced scholars);
a statement of the travel expenses (Apex economy airfare or 2nd class rail fare), including a note of other sources of funding;
in the case of PhD students, a letter of recommendation from their supervisor;
in the case of non-members, a letter of recommendation from an EACS member;
address for correspondence, including e-mail.


Applications should be sent to the following coordinators by e-mail only:

1) for research on pre-modern China (i.e. before 1840) to Prof. Bernhard Fuehrer, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG, United Kingdom. E-mail: Prof. Fuehrer is able to process applications sent by e-mail only;
2) for research on modern China (i.e. since 1840) to Prof. Andrea Riemenschnitter, University of Zürich, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Department of Chinese Studies, Zürichbergstr. 4, CH-8032 Zürich, Switzerland, E-mail:
3) for research in one of the major European museums for Chinese art to Minna Törmä, University of Glasgow, History of Art, 8 University Gardens, Glasgow G128QH, United Kingdom, E-mail:


Payment of Grants

1) If applications are approved, grants will be made to include travel expenses and a per diem allowance, which will vary from place to place.
2) The grants will be paid on completion of the visit.
3) Applicants who, due to special circumstances, need to receive the grant in advance, should indicate so in their application.
4) For citizens of Russia and other countries not belonging to the Euro Zone, arrangements will be made for them to collect the grant at the place of the library upon their arrival.
5) On completion of their visit, all recipients of a grant should obtain a letter signed by the librarian/museum curator, certifying that the visit has been made and specifying the dates when it began and ended.
6) The librarian’s letter and a brief report of about one page should be sent directly to the administrator of the LTG finances: Claude Chevaleyre, Institut d’Asie Orientale (IAO), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 15 Parvis René Descartes, BP 7000, 69342 Lyon Cedex France, E-mail:
7) Any publication using material collected during the programme should include acknowledgement of support received from the CCK Foundation.



(For further details about the libraries see our website or the website of the European Association of Sinological Librarians at:
Delphine Spicq, Bibliothèque de l’Institut des Hautes Études Chinoises, Collège de France, 52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France. Fax: +33-1-44 27 18 79. E-mail:
GERMANY Matthias Kaun, East Asia Department, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Potsdamer Strasse 33, 10785 Berlin, Germany. Tel.: +49 30 266 436000 Fax: +49 30 266 336001. E-mail:
Hanno Lecher, CATS Library, Heidelberg University, Vossstr. 2, Building 4110, D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany. Tel: +49-6221-54 15041. E-mail:
Ms Renate Stephan, The Bavarian State Library, Section East Asia, Fax: +49-89-28636-2805. E-mail:
NETHERLANDS Marc Gilbert Asian Library, P.O. Box 9501 2300 RA Leiden The Netherlands Tel. +31(0) 71 527 3443. E-mail:
UNITED KINGDOM Charles Aylmer, Chinese Section, University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR, United Kingdom. Fax: +44-1223-333-160. E-mail:
Ms Christine WISE, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG, UK. Telephone +44 (0)20 7898 4166; E-mail:
Sara Chiesura / Emma Goodliffe, Chinese section, Asia and African Collections, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB., +44 (0)20 7412 7152
David Helliwell, Bodleian Library, Oxford, OX1 3BG, United Kingdom. Fax: +44-1865-277132. E-mail:


Museum Volkenkunde (Museum van Wereldkulturen), Leiden 
Please note: Museum Volkenkunde has also an excellent library
Contact: Willemijn van Noord, Junior Conservator/Junior Curator China,, tel. +31 (0) 880042978
Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities / Östasiatiska museet
In order to arrange a research visit please fill in a form at least three months in advance of the planned visit:
British Museum, London WC1B 3 DG
Contact: Jessica Harrison-Hall, Head of China Section, Curator of Chinese Ceramics, email, tel. +44 (0) 2073238848
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The access to objects from V&A storage is currently closed because of the V&A Here East Project which includes the relocation of their research facilities and storage to East London.
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF; Contact: Karwin Cheung, Assistant Curator East and Central Asia, email, tel. +44 (0) 131 247 4081