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 to the CLTA Award committee at, with the subject line of “Jiede Application” by the due date.

  1. 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 or your institution in the proposal.
  2. A separate attachment of a brief (two pages maximum) curriculum vitae, indicating your current status, institutional affiliation (if any), educational background and contact information.
  3. The completed award application form.

Identifying information will be removed prior to anonymous review.

Sample Grant Proposal: PDF file (160 KB)


Proposals must be received at by September 30, 2020.


Applicants will be notified of results by December 1, 2020.



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
2014: Yun Yao (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Research Title: Chinese Character Recognition in Native and Second Language Learners
2015: Haomin Zhang (Carnegie Mellon University)
Research Title: “Lexical Inference Ability in Chinese as a Heritage Language Learners”
2016: Eric A. Pelzl (University of Maryland)
Research Title: Native Chinese Listeners’ Comprehension and Processing of Foreign-Accented Mandarin Speech
2017: Tianyu Qin (秦天玉) (Carnegie Mellon University)
Research Title: “Dynamic Assessment of L2 Chinese Implicature Comprehension
2018: Hang Zheng (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Research Title: “Processing strategies in NSs and NNSs’ reading of Chinese formulaic sequences: What can think-aloud protocols tell us?
2019: Zhiying Qian (Florida State University)
Research Title: Research title: “The effect of musical pitch training on second language acquisition of Mandarin lexical tones”.
2020-21: Zhou, Jieyu (University of Washington)
Research Title: Research title: “Improving Elementary-Level Chinese Learners’ Narrative Skill and Language Cohesiveness through Explicit Instruction and Practice on Topic Chain – A pedagogical Intervention”Jun Lang (University of Oregon)
Research title: “Bridging linguistic theories, corpus research, and pedagogical practices: the teaching and learning of the notoriously challenging ba construction and shi…de construction”