Geiss Foundation Publication Subvention Awards

The James P. Geiss Publication Subvention Award was established in 2010 and generally ranges between $3,500 to $4,500.  The subvention award may in certain cases exceed this limit.

Geiss Foundation gives priority consideration to applications that (1) help publish the work of a first-time author; and/or (2) enhance visual components through digitizing or adding color plates to otherwise black-and-white illustrations.  Although a primary purpose of the Geiss Award is to support first-time authors and their publishers to produce studies about China’s Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644), applications from already published authors are also considered.  All applications are evaluated on merit and the need for financial assistance.

Applicants with eligible subject matter are welcome to apply. Qualified individuals may apply but awards are made directly to the applicant’s press. Academic presses or publishers with not-for-profit tax status under US Internal Revenue Service are preferred.  Unless otherwise announced, applications submitted by email to before 1 September are reviewed, and awards for the following year will be announced in December of the application year.

Click on the appropriate link below for a pdf download of the relevant application form:

Geiss Subvention Award Application for Publishers

Geiss Subvention Award Application for Individuals

Application Procedures and Guidelines

Publisher and Individual applications for the Geiss Award should include the following in unlocked PDF format: The application guidelines and procedures for both Publisher and Individual applications are generally the same.  In (1) below, where the Publisher submits a letter of nomination, the applicant would submit his/her letter explaining the same points.  Reader reports of the proposed book must be submitted directly by the publisher.

(1) A publisher’s letter of nomination that explains:  a summary of the proposed book’s important in Ming studies, and the amount of money being requested.

(2) An abstract and a sample section of no less than 25 pages of the proposed book.  Representative illustrations, if applicable, should also be submitted.

(3) Reader reports of the proposed book already submitted to the publisher.

Geiss Award is meant to supplement the total cost of the production; the publisher or other sources shall meet a major portion of productions costs.  Geiss Award is not intended to and does not include overhead costs to a parent organization, like a university.