Publication Subventions

Subvention awards support not-for-profit academic presses in publishing books that align with the Geiss Hsu Foundation’s mission and goals. Applications are evaluated on the basis of merit and the need for financial assistance. Please thoroughly review the Geiss Hsu Foundation’s mission statement and guidelines before applying.

Priority consideration will be given to applications that: (1) help publish the work of a first-time and/or independent author; and/or (2) enhance the book visually through the use of maps or illustrations, especially when they closely relate to the arguments of the text.

Awards are made directly to the publisher, and publishers are encouraged to collaborate with their authors in applying. Publishers with not-for-profit tax status under the US Internal Revenue Service Code, or international organizations that meet their countries’ definitions of registered charities or academic institutions, are eligible to apply.

Subvention awards usually range from $3,500 to $5,500. Awards are meant to supplement the total cost of production, and assume that the majority of production costs have already been met. They are not intended to include overhead costs to a parent organization, such as a university.

Should you have questions or difficulties with the application, please contact

How to Apply

Submit applications by email to

Application deadlines

Applications submitted by:

September 1st
Will be reviewed and awards will be announced by November of the same year;

March 1st
Will be reviewed and awards will be announced by May of the same year

Application Requirements

Publishers’ applications should include the following in unlocked PDF format:

    1. A completed application form
    2. A publisher’s letter of nomination that provides a summary of the proposed book’s importance in Ming and Chinese studies, the amount of money requested, and to what purpose an award would be used, particularly as it relates to visual enhancements such as maps and illustrations;
    3. An abstract, table of contents, and a sample section of 25-30 pages of the proposed book. Representative illustrations, if relevant, should also be submitted;
    4. Reader reports of the proposed book, as already submitted to the publisher. If available, please include the author’s response to those reports;
    5. A list of grants and awards that have already been received or are pending.