This page presents a list of fellowships, grants, and awards related to East Asian interests. UVA administered grants are listed on this page below. click on the approprate grant to go directly to that section. National and international sources of funding are listed on separate linked pages.
UVA Administered Awards are listed on this page in the following sections:
FLAS / Coughlin / Penn / Weedon / Faculty Development / Founders / Mastercard / Lorna Sundberg
National and International Sources of Funding are listed on the following pages:
Fellowships & Grants / Language
Study / China
Grants / Japan
Grants / Korea
Opportunities / Employment
Internships / Undergraduate Grants and Scholarships
Note: includes both summer and academic year fellowships
Application Deadline: Friday, Feb 28th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
The Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (also known as FLAS or Title VI FLAS) is an award for students concentrating in modern foreign language and a program that includes international or area studies. Academic-year (AY) fellowships are for nine months of study at the University of Virginia beginning Fall semester. The award includes a stipend, payment of tuition, and required health clinic and student activity fees. Each fellowship includes an institutional payment and a subsistence allowance. The estimated institutional payment for academic year 2014-2015 fellowship is $18,000 for a graduate student and $10,000 for an undergraduate student. The estimated subsistence allowance for an academic year 2014 - 2015 fellowship is $15,000 for a graduate student and $5,000 for an undergraduate student. No dependency allowances are offered.The same form is used to apply for the Summer FLAS, see pp 7-8 of the application form for details.
FLAS fellowships are contingent upon funding from the U.S. Department of Education; no awards are guaranteed until funding notification, expected in May - July, 2014.
Languages by Area
The US Department of Education has approved UVA FLAS funded study of the following languages.
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan
The FLAS Fellowship competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students of the University of Virginia who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are enrolled in a full-time program (either domestic or overseas) that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies.
*Undergraduate students must be at the intermediate or advanced levels of language proficiency while holding this grant.*
A FLAS fellow must register for a course in the language of the award each semester and earn a grade of B or better; and combine language study with at least one area or international studies course, or the international aspects of professional studies; and complete an online “Interim (Oct. 1, 2014) and Final Performance Report (June 1, 2015) as required by the U.S. Department of Education.
With the approval from the United States Department of Education, Academic Year FLAS awards may be used for full-time dissertation research provided that the student is at the advanced level of language proficiency. The use of the foreign language in dissertation research must be extensive enough to be able to consider the language improvement facilitated by the research equal to improvement that would be obtained from a full academic year’s worth of formal classroom instruction. Use of the FLAS fellowship for dissertation research is not encouraged by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education prefers that students apply to the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad. All overseas programs of study must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency and must be approved by the United States Department of Education at least thirty (30) days prior to the start of the program. Only apply for a full academic year, partial FLAS awards are not allowed by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Application Submission: all materials to Dr. Richard Cohen, Asia Institute, P.O. Box 400169, 110 Minor Hall, by 2pm, Feb 28th, 2014.
An applicant must submit: 1. Application Form, 2. Statement of Purpose, 3. Transcript, and 4. UVA Supplemental Questionnaire. In addition, TWO recommendations by separate faculty are required: 5. Language Recommendation and 6. Academic Recommendation.
UVA Supplemental Questionnaire
Application Deadline: TBA
Cash award of $2,500, up to $1,300 in Airfare to Asia, Award Certificate, and Recognition in Graduation Ceremonies
Competition is open to all graduating fourth-year students, any major, with 12 credit hours in South or East Asia-related courses, including at least 6 credit hours in Asian history. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of academic excellence and a commitment to pursue Asia-related interests in graduate school, professional school, or in a career.
Submit 1) the application form (available online at www.virginia.edu/eastasia or at 436 Nau Hall); 2) a copy of your official transcript; 3) two letters of recommendation; 4) a 500-word statement of purpose; and 5) an academic paper of at least 1,000 words from an Asian history course to Professor Brad Reed, 436 Nau Hall.
Applications are typically due in late March or early April. Check here for updates. No electronic submissions, please.
Submit applications to:
the mailbox of Professor Brad Reed, Department of History, Nau Hall
To access the application, click here.
