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Student Grants

Ellen Bayard Weedon Travel Grant for Studies in East Asia

Application Deadline: October 15th (Spring) and March 1 (Summer & Fall)

Each year the East Asia Center Grants Committee awards money to lessen the cost of travel to East Asian countries by University faculty members and students.  These funds, from the Founders' Grants and the Ellen Bayard Weedon Endowment, may be used to cover part or all of the cost of airfare between Charlottesville and an East Asian country. Travel within an East Asian country will not be covered by a Center travel grant.

The Nelson Scholars Program for Southeast Asian Studies

Application Deadline: October 15th (Spring) and March 1 (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, and faculty members, for research.  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.

Office of Undergraduate Research


Outside Funding Sources

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible languages are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.  Fellowship applications can be submitted online here.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia.  The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship and Taiwan Scholarship offered by the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan).

Scholarship for People from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Member Economies offered by the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan).

Fudan Development Institute Visiting Scholar Program

East China Normal University International Chinese Language Teachers Scholarship-Visiting Program

The National Bureau of Asian Research Chinese Language Fellowship Program

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowships for Young Scientists

Asian Division Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship Program provides individuals with the opportunity to pursue research in Asian studies, using the unparalleled collections of the Asian Division and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The fellowships are for a minimum of five business days of research at the Library of Congress.

Japan Foundation Grants for Japanese Studies The Japan Foundation offers several grant programs and fellowship opportunities in order to deepen the understanding of Japan in the United States. These programs support institutions, researchers, and students in the field of Japanese Studies.

The America-Japan Society (AJS) “Visit and Study Japan Grant Program (VSJ)” provides air fare and financial support to U.S. graduate students studying Japan or Japan-U.S. relations.

Institute for International Education directory listing for over 200 grant and scholarship programs.

Luce Scholars Program


Non-Asia-Specific Grants & International Research Programs

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Weatherhead Academy Scholars Program at Harvard University, for recent PhD recipients and doctoral candidates in the social sciences.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for Ph.D., Th.D. or Ed.D. candidates who are writing on ethical or religious values.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Research Abroad Program

The National Science Foundation

National Security Education Program administered by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) in the U.S Department of Defense.

Rotary Global Grants

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships and Grants

U.S. Institute of Peace - Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program to PhD candidates enrolled at U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to conflict management, peacebuilding and security studies.