Innovation Grants for East Asian Librarians
Mellon Foundation - CEAL


In January 2015, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $288,000 to the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) of the Association for Asian Studies to establish a grant program, The Mellon Foundation - Council on East Asian Libraries Innovation Grants for East Asian Librarians. This program enables East Asian studies librarians to undertake projects addressing current and long-term challenges in collection development with the goal of strengthening the foundation for scholarly research in East Asian studies in North America. CEAL encourages proposals that break new ground in the acquisition of print, digital, or multi-media materials from East Asia and improvements in the ability to discover and access these materials. Further description of program goals are included in the CEAL application to the Mellon Foundation:
pdf Mellon Grant Application Narrative

The Council on East Asian Librarians conducted the first round of grants in 2015, making two awards:

Duke University Libraries ($40,000)

Project Lead: Luo Zhou, Chinese Studies Librarian, for "The Memory Project." Grant funds will be used primarily for the arrangement, description, and reformatting of over 1,000 interviews constituting an oral history of the Great Famine in post-Revolution rural China.

The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University ($77,610)

Project Lead: Yunshan Ye, Librarian for East Asian Studies, for "Blogging and Microblogging: Preserving Non-Official Voices in China's Anti-Corruption Campaign." Web content related to the Anti-Corruption campaign in contemporary China will be the focus of this digital archiving effort.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) for the second, and last, round of applications will be issued in the first week of January, 2016. The deadline for applications will be March 1, 2016. A total of $137,390 is available for the 2016 project awards, which may be requested for an amount between $25,000 and $100,000. Detailed application guidelines will be made available with the RFP on this site in January. In the meantime, questions can be addressed to the Principal Investigator for the grant:

CEAL President Ellen H. Hammond (

Information about the 2016 Innovation Grant Application Process

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