Are you an undergraduate in an East Asia related field? Are you looking for information on grants and scholarships for your studies? Are you a fourth-year thinking about graduate work?
This page is a collection of information on grants and scholarships specifically aimed at undergraduates. The East Asia Center and related departments manage several awards for undergraduates:
Visit the grants and awards page for more information on these awards
The Fulbright program is a US State Department sponsored program that provides grants for U.S. students to study abroad and foreign students to study in the U.S. The program offers many grants throughout East Asia. Fourth-years planning to do graduate work can apply for a grant for study or research towards an M.A. or PhD program.
The Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Aimed at helping New Americans, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships pay tuition and expenses for graduate studies. The qualified applicant (1) is a resident alien, i.e., holds a Green Card; or, (2) has been naturalized as a US citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. Fourth-year students are encouraged to apply.
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia in approved language programs. The Fellowships are available to students who have graduated and completed at least three years of language study or equivalent. They cover Tuition or tutoring fees, plus a stipend for travel, living and study expenses.
The Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards
The University of Virginia's 2008 Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards program funds outstanding undergraduate research projects to be carried out in the summer of 2008 or the 2008-2009 academic year. Approximately forty awards of up to $3000 each will be granted on a competitive basis to current first, second, and third-year undergraduate students.
NSEP Boren Awards
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) is a unique scholarship opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. Created in 1991, NSEP awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests. NSEP was designed to provide American undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Associates working on the Carnegie Endowment's projects such as non-proliferation, democracy building, Middle East political reform, trade and environment, economics, international security, South Asian politics, China-related issues and Russian/Eurasian studies. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.
This year, the Center for Undergraduate Excellence will help coordinate U.Va.¹s application process, working with John Owen in the Politics Department, who will serve as faculty chair. Interested students should
contact Lucy Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Center for Undergraduate Excellence
for applications, which will be due to the Center by noon on December 5,
Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes
Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers(CAORC), the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in eleven critical need foreign languages, including Chinese.
Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program - U.S. Department of State
The Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study. Each year’s award also includes reimbursement for books and for travel. Fellows must commit to serve 4.5 years as a foreign service officer.
Rotary Foundation Scholarships
Ambassadorial Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, nearly 38,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. The scholarships provide for one year of study in any foreign country where a Rotary Club is located, including Japan and Taiwan. Fellows are expected to follow a formal course of study at a university.
Luce Scholars Fellowships
The Luce Scholars Program represents a major effort by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society.
Launched in 1974, The Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had no prior experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia or their Asian counterparts. The program provides stipends and internships for eighteen young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Students who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for Luce Scholar fellowships.
The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Undergraduate Study Abroad
The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The scholarship is
sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare. Over 1,200 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.
The Japanese Government Ministry of Education and Science (Monbukagakusho) offers seven different scholarships to students who wish to study in Japan, including several that are available to undergraduates or graduating fourth-year students. To date, some 65,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Monbukagakusho scholarship program. Students must be nominated by the Japanese embassy or consulate in their region (Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.).