Established in January 2012, The Jao Studies Foundation is a registered charitable organisation of the HKSAR.
The Jao Studies Foundation aims to promote and develop education in traditional Chinese culture and enhance cultural exchange between east and west. It is hoped that through the study of Professor Jao’s scholarship, writings, calligraphy, painting, and thought, the full breadth of Chinese traditional culture can be effectively promoted to a wide audience.
Professor Jao Tsung-i is an iconic figure in the fields of contemporary academic research and artistic creation. Professor Jao has made groundbreaking contributions to many academic disciplines, including the study of inscriptions on oracle bones, bamboo strips, and silk manuscripts, interpretation of Confucian classics, paleography, the study of ancient history, the history of China’s intercultural contacts, religious studies, Dunhuang studies, literature and literary criticism, bibliography, and Chaozhou studies. Professor Jao is known in literary circles for his remarkable attainment in his writing in all the major genres of classical Chinese poetry. His research has also covered epigraphy, music, and the history of painting and calligraphy. He is also a versatile artist who has created his own styles of both painting and calligraphy. Therefore, the scope of Jao Studies must cover the entire history of Chinese culture, and explore the interaction of academic research and artistic creation. In this connection, Jao Studies has generally summed up the study of Professor Jao, his scholarship and his research methods, as well as the study of traditional Chinese culture. It has also set a clear direction for studying the traditional Chinese culture.
The Jao Studies Foundation integrates resources from different platforms for studying, promoting and developing Jao Studies. It will spur on the future development of traditional Chinese culture. It is hoped that by studying, promoting, subsidising and co-operating with others in the study of the Jao Studies, it can act as an effective catalyst for studying and promoting Chinese academic and artistic achievements.
Membership of the Jao Studies Foundation
Chief Executive the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor，GBM, GBS
Mr CY LEUNG, Professor Zheng Xinmiao, Professor Peter Mathieson, Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, Professor Lawrence J. Lau, Professor Albert S.C. Chan, Ms Nellie Fong, Mr Shen Qimian
Permanent Founding Chairman
Professor Jao Tsung-i, GBM
Dr Simon Suen, Mr Jackson Tse Kam Pang, Mr Chan Wai Nam, Dr Winnie Ko Pui-shuen
Honorary Deputy Chairman
Mr Wong Ting Chung, Mr Cheng Chak Kuen, Mr Wong Shu Yui, Mrs Chan Yau Man Ying Fidelia
Ms Elizabeth Law, Professor Cui Ru Zhuo, Mr Han Yong, Mr Ng Wai Shing, Mr Lam Cheung Chuen
Honorary Deputy Member
Ms Chen Rui Jun, Dr K.K. Wong, Mr Suen Siu Wing, Mr Peter W.S. Lau, Mr Chan Lee Chung, Mr So Kai Sing, Mr Leung Wing Kong Joseph, Mr Chen Can Qiu
Ms Angeline Yiu Ching Fun
Permanent Administrative Director
Dr Thomas Tang Wai Hung, Ms Veronica Yiu Ching Yee, Miss Michelle Cheong
Chairman of Management Board
Professor CF Lee, GBS
Member of Management Board
Professor CF Lee, Dr Simon Suen, Mr Chan Wai Nam, Mr Jackson Tse Kam Pang, Mr Wong Ting Chung, Dr Winnie Ko Pui-shuen, Mrs Chan Yau Man Ying Fidelia, Mr Gabriel Yu Chi-ming, Dr Wong Shu Yui, Mr Hui Sung Piu, Mr Tse Yin Tuen, Mr Chan Man Chau, Dr Peter KK Wong, Dr Thomas Tang Wai Hung, Ms Veronica Yiu Ching Yee, Ms Angeline Yiu Ching Fun, Miss Michelle Cheong, Dr Peter WM Cheng
Mr Alfred C.Y. Chow JP LLB (Hons), MSocSc, DipChLaw
Types of Grants
The Jao Studies Foundation offers grants for the following purposes (among others):
1. Academic organizations
2. Academic conferences
3. Lecture series
4. Publication grants
5. Special projects
1. Academic organizations
Academic organisations are encouraged to apply for this grant to enhance the research ability of a researcher or research student whose work relates to the academic research, literary oeuvre, artistic production or intellectual insights of Professor Jao. Priority will be given to those organisations or universities with a graduate school.
Criteria for grants
(i) the grant can provide a long-term impact for the academic organisations
(ii) the grant should be used as a scholarship for research students who are carrying out innovative research in Jao studies, rather than rewarding scholars in other disciplines, subsidising pre-existing research posts, or supporting the research activities of current teachers;
(iii) the academic organisations must continue to employ the research students or colleagues in these disciplines beyond the scope of the granting period; and
(iv) the grant will take the location and region of the proposal into consideration.
2. Academic Conference
The Jao Studies Foundation supports academic conferences conducted by universities and research organisations. It provides a platform for researchers in the area of Jao Studies to exchange ideas and dialogues, to promote and develop education in traditional Chinese culture, arts and literature.
3. Lecture series
Universities, research organisations or individuals can apply for this grant by itself or in collaboration, to organise lecture series of the Jao Studies Foundation by inviting international renowned scholars as speakers and offer at least three public lectures. The lecture topics should meet the mission of the Jao Studies Foundation, i.e. to promote and develop education in traditional Chinese culture, arts and literature, and enhance the exchange of eastern and western cultures. It is hoped that through the study of Professor Jao’s scholarship, literature, art, and thought, Chinese traditional culture can be effectively promoted, and traditional Chinese culture can be introduced to a broader audience.
Sponsored the Jao Tsung-i Petite Ecole of Jao Tsung-i Lecture in Chinese Culture, The University of Hong Kong.
Jao Tsung-i Lecture in Chinese Culture No. 3
4. Publication grant
Academic organisations (with publications units) can apply for a publication grant to publish relevant books or journals, particularly in the fields of academic and arts, related to Jao Studies or Chinese culture. This publication grant welcomes applications from academic organisations, as well as individual scholars.
5. Special projects
The Jao Studies Foundation supports special projects related to the promotion of culture and the arts.
Professor Jao Tsung-I is an iconic figure in the fields of contemporary academic research and artistic creation. He has world-famous erudition and outstanding achievements in both academic research and artistic creation. Thus the scope of Jao Studies covers Chinese culture as a whole, particularly with regard to the relationship between art and scholarship. In this connection, Jao Studies has generally summed up the study of Prof. Jao, his scholarship and research methods, as well as the study of traditional Chinese culture. It can also set a clear direction for future studies of traditional Chinese culture.
How to Apply
The Jao Studies Foundation especially encourages applications for grants on behalf of projects about Jao Studies that will support the development of traditional Chinese culture. These may include specialised research projects or cultural activities, such as organising an exhibition of Professor Jao in community cultural centres.
In order to explain to the Jao Studies Foundation whether your application will help fulfill the mission and goals of the Foundation, and to expedite the preparing of proposals, you are advised to send a summary of your proposal (fewer than 3 pages) and the type of grant requested by post or via email. You will be invited to provide more details and make a formal application if the proposal suits our requirements.
Submitting by post, send to Jao Studies Foundation, Tang Chi Ngong Building, HKU, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.
Submitting by email, attach all materials as Word documents or PDFs.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be invited to provide more details and make a formal application if the proposal suits our requirements.