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UB Office Tsagaan Sar Holiday Schedule

The ACMS UB Office will be closed February 9th - 12th for the Mongolian Tsagaan Sar holidays. 

Office will reopen for regular operations on Monday February 15th.

In case of emergency contact Marc Tasse at or call +976 9973-9869.

Happy Tsagaan Sar, Year of Monkey!


Deadline approaching for 2016 NEH Summer Institute on Modern Mongolia

Apply now for our NEH Summer Institute “Modern Mongolia: Heritage and Tradition Amid Changing Realities”! The institute is a four-week workshop (June 6-July 1, 2016) designed to provide 25 US undergraduate university and college educators with resources needed to be able to expand curricular offerings in East, Inner, or Central Asian Studies. The question of how Modern Mongolia is navigating its place in the world will be explored through the humanities; art, literature, music, and dance provide useful lenses to view how cultures in Mongolia are changing and still yearning for the past.

The Institute will engage educators with stimulating presentations, materials, and discussions, and provide them with necessary tools to build draft course modules tailored to their institutional and individual teaching circumstances. Ultimately, we strive to provide context to enable teaching about a changing Mongolia. The Summer Institute will be held at the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) on the historic campus of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.

For full details on the program, including speakers and detailed schedule of activities, see the NEH Institute part of our website .

Now Receiving Applications: Deadline March 1, 2016
Includes: Free Tuition and a $3,300 Stipend to defray housing (which will be available on campus) and transportation expenses.

Deadline approaching for 2016 ACMS fellowship programs

Faculty, students, and institutional affiliates: please be aware that our deadline is approaching for this year's ACMS fellowship offerings. Applications for the Field Research fellowships, Library fellowship, and Cultural Heritage fellowships are due February 15th, 2016. For more details on all ACMS fellowship offerings, see the fellowships page.

Mentors and advisers to students working on Mongolia: please encourage students to apply!

ACMS Annual Meeting, Poster Session, and Reception in Seattle, Friday, April 1st, 2016
Please join us for our Annual Meeting, coming up on Friday, April 1st, 2016! This year's meeting will be in Seattle, in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annual meeting at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel (1400 6th Avenue, Seattle). As usual, a reception, cultural program, and poster session will be held after the membership meeting, and are free and open to public and all interested parties. Registration to AAS is not required for this ACMS event. We also have a call for posters and displays at this time (see below). Our event will be at 7:30pm, Friday, April 1st, in the Willow A Ballroom, Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Hope to see you there!

This reception will be co-sponsored by the Mongolia Studies program at Western Washington University
Speaker Series - Aubrey Menard

Mongolia's Extractive Sector Governance in Comparative Perspective

January 26th, 2016 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: American Corner, Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: 976 7711-0486

 Mining and corruption are frequently discussed topics in   Mongolia, but how do the rules and politics governing Mongolia's extractive sector compare to other countries internationally?  And, what historical factors have led to these differences?  Ms. Menard will discuss how Mongolia's post-Soviet transition contributed to the political and economic climate of Mongolia's extractive sector today, and what it means for the country's future.

Call for Posters and Displays for the ACMS Annual Meeting, 7:30pm Friday, April 1st, 2016
The ACMS is organizing a poster session on topics related to Mongolia to be held on Friday, April 1st, 7:30-9:30pm at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Willow A Ballroom (in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annual meeting. Posters or displays on any topic related to Mongolia, Mongolian people are welcome. All presenters are required to appear at the meeting to discuss their work. Posters and displays may be in either English or Mongolian language, and students and scholars from all countries and fields of study are invited to participate in the poster session and reception. The audience is expected to include students, scholars, and local residents from Mongolia, and members of the community interested in Mongolia. To propose a poster or display for the session, please send a brief abstract or description (no more than 250 words) to David Dettmann at on or before March 1, 2016. Posters and displays will be accepted on a rolling basis. You do not need to be registered for the AAS conference to participate, but poster presenters should be a member of the ACMS at the time of the meetings.
Mongolia Business Forum at PDAC, Toronto, March 8, 9am-2pm
Advance registration required. As part of the 2016 annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) – the world’s largest annual international mining conference – the Mongolian Ministry of Mining, the Mongolian Embassy to Canada and the North America-Mongolia Business Council (NAMBC) are sponsoring a Mongolia Business Forum on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West, Toronto. Mining Minister R. Jigjid and other Mongolian officials and top private sector leaders in the mining sector will be among the speakers. Attendance is free but advance registration is required by February 26. Business Forum attendees need NOT be also registered for the PDAC convention, which runs March 6-9 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. To register, send your name, title, corporate affiliation and full contact details to not later than February 26. For more information, contact Counsellor Ulziibayar Gonchig, Embassy of Mongolia, 01+613-400-3045, or
ACMS welcomes Dr. Julia Clark as resident Cultural Heritage Program Coordinator
With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the American Center for Mongolian Studies has initiated a Cultural Heritage Program (CHP) that is being directed from its Ulaanbaatar office. This program will host several fellows each year in the area of cultural heritage in Mongolia. Researchers will support the documentation and preservation of both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Inner Asia, with a focus on the people and geographic area that is now in the nation of Mongolia.

