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Student Travel Grants

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 Ellen Bayard Weedon travel grant is available to any University of Virginia 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, seminarsmedia 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.
  • Students must adhere to University policy regarding international travel.


Travel Grant Awards

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

Under special circumstances students may apply for up to full round-trip airfare, 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 Southeast Asia, etc.)


Selection Criteria

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.

To Apply, please follow the instructions here.