The Center for the Art of East Asia has initiated various kinds of programs to enhance opportunities and methodologies for learning, for sharing information and ideas, and presenting new research. The scope of this activity includes conferences and paper publication, collaborative research projects, developing library resources, building digital databases of visual materials, sponsoring graduate student trips to study museum collections, and organizing exhibitions.

Postdoctoral Scholar in East Asian Art History

The Center for the Art of East Asia and the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Scholar position with possible extension and concurrent Lecturer appointment that is expected to begin during Academic Year 2017-2018. We seek an outstanding scholar in East Asian art history who will further his/her own research at the University of Chicago. The holder of this position 1) is required to be in residence, 2) conducts research in a stated field of concentration under the mentorship of a faculty member, 3) participates in regular colloquia and workshops in the Center and Department, and 4) may be requested to teach one course each year. The position is benefits-eligible and may be extended for an additional year upon satisfactory review. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree by the starting date of the appointment and not more than five years previously.

Complete application materials include a cover letter, a project proposal including statement of research and teaching interests, CV with a list of publications, 2-3 writing samples (including a dissertation chapter), dissertation table of contents and abstract, completed Postdoctoral Scholar Supplemental Data Form, and letters of recommendation from three individuals familiar with the work of the applicant (to be sent separately or electronically to

Applications should be sent to:

Center for the Art of East Asia, Department of Art History
The University of Chicago
Attn.: Katherine Tsiang
5540 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago IL 60637

All materials and letters of reference must be received no later than the application deadline of November 15, 2017. For questions, please email Katherine Tsiang at

This position is contingent on budgetary approval.

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Visiting Scholar

The Center for the Art of East Asia invites established scholars with the Ph.D. degree and affiliation with a university, museum, or similar institution to spend a year in residence to conduct research and participate in workshops and joint research projects. We encourage the sharing of specialized knowledge and the examination of different methodologies with faculty and students in related areas of study. Visiting scholars in the past have contributed to the projects and publications of the Center and have been an important contact and resource for students and scholars for their research in Asia.

The procedure for selection is determined by the guidelines of the University of Chicago and depends upon the review of candidates by the Steering Committee of the Center for the Art of East Asia and final approval by the Department of Art History and the Division of the Humanities. A faculty member in residence will sponsor the Visiting Scholar during the period of the appointment. Visiting Scholars are not employees of the University and must provide their own funding for living and travel expenses, as well as the required insurance for health benefits.

Interested parties may send a letter and CV with publications and proof of funding addressed to the Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia. These must be received by December 1 of the year prior to beginning of the appointment. (The academic year is from September to June.)

Department of Art History
University of Chicago
5540 South Greenwood Ave.
Chicago IL 60637

Museum trips

The Center has sponsored a number of trips to museums around the country, taking groups of graduate students to visit museums with important collections of Asian art to provide opportunities to meet with museum curators and other staff, and to understand their vital roles. As much of the research in the field of art must be conducted outside the classroom and library with actual works of art, it is important for young scholars to acquaint themselves with holdings of museums in America and around the world, and to be able to develop collaborative relations with them.

Student Grants and Awards

Travel Grants for East Asian Art

Open to: University of Chicago graduate students in East Asian Art History
Sponsored by: The Center for the Art of East Asia, Department of Art History
Processed by: The Department of Art History
Deadline: Rolling applications throughout each academic year
Contact: Associate Director CAEA,
Katherine Tsiang

Description: This grant provides modest support for students traveling outside the Chicago metropolitan area to attend conferences and conduct research at museums relating to East Asian art. The grant takes the form of reimbursement for up to $500 worth of expenses.

To apply, send an email to the Associate Director, Center for the Art of East Asia, Katherine Tsiang, with the following information: name and date of the conference or exhibition, or communication with museum curator for viewing art objects, and a budget listing expenses. An e-mail endorsement from the applicant’s primary faculty adviser should also be submitted. Students may apply for and receive this grant more than once in an academic year.


Liu Cong Memorial Prize for the Best Essay on East Asian Art and Visual Culture

The Liu Cong Memorial Prize was established in 2010-2011 in memory of Liu Cong (1979-2008) who was a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art of History when she died of brain cancer. She was a promising young scholar in East Asian art who was much admired for her talent and vitality of mind and spirit. These qualities along with her great strength and courage in the face of her illness inspired those close to her to remember her by awarding a prize in her name. The annual award is for the best research paper in a topic related to East Asian art and visual culture by a graduate student enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago. The award is made annually in the spring quarter.

The Center is grateful to all those who were involved in the creation and support of this prize.