Apply Now for Spring 2021 Awards

Deadline: March 1, 2021

GHF is now accepting applications for projects and publication subventions (including the open-access publication of new and previously published works).

Project awards fund scholarly activities that confirm GHF’s mission, such as academic conferences, workshops, exhibitions, performances, and more. Projects that make possible the sharing of Ming scholarship during the pandemic are strongly encouraged.

Subvention awards support not-for-profit academic presses in publishing books that align with the Geiss Hsu Foundation’s mission and goals. We are now accepting applications to make new and previously published works open access.

New Releases Supported by GHF

Subvention awards from GHF helped make possible the publication of these newly released titles:

The Objectionable Li Zhi: Fiction, Criticism, and Dissent in Late Ming China
Edited by Rivi Handler-Spitz, Pauline C. Lee and Haun Saussy
University of Washington Press (January 2021)

In Remembrance of the Saints: The Rise and Fall of an Inner Asian Sufi Dynasty 
By Muhammad Sadiq Kashghari. Translated by David Brophy
Columbia University Press (January 2021)
 
Further Adventures on the Journey to the West
By Master of Silent Whistle Studio. Translated by Qiancheng Li and Robert E. Hegel. Introduction by Qiancheng Li
University of Washington Press (October 2020)

Inviting Applications for Open-Access Publishing

The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation invites applications for support for open-access publishing. We are interested in proposals that support the mission of the Foundation to promote research in Ming studies and adjacent geographical regions and time periods. Open-access applications may include new titles, already-published books, and especially books that have previously received subvention awards from the Foundation. Important books in Ming studies that could reach a wider audience through open-access publishing would be strong candidates.

We will consider requests for making both past publications and new titles open access. For previously published books, please apply using the Project Award guidelines. We also encourage you to consider open access for new titles submitted for the Subvention Award. Please include costs associated with open access in the budget. While awards for open-access publishing might fall within the range of the Foundation’s typical publication subvention awards ($3,500 to $7,500), an award may exceed these amounts if the publisher can demonstrate that such a sum would be necessary for making the publication open access. Deadlines are March 1 and September 1.

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Fall 2020 Awards

The Board of Directors of the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is delighted to announce that it has awarded publication subventions to Columbia University Press and the University of Michigan Press during its fall 2020 application cycle. 

The awards will support the publication of The Religious Ethic and Mercantile Spirit in Early Modern China by Ying-shih Yü and The Culture of Language in Ming China by Nathan Vedal, (both Columbia University Press), as well as the print edition and open-access publication of Writing Pirates: Vernacular Fiction and Oceans in Seventeenth Century China by Yuanfei Wang (University of Michigan Press).

The next application deadline is March 1. Award applications for subventions (including the open-access publication of new or previously published works) and projects that make possible the sharing of Ming scholarship during the Covid-19 pandemic are strongly encouraged.

For more information, please visit the website or email info@geissfoundation.us.

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New Board Members

The Geiss Hsu Foundation is pleased to welcome Zoe S. Kwok to the Board of Directors. Her three-year term will begin in spring 2021. A specialist in Chinese Art, Kwok is Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, and earned a PhD from Princeton University. Other recent additions to the board are Kathlene Baldanza, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University, and Yijun Wang, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at New York University, who became members in fall 2019 and spring 2020, respectively. 

Spring 2020 Awards

The Board of Directors of the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of their spring 2020 awards, made in support of publications and projects that confirm the Foundation’s mission.

In the category of publication subventions:

Columbia University Press, In Remembrance of the Saints: The Rise and Fall of an Inner Asian Sufi Dynasty by Muhammad Sadiq Kashghari, translated by David Brophy

University of Washington Press, The Lady of Linshui Pacifies Demons: A Seventeenth-Century Novel, translated by Kristin Ingrid Fryklund with an introduction by Mark Edward Lewis and Brigitte Baptandier, and notes by Brigitte Baptandier

University of Washington Press, The Objectionable Li Zhi: Fiction, Criticism, and Dissent in Late Ming China, edited by Rivi Handler-Spitz, Pauline Lee, and Haun Saussy

In the category of projects:

Dream of the Red Chamber: The Collaborative Study and Operatic Premiere of a Classic, Principal Investigator Ann Waltner (University of Minnesota), with Christine Marran (University of Minnesota), Mark Russsell Smith (University of Minnesota, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies) and Pearl Lam Bergad (Chinese Heritage Foundation)

Korea and Vietnam before the Twentieth Century: Comparisons and Connections, Principal Investigator Sixiang Wang (University of California, Los Angeles), with Kathlene Baldanza (Pennsylvania State University), Bradley Camp Davis (Eastern Connecticut State University), and John D. Phan (Columbia University)

Performing “Ghost Village” at the Symposium “Sensorium of the Early Modern Chinese Text,Principal Investigators Ariel Fox (University of Chicago), Paize Keulemans (Princeton University), and Suyoung Son (Cornell University)

Congratulations to the awardees!

The deadline for the next round of applications is September 1, 2020. 

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Fall 2019 Awards

The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its fall 2019 awards, made in support of publications and projects that confirm its mission.

In the category of publication subventions:

Columbia University Press, The Diary of 1636: The Second Manchu Invasion of Korea, translated by George L. Kallander

Columbia University Press, Plum Shadows and Plank Bridge: Two Memoirs About Courtesans, translated and edited by Wai-yee Li

University of Washington Press, Fir and Empire: The Transformation of Forests in Early Modern China, by Ian Miller

University of Washington Press, Further Adventures on the Journey to the West, translated and annotated by Robert Hegel and Qiancheng Li 

In the category of projects:

An Intercalary Conference on Late Imperial China, Scholars of the Southeast USA, Principal Investigator, Maria Franca Sibau (Emory University), with Karin Myhre (University of Georgia), and Ihor Pidhainy (University of West Georgia)

The deadline for the next round of publications is March 1, 2020.

New Web Site

The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation has a new web site! Please visit to learn more about the Foundation’s mission, the types of supported activities, and upcoming deadlines to apply for awards.

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Exile to the Stage

Congratulations to Columbia University Press, which received a spring subvention award for its forthcoming publication, Exile to the Stage: Costuming and Personhood in Early Qing Drama, by Guojun Wang, assistant professor of Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Exile to the Stage examines theatrical costuming in drama texts and performances of 17th-century China when the Manchu rulers regulated hairstyle and dress based on ethnicity and gender. The book argues that theatrical costuming provided a productive way to reconnect bodies, clothes, and identities dissociated by political turbulence. 

The deadline for the next round of publication subventions is September 1, 2019.