Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF) was
established in 1989 in memory of the late
President of the Republic of China, Chiang Ching-kuo (1910-1988). The
Foundation's central headquarters is in Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, with a
regional office in McLean, Virginia, near Washington D.C. The Foundation
currently maintains two international centers for sinological research:
the CCKF Center for Chinese Cultural and Institutional History at Columbia
University and the CCK International Sinological Center at Charles University
in Prague. The Foundation is a private organization whose purpose is
to promote the study of Chinese culture and society. Operational funds
come from interest generated from an endowment donated by both public
and private sectors.
principal work is to award grants, as approved by the Board of Directors,
to institutions and individuals conducting China-related research
and academic projects. An annual budget of approximately four million
US dollars is distributed under such grant categories as institutional
enhancement, research, conference and seminar grants, subsidies for
publication, and senior scholar grants. There are also fellowships
available for graduate students, and Postdoctoral researchers. Since
its establishment, the Foundation has aided research institutes, university
presses, national museums, and libraries all over the world.
Foundation is governed by a board consisting of prominent officials,
distinguished scholars and leading citizens. Through its support of
international scholarly exchange, the Foundation promotes a broader
understanding of the Republic of China on Taiwan, in all its complexities.
The Foundation believes that this academic dialogue offers all parties
an opportunity to reflect on the broader issues facing humanity in
the world today.
scope of the Foundation's grant programs covers Chinese studies in
the fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences on both traditional
and contemporary issues. The geographical scope of the Foundation's
programs includes America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and the
Domestic region. The principal aim of the Foundation is to encourage
the pursuit of Chinese Studies internationally, and to foster international
scholarly exchange through collaborative research projects, conferences,
workshops, and publications. By working closely with foundations overseas,
the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation intends to facilitate the accessibility
of its grant programs for scholars in Chinese Studies worldwide.