Graduate Scholarship

Asia Culture Council

Relevent Country: China

The Asia Culture Council is inviting applications for the Graduate Scholarship.

ACC gives a small number of scholarships each year to students admitted to a graduate degree program in the U.S. in an eligible field. This funding is intended to cover travel and living expenses related to graduate study; tuition costs are not supported by this grant. Applicants who have not yet received an admissions offer are welcome to apply, but ACC must receive proof of admission before funding can be awarded. Priority is given to applicants who choose to study abroad because comparable programs are not available in their home country and to those working in fields that are underrepresented in their home country. By enabling access to academic training for international students, ACC aims to contribute to the diversification of scholarly narratives and critical discourse.

ACC’s graduate scholarships  offer support to students enrolled in full-time, in-residence degree programs active during the regular academic year. Students who have completed the coursework phase of their graduate education or those applying to or are enrolled in part-time, summer-only, or online programs are not eligible for consideration.

Graduate scholarships are awarded for one academic year with the possibility of renewal; applicants may request up to two additional years of funding in their initial application. For students seeking multiyear funding support, proof of eligibility status will be required on an annual basis . After verifying annual eligibility, ACC will determine funding renewals based on the student’s good academic standing, reporting requirements, and ACC’s funding capacity.

Eligible Fields

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture(For design, aesthetic theory, and/or aesthetic history only; projects with an economic, social, scientific, or technological focus are not eligible)
  • Art History
  • Arts Administration
  • Arts Criticism
  • Conservation
  • Crafts
  • Curation
  • Dance
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Film/Video/Photography
  • Literature(For travel to/from Japan only)
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Visual Art

ACC Support Services

  • During the funding period, graduate scholarship recipients are invited to participate in ACC’s broader community and engage with current ACC fellows and alumni.

Country Focus

  • Citizens of China, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, and Macau SAR

Eligibility Criteria

  • Artists, scholars, and arts professionals pursuing graduate-level degrees
  • If selected , fellows are expected to:
  • Maintain good academic standing at their graduate institution and report their grades for the academic year

Selection Criteria

As ACC’s mission is to foster cultural exchange, Graduate Scholarship applicants must:

  • Articulate how the impact of cultural exchange opportunities and grant funding affect the grantee’s degree program experience in addition to  how they plan to continue and sustain cross-cultural dialogues after the conclusion of the program.
  • Show a track record of or potential for artistic, scholarly, or professional excellence and continued growth
  • Represent an artistic practice, profession, or field of scholarship that is underserved by graduate programs or underrepresented in their home country
  • Enroll  in a full-time, in-residence, degree-granting graduate program during the funding period
  • Provide ACC with proof of admission by February 2023


Please note the following restrictions:

  • Degree programs in education (e.g. museum education) are not eligible, even if the focus is arts-related.
  • Commercial degree programs and applicants with only a commercial arts background are not eligible.
  • Applicants must apply to graduate programs independently.  ACC cannot recommend specific graduate programs or help prospective students with their applications to graduate school.
  • Applicants must secure other sources of funding for tuition, as ACC funding only covers living costs and travel costs up to $30,000 a year.