Application Deadline:Friday, Feb 28th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
The Irwin S. Penn Memorial Scholarship provides three grants of up to $3,300 each in travel funding to China for University of Virginia Graduate Students (any discipline) for the purpose of language study or dissertation research. Funds may be used either during the summer of 2014 or during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Applicants must submit a completed application form, transcripts; a statement of purpose including the proposed course of study or research and how this will further her or his graduate career; and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s faculty advisor. For students traveling to China for language study, the second letter of recommendation must be from a language instructor with whom the applicant has worked. Applicants applying for both the Weedon and Penn scholarships can submit one application and set of supporting materials for both scholarships. Applications are available at the East Asia Center Office or online. Completed applications must be turned in to the East Asia Center Office (Minor Hall 110) no later than 2 pm, Friday Feb 28th, 2014. No electronic submissions please.
Application Deadline: Friday, Feb 28th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
This grant is awarded by the East Asia Center at the University of Virginia. Funds granted are to be used towards the cost of round-trip air fare between Charlottesville and East Asia. Travel within an Asian country will not be covered by the grant.
Both students and faculty members are eligible. Applicants must plan to be in East Asia at least two weeks for study or research. They are also required to be in residence at the University the following academic year and must be willing to share their newly acquired knowledge with the University community via lectures, seminars, and/or other presentations. Student applicants must spend eight weeks or more in East Asia to be eligible for funding up to full round trip air fare (partial funding may be available for shorter stays). A complete statement of eligibility, selection criteria, and application procedures may be found in the Weedon Travel Grant Information listed below. The deadline for application is Friday, Feb 28th, 2014 at 2:00 PM.
Application materials can be downloaded from the links below. Please read the 2014 Weedon Grant Information sheet carefully as missing or late documentation can harm your chances of an award.
Faculty Development Grants
Application Deadline: Rolling
The EAC makes available to all East Asia-related faculty holding long-term paid appointments “Faculty Development Grants.” The grant is designed to provide supplemental funds of up to $500 per application to help defray the costs
associated with: participating in East Asia-related workshops and conferences
both in the U.S. and abroad by presenting or commenting on papers; research-related activities such as materials acquisition, transcription, and translation; and costs associated with the editing and publication of a manuscript (subventions). Applicants need to have applied for other applicable funding, such as departmental travel funds, in order to be eligible for this award. A separate application is required. Applications may be submitted to the EAC Grants Committee any time during fall and spring semesters up to two weeks before the date of the last class meeting.
In 2002, on the occasion of the retirement of veteran Chinese language teacher Gilbert Roy and historian John Israel, alumni began to contribute to the Founders endowment fund in honor of the faculty who contributed to the founding and expansion of East Asia studies at the University of Virginia. The Founders Travel Grant is a special honor to a student planning language work in East Asia, and it supplements the available Weedon travel grants. Contributions continue to be welcome to this fund.
One or more Founders Student Travel Grants to Asia of $1000 are awarded using the Weedon Travel Grant process. A separate application is not necessary. The deadline for application is Friday, Feb 28th, 2014 at 2:00 PM.
The Mastercard Asian Studies Scholarship competition is held annually. This scholarship was established by Ms. Rebecca George and H. Eugene Lockhart Jr. to encourage the study of Asia. It is based on merit with a successful candidate showing excellence in language study and creative approaches to topics in South Asian or East Asian studies or languages. The award will go toward the payment of tuition and fees. South Asia or East Asia majors who apply for the Distinguished Majors Program will automatically be considered for the Mastercard Scholarship. The deadline for consideration of the Mastercard Scholarship is usually in March, when the DMP applications are due. A separate application is not required for the Mastercard Scholarship. For details about the Distinguished Majors Program, please visit:
More Information: http://www.virginia.edu/deallc/degreeprograms_dmp.html
The University of Virginia's Lorna Sundberg International Center's namesake scholarship is offered to rising fourth-year international students who have demonstrated academic merit and dedication to the community.
The winner of the 2012 Lorna Sundberg Scholarship will receive $1,500 to put toward tuition. Applications are typically due in March. Please check back at this website in Jan-Feb for updates.
Contact: Tanya Reeves, Assistant Director, Lorna Sundberg International Center, email@example.com