The Nelson Scholars Program for Southeast Asian Studies for Students

Application Deadline: October 15th (Spring) and February 15 (Summer & Fall)

Each year the Southeast Asia Programming and Grants Committee allocates money to be used to reduce the cost of travel to Southeast Asian countries by University students for study.  These funds may be used to cover part or all of the cost of airfare between Charlottesville and a Southeast Asian country, as well as program fees, reasonable accomodations, and research-related transportation within Southeast Asia.


  • The Nelson Scholars Program for Southeast Asian Studies is available to any University of Virginia student who intends to spend at least two weeks in Southeast Asia pursuing study.
  • 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 Southeast Asia through lectures, colloquia, seminarsmedia presentations, etc.
  • Student applicants must intend to enroll in structured programs offered by accredited academic institutions in Southeast Asia, or plan to pursue a specific research project.
  • Students must adhere to University policy regarding international travel.


Travel Grant Awards

Applicants intending to spend a minimum of two weeks in Southeast Asia under the conditions outlined herein may apply for a travel grant.

Students and faculty members may apply for up to full round-trip airfare regardless of length of stay in Southeast 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 Southeast Asia, etc.)

Selection Criteria

Travel grant applications shall be judged according to the selection committee's assessment of the quality of the applicant and the intellectual and academic cohesiveness of the applicant's project.  Preference shall be given to applicants who have not received a grant within the past year, who have not recently been to Southeast 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 and the cost to participate. 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.

To Apply please follow the instructions here.