Dr. Julia Clark, a recent graduate from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected as the CHP coordinator. Dr. Clark has been conducting archaeological fieldwork in Mongolia annually since 2007 working primarily in Arkhangai, Bayan Ulgii, Hovsgol, and Uvs Aimags. She has been the director of the Northern Mongolia Archaeology Project (formerly the Targan Nuur Archaeology Project) in the Darkhad Depression, Hovsgol Aimag since 2011. Dr. Clark utilizes a variety of archaeological and ethnographic methods to investigate the introduction of food production and its effect on Mongolia and the surrounding regions, from the adoption of domesticated animals several millennia ago through the present. For more information on this program and upcoming cultural heritage projects, you can reach Julia at 
ACMS Mongolia Cultural Heritage Fellowship

 Active ImageThe 2016-17 Mongolia Cultural Heritage Research Fellowship program supports academic research projects that will contribute to the documentation and preservation of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Inner Asia, with a focus on the people and geographic area that is now in the nation of Mongolia. The ACMS Cultural Heritage program is supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation (

 ACMS Mongolia Cultural Heritage Fellowship has two goals: 1) to improve knowledge about Mongolia’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and 2) to make that knowledge accessible to people in Mongolia and around the world. Fellows will be expected to contribute to the development of data management systems and collections of Mongolian cultural heritage either with their own research materials and/or with the research materials of others, working to make information more accessible to scholars, officials, and the general public. Projects utilizing archives or collections from Mongolian institutions are encouraged, but must be willing to share this data with the ACMS Cultural Heritage Program and Mongolian Cultural Heritage Center, and should be accompanied by a brief letter of support from the host institution. Any fellow who wishes to use the research materials of others, please contact the Cultural Heritage Program ( for more information on available data sets. Research projects that relate to the preservation of Mongolia’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage are welcome, from humanities and digital humanities fields such as archival studies, archaeology, language and literature, performing arts, history, religious studies, and others. Social science, natural science, and information technology projects may also be considered if they have a strong cultural element or application to cultural heritage issues. Scholars will have the opportunity to work with ACMS partners and may have the opportunity to take part in workshops and/or trainings funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Fellows will be expected to spend some time working directly on Cultural Heritage Project initiative such as workshops, conferences and data management projects when it does not directly interfere with their own research. Project proposals should clearly outline an intended time frame indicating if they are proposing a short-term fellowship (of 1-3 months), or a long-term fellowship (of up to 9 months).

All applicants should be advanced graduate students or graduated from a university in the US or Canada. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2016.

Questions about the program should be directed to, or to the US or UB ACMS offices.

ACMS Holiday Schedule

This schedule may be subject to change.


1/1/2016ThursdayNew Year's DayUSA/Mongolian
1/18/2016MondayMartin Luther King, Jr's BirthdayUSA
2/9/2016TuesdayLunar New Year*Mongolian
2/10/2016WednesdayLunar New Year*Mongolian
2/11/2016ThursdayLunar New Year*Mongolian
2/12/2016FridaySubstitute for President's day, Feb 15USA
3/8/2016MondayIntl Women’s DayMongolian
5/31/2016MondayMemorial Day substitute for May 30thUSA
6/1/2016WednesdayMother & Child DayMongolian
7/4/2016Monday4th of JulyUSA
7/11/2016MondayNadaam National HolidayMongolian
7/12/2016TuesdayNadaam National HolidayMongolian
7/13/2016WednesdayNadaam National HolidayMongolian
7/14/2016ThursdayNadaam National HolidayMongolian
7/15/2016FridayNadaam National HolidayMongolian
9/5/2016MondayLabor DayUSA
10/10/2016MondayColumbus DayUSA
11/11/2016FridayVeteran's DayUSA
11/14/2016MondayChinggis Khaan's Day*Mongolian
11/24/2016ThursdayThanksgiving DayUSA
12/26/2016Mondaysubstitute day of Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec 25USA
12/30/2016MondayNational independence Day - substitute for Dec 29Mongolia