Welcome to the Geiss Foundation Website


The James P. Geiss Foundation was started in 2001 to remember Jim Geiss, a life-long Ming scholar.  Geiss Foundation strives to continue his interests in developing new directions in studying the Ming dynasty (1365 – 1644).

In the past 16 years Geiss Foundation has both held and sponsored conferences as well as funded the publication of more than 20 books exploring different aspects of Ming civilization, history and art.


Among the conferences and concerts that Geiss Foundation has helped sponsor in the US, Hong Kong, Canada, and the UK are the following:

Ming Court Culture Conference in 2003 (David Robinson)
Ming Taizu and His Times in 2006 (Chu Hong-lam)
Ming Provincial Courts Conference in 2011 (David Robinson)
The Map and Music of Matteo Ricci in 2010 and again in 2015 (Ann Waltner)
History with Chinese Characteristics: From Ming to Globalization in 2011 (Edward [Ted] Farmer)
Conference on Biography in East Asia, 1400-1900 (Ihor Pidhainy, Leo K. Shin, and Adam Bohnet)
British Museum Conference: Ming: courts and contacts 1400-1450 in 2014


Since its establishment Geiss Foundation has supported new publications about the Ming dynasty.   In 2010 the Foundation established the Geiss Publication Subvention Award to strengthen efforts to fund publishers and individuals involved in publishing original Ming research.


 Now Accepting 2016 Geiss Foundation Subvention Awards Applications

Geiss Foundation 2016 Subvention Awards. Spring 2016 Awards were finalized and announced in April.  Qualified publishers and researchers applying for the autumn subvention awards must submit full applications and manuscript information no later than 29 August 2016.  Award recipients will be announced on 14 October 2016.  These subvention awards were especially set up to assist first-time authors publish finished manuscripts in English about Ming studies, these awards may range between $3,500.- to $4,500.- but have been as high as $10,000.-


Read more about the Geiss Foundation and its other activities.