The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation China Research Grant 2013

Asia Art Archive (AAA) announces the 2013 call for proposals for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation China . With the support from the Robert Ho Family Foundation, the offers a one-year fellowship to support a focused research project that advances the understanding of contemporary Chinese art from 1980s to the present. Postgraduates, including pre-doctoral fellows and currently enrolled PhD candidates researching contemporary Chinese art and independent scholars and writers with proven experience and a solid research and publication track record are invited to apply. The grantee will be awarded a total of US$15,000 and is expected to spend up to two months conducting research at AAA between May and December 2013.


Together with a panel of judges that includes professional curators and scholars in the field, AAA will assess and select applicants based on their knowledge of contemporary Chinese art, relevant experience in the field, proposed methodology, substance of the proposed research, as well as its practicability and feasibility.

Preference will be given to applicants whose proposals draw on AAA’s extensive collection of primary documents gathered in conjunction with AAA’s multi-year research project ‘Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990’, and whose methodological approach and interpretative perspective advance the understanding of contemporary Chinese art from the 1980s to the present.



Applicants should visit AAA’s dedicated website www.china1980s.org to learn more about the ‘Materials of the Future’ research project. Full transcripts and selected video clips of the interviews conducted during the project are available on this website. For summaries of the special collections generated from the project, please click here 

Possible research areas of interest include:

  • Pedagogy and art academies
  • Regionalism in the formation of art practice
  • The role of foreign communities in Beijing and Shanghai
  • Influential exhibitions, including those of non-Chinese art
  • ‘Reading Fever’ and the impact of key books, translations, and publishing houses
  • The emergence of performance and art
  • Exhibition histories of contemporary Chinese art

Applicants are welcome to propose their own topics; comparative approaches involving Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan would also be of interest.

Eligible Applicants

  • Postgraduates, including pre-doctoral fellows and currently enrolled PhD candidates with a research focus on contemporary Chinese art
  • Independent scholars and writers with proven experience and a solid research and publication track record

Proposal Deadline: Friday 1 March 2013, 10pm HKT

Project Completion

Selected project is expected to begin in May 2013 and be completed by June 2014.

The grantee will be required to submit interim reports updating AAA on their progress throughout the project. Upon the project’s completion, grantee must submit to AAA all documents and original materials collected during the course of the project, a written paper, a complete bibliography, and an inventory of collected materials. The project will conclude with two public presentations by the grantee (one in Hong Kong and another in either Mainland China or Taiwan) and the publication of the grantee’s written paper on AAA’s website.
Applicants are required to provide tentative timelines with their proposals.


AAA will award US$15,000 (approx. HK$120,000) to the successful candidate. Budgets should allow for a two-month residency in Hong Kong, research trips to Mainland China during the AAA residency, and the acquisition of new materials. Additional funds may also be considered for the purchase of books.

Applicants are required to provide a line item budget with their proposals.

Enquires & Proposal Submission

Please send proposals to Asia Art Archive via email (research@aaa.org.hk)

Please include:
* CV (please include academic background, relevant past projects, and at least 2 references)
* Research project description: objectives, approach, and background
* Timeline
* Budget

Applicants may be contacted for additional information.

Web: China Research Grant 2013

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