[Resource] Book Subventions in Japanese and Korean Studies

AAS NEAC Book Subventions in Japanese and Korean Studies

The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies is pleased to announce a program for AAS-member authors who require subventions to ensure publication of scholarly books on Japan and Korea. The Council has allocated $15,000 in 2011 to provide subventions in the range of $2,000 to $10,000 each. These subventions will be awarded on a competitive basis to authors who have already secured provisional contracts from established academic presses. Both monographs and edited collections are eligible for support under this program; subventions will not be provided for volumes intended primarily as classroom textbooks. Subventions will be paid directly to the press.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant must be a current AAS member and have held AAS membership for at least twelve months prior to application (one exception; if your membership in AAS has lapsed within the last twelve months and you rejoin, you will not be required to wait an additional twelve months). Scholars at all academic ranks and independent scholars are welcomed to apply.
  2. The book in question must be a monograph or edited collection on any aspect of Korean or Japanese studies. Volumes intended primarily for use as classroom textbooks are not eligible.
  3. The applicant must have a completed manuscript with a provisional contract from an established academic press stipulating the need for an outside subvention in order to ensure publication.
  4. The manuscript must be in English, must make a substantial contribution to Japanese and/or Korean studies, and must be based on primary research in the appropriate languages.
  5. The applicant must have sought subventions from alternative sources. A book that has been awarded support under the AAS First Book Subvention Program is not eligible for a NEAC Subvention.
  6. The press must agree to acknowledge a NEAC subvention in the front matter of the published book.
  7. The press must agree to provide a written report within two months of publication of the book. This report should contain a narrative account of what was accomplished with the subvention funds along with a line-by-line financial report. This report should be sent by e-mail to the Chair of NEAC, William M. Tsutsui, btsutsui@smu.edu.

Application Process

Applications should consist of the following items and be submitted electronically (in pdf or MS Word format) to the Chair of NEAC, William M. Tsutsui, btsutsui@smu.edu.

  1. The applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.
  2. A summary of the manuscript in no more than 1,000 words.
  3. A full Table of Contents.
  4. A letter from an academic publisher verifying that the manuscript is complete and has been formally accepted for publication pending receipt of a subvention. The letter should also indicate the amount of the required subvention and its rationale; the proposed publication schedule; the contact information for the appropriate press representative; the agreement of the press to acknowledge the NEAC subvention in the front matter of the book; and, within two months of publication, the agreement of the press to provide a written narrative and financial report of how the funds were used.
  5. A detailed preliminary budget. Please note that NEAC Subventions are meant to help with direct production costs only.
  6. A statement by the applicant indicating all sources from which he or she has requested subventions and the results of those requests.

NOTE concerning point 6: To maximize the use of our resources, NEAC requires that applicants request subventions from other possible funding sources (including, for example, their graduate or home institutions as well as local research institutes). We hope, in many cases, to supply joint or matching funds with other granting agencies. We are also prepared to award subventions to applicants who seek but fail to receive help from alternative sources.

Applications are due by Friday, March 18, 2011. For questions please contact the Chair of NEAC, William M. Tsutsui, btsutsui@smu.edu.