Grants in Modern Chinese History or Archaeology from the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation

The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation is pleased to announce its sixth annual competition for small grants of up to $6,000 to support projects in modern Chinese economic, social, and political history or in archaeology.

In the past, grants have been used to support travel to China for a month or two of research or field work. In light of current pandemic conditions, the Foundation is this year open to research proposals that involve travel to archives, resources, or research locations outside of China but necessary for work on the above topics.  Grants are available for graduate students and untenured faculty.

Established in 2016 by Joseph W. Esherick and Ye Wa, the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation supports solid, careful, empirically based, and clearly reasoned scholarship—the sort of work that Esherick encouraged from the students he mentored at the University of California, San Diego, and that Ye Wa has promoted in archaeology. 

Joseph Esherick is Professor Emeritus from the University of California, San Diego.  Author and editor of many books and articles about modern Chinese history, his notable works include Reform and Revolution in China: the 1911 Revolution in Hunan and Hubei (1976); The Origins of the Boxer Uprising (1987)—which won the AHA’s Fairbank prize as well as the AAS’s Levenson prize—and Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey through Chinese History (2011).

Ye Wa is an archaeologist specializing in China and former co-director of the International Field School of Archaeology at Yangguanzhai in Shaanxi, China with degrees in archaeology from Xibei University, University of Oregon, and University of California, Los Angeles. She is co-editor with Esherick of Chinese Archives: An Introductory Guide (1996), and author of numerous articles on prehistoric and historic archaeology in China.

Detailed application procedures and eligibility guidelines can be found at  The deadline for applications and supporting materials is March 1, 2022.

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