Award-Winning Books

Two GHF-funded books were recently recognized for excellence:

Plum Shadows and Plank Bridge: Two memoirs about Courtesans (Columbia University Press, 2020), edited and translated by Wai-yee Li, won the Association for Asian Studies’ Patrick D. Hanan Book Prize for Translation, given biennially to an outstanding English translation of a significant work in any genre originally written in Chinese or an Inner Asian Language, from any time period. 

What the Emperor Built: Architecture and Empire in the Early Ming (University of Washington Press, 2020) by Aurelia Campbell was named honorable mention for the Society for Architectural Historians’ 2022 Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award for the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar.

Congratulations to Professors Li and Campbell!

Opportunities for Scholars of Early Modern China

Residential Fellowships at the National Humanities Center

The Geiss Hsu Foundation is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with the National Humanities Center to provide residential fellowship support to a scholar of early modern China and its world, beginning with the 2023–24 academic year and concluding in 2025–26. Applications open July 1.

For more information about the partnership and the application process, visit this link.

Spring Awards

The Board of Directors of the Geiss Hsu Foundation is delighted to announce awards made during the spring application cycle. These awards support publications, exhibitions, and conferences that advance scholarship and interpretation of the Ming dynasty and adjacent time periods and peoples.

Project Awards

Zhu Da (1626–1705), Flowers on a River. Qing dynasty. Hand scroll; ink on paper, image size: 18 1/2  × 508 7/8 in. (47 × 1292.5 cm). Collection of the Tianjin Museum


China Institute in America: Flower on a River: The Art of Chinese Flower and Bird Painting, 1368-1911 – Masterworks from Tianjin Museum and Changzhou Museum 


University of British Columbia, Centre for Chinese Research: How is China Governed? From Ming Statecraft to Xi’s New Era 

University of British Columbia, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory: Site – Image – Object: Rethinking Place in Chinese Visual and Material Culture


Society for Ming Studies: Promoting the Journal of the Society for Ming Studies

Subvention Awards

Open-Access Publishing

Cornell East Asia Series, an imprint of Cornell University Press: Bandits in Print: The Water Margin and the Transformations of Vernacular Fiction by Scott Gregory 

University of Washington Press: Chinese Autobiographical Writing: An Anthology of Personal Accounts, translated by Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Cong Ellen Zhang, and Ping Yao 

Book Launch for THE AURA OF CONFUCIUS:  Julia K. Murray in conversation with James Robson

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Art History and the Center for East Asian Studies are pleased to host an online launch for Julia K. Murray’s new book, The Aura of Confucius: Relics and Representations of the Sage at the Kongzhai Shrine in Shanghai (Cambridge University Press), a conversation between the author and Professor James Robson of Harvard University. A subvention award from the Geiss Hsu Foundation supported this book.

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Apply Now for Spring Funding!

GHF supports activities that encourage scholarship of the Ming Dynasty, predecessors and successors of the Ming, as well as contemporaries in geographic areas with which the Ming interacted.

Apply for the Project Award to support:

  • Scholarly conferences
  • Manuscript review workshops
  • Museum exhibitions
  • Performances
  • Open-access publishing of previously-released books
  • K-12 programming and public outreach
  • Academic fellowships
  • Any other type of activity that supports the Foundation’s mission

Apply for the Subvention Award to support:

  • Not-for-profit book publishing
  • Open-access publishing of new titles
  • Indexing, image rights, editing, and other fees borne by authors

Applications due March 1, 2022

Apply Now! GHF Annual Conference Travel Grant

GHF awarded funding to the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) to support participant travel to the 2022 Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 24-27, 2022. 

The Geiss Hsu Annual Conference Travel Grant will award up to $2,000 each in travel support to scholars who engage in research related to the Ming. Applicants do not need to be AAS members or part of an organized session. Preference will be given to contingent or part-time faculty, students, and independent scholars. 

Visit the AAS website for more information.