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Grants & Awards

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:

Coughlin / Weedon / Faculty Development / Founders / Mastercard / Lorna Sundberg / Taiwan Language Study Scholarships

National and International Sources of Funding are listed on the following pages:

Fellowships & Grants / Language Study / China Grants / Japan Grants / Korea Grants /

Postdoctoral Opportunities / Employment Internships / Undergraduate Grants and Scholarships

Margaret M. Coughlin Memorial Award In Asian History

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.



Ellen Bayard Weedon Travel Grants

Application Deadline: Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Each year the Grants Committee of the East Asia Center allocates money to be used to defray the cost of travel to East Asia by University faculty members and students.  These funds may be used to cover all or part of a round trip airfare between Charlottesville and East Asia. Travel within an East Asian country will not be covered by a Weedon travel grant.



  • The Ellen Bayard Weedon travel grant is available to any University of Virginia faculty member or student who intends to spend at least two weeks in East Asia pursuing study or research.
  • Recipients must agree to be in residence at the University during the subsequent academic year.
  • Recipients must agree to share with the University community knowledge and experience acquired in East Asia through lectures, colloquia, seminars, media presentations, etc.
  • Student applicants must intend to enroll in structured programs offered by accredited academic institutions in East Asia, or plan to pursue a specific research project.




Applicants intending to spend two to eight weeks in East Asia under the conditions outlined herein may apply for a travel grant to cover partial (25% or more) round trip air fare between Charlottesville and East Asia.


Applicants intending to spend eight weeks or more in East Asia under the conditions outlined herein may apply for a travel grant to cover up to full round trip air fare between Charlottesville and East Asia


Under special circumstances students and faculty members may apply for up to fullround trip air fare regardless of length of stay in East Asia, provided the trip has a sound and genuine professional or academic purpose, i.e., to attend a professional conference, to conduct research that can only be conducted in East Asia, etc. 


These travel grants cannot be used cover the following:  (1) trips designed to enable a student or faculty member to simply "visit" East Asia, (2) in-country travel, (3) program and/or conference fees, (4) lodging and accommodations.




Travel grant applications shall be judged according to the selection committee's assessment of the quality of the applicant, the intellectual and academic cohesiveness of the applicant's project, and financial need.  Preference shall be given to applicants who have not received a grant within the past year, who have not recently been to East Asia, and to projects ranked in the following order of priority:

  1. research, language and cultural study;
  2. participation in study tours;
  3. participation in conferences.


Specific award amounts will be based on the availability of funds. No single travel grant shall exceed one-third of available funds, and normally no more than half of the available funds shall be allocated to faculty members.




All applications should be submitted through online. Please select the appropriate form to submit. Please read the grant information on the first page of the application form carefully, as missing or late documentation can harm your chances of an award. 


INSTRUCTION FOR RECOMMENDERS: Please submit your application letter to East Asia Center mailbox, located at New Cabell Hall 156.



Faculty Development Grants

Application Deadlines for 2014-2015: November 3rd, 2014 (Monday); March 16th, 2015 (Monday)

The East Asia Center(with additional support from the Institute of World Languages) 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.

Application Deadlines for 2014–15: November 3, 2014 (Monday); March 16, 2015 (Monday)

Recipients must agree to share with the East Asia Center community knowledge and experiences acquired through reports, short presentations, etc.

*For large publication projects please apply for a publication grant by using the same form; a publication grant can range from $1,000-$2,000, depending on the needs.

Please submit your application following this link.



Founders Student Travel Grant to Asia

Application Deadline: Friday, Feb 28th, 2014 at 2:00 PM

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.



Mastercard Asian Studies Scholarship

Application Deadline: See DEALLC Website

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



Lorna Sundberg Scholarship

Application Deadline: TBA

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, tanyareeves@virginia.edu



Taiwan Language Study Scholarships

Application Deadline: Feb. 28th, 2015

The Institute of World Languages is pleasedto announce two scholarships for studying abroad in Taiwan. Please see details of this scholarship in the link below.

Study Abroad in Taiwan