The Jiede Empirical Research Grant for Chinese Pedagogy / Chinese Applied Linguistics 皆得學術研究基金

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The Chinese Language Teachers Association invites proposals for the Jiede (all-attain) Empirical Research Grant, established in 2003 by an anonymous member, and enhanced thereafter by the original donor and other donors. The grant will support empirical research in Chinese pedagogy and applied linguistics that contributes to building a sound understanding of teaching and learning Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL). The recipient will be expected to present a paper at the annual meeting of the CLTA or to submit a progress report at the end of the grant term.


The Jiede Research Grant awards up to $1,500 to a CLTA current member whose research project exhibits innovation and long-term pedagogical benefit to the field of CFL, but EXCLUDE pure grammatical structural research design. The grant winner must present high quality research that will improve pedagogy in CFL or Chinese applied linguistics. Grant funds may be used for fieldwork, data analysis, or travel, but not for equipment purchases.


Except for university/college tenured associate and full professors, applications from all teaching professions including assistant professors, instructors, lecturers, K-12 teachers, heritage school teachers, independent researchers, and graduate students in registered M.A. or Ph.D. programs who are current CLTA members (active membership from grant application to research presentation) and conduct empirical research in the Chinese language are welcome to apply. The recipient should have no other grant support for the same project.


Submit electronically a three to five-page proposal to include a clear description of the research project, such as the theoretical background, the objectives, research design and methods, timeline, and budget of the project (itemize in detail). Please do NOT identify yourself in the proposal. Send with the proposal in a separate attachment a brief (maximum one-page) curriculum vitae, indicating your current status, institutional affiliation (if any), educational background and contact information. Identifying information will be removed prior to forwarding to the committee for anonymous review.

Sample Grant Proposal: PDF file (160 KB)


Subject: Jiede Application


Proposals must be received at CLTA Headquarters by March 31 of the current year.


Applicants will be notified of results by May 15 of the current year.


2003: Helen Shen (University of Iowa)
Research Title: “Linguistic Complexity and Reading Comprehension Among CFL Beginning Learners.”
2004: Meng Yeh (Rice University)
Research Title: “Exploring Chinatown: Integrating Language, Culture and Community.”
2005: Miao-fen Tseng (The University of Virginia)
Research Title: “The Attrition of Production and Reception Skills in Mandarin Chinese.”
2006: Chan Lu (Carnegie Mellon University)
Research Title: “The Properties of Textbook Characters and its Influence on Character Learning for Learners of Chinese as a Second Language”
2007: Sun-A Kim (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Research Title: “Developmental Stages in Reading Chinese Characters as a Second Language”
2008: 1. Chang Pu (University of Texas, San Antonio)
Research Title: “Chinese American Children’s Bilingual and Biliteracy Practice and Development in Heritage Language and Public Schools”2. Dongbo Zhang (Carnegie Mellon University)
Research Title: “Teacher Questioning in Chinese-as-a-Foreign-Language Classrooms: A Sociocultural Approach”
2009: 1. Shu-Ling Wu (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)
Research Title: “Learning to Express Motion Events in L2 Chinese”2. Yang Chunsheng (The Ohio State University)
Research Title: “The acquisition of Mandarin prosody by American CFL Learners”
2010: 1. Chen-huei WU 吳貞慧 (University of Illinois at
Research Title: “A Corpus Study of Native and Non-native Accented Speech: Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language”2. Li YANG 杨黎 (The University of Iowa)
Research Title: “Pragmatic and Grammatical Awareness in CSL and CFL Contexts”
2011: Yi Xu (University of Pittsburgh)
Research Title: “Instructional Instrument to Develop the Reading Ability in Chinese”
2013: Yingling Bao (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Wenhao Diao (Carnegie Mellon University)
Research Title: ”Writing to Build Shi: Chinese Learners’ Rhetoric Structure as Cultural Praxis”