Funding Opportunities

A number of Asia-related funding opportunities are available for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty travel and research. We have also assembled below a list of potential funding sources; this list will be updated regularly. If you know of additional undergraduate, graduate, or faculty funding opportunities, please let us know. NOTE: please check for updated deadlines at the individual funding sponsor sites.

Aggregated databases of Asia-related grants and fellowships, searchable by location or keyword:

Boston University maintains or subscribes to extensive databases of funding opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty study, travel, and research http://www.bu.edu/research/information-for/researchers/funding-opportunities/

Of particular interest is the COS Pivot service, currently available to Boston University faculty and staff. Contact your advisor for access; flexible keyword searches yield many funding possibilities (for example, currently some 530 funding programs are listed using the keyword “Asia”)

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Grants and Fellowships
http://www.acls.org/programs/comps/
ACLS is a private, nonprofit federation of 74 national scholarly organizations that support research in the humanities and related social sciences. Doctoral and Post-doctoral fellowships are awarded to advance scholarship and to strengthen relations among learned societies. Other supported activities include scholarly conferences, reference works, and innovations in scholarly communication.

In the 2015-16 competition year, ACLS awarded over $18 million to more than 300 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines. Fellowships and grants were offered in 12 programs; program descriptions are available for information purposes here. Applicants who are not US citizens or are based at institutions outside the US should see the information we provide international applicants here.

Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Grants and Fellowships Database
http://www.asian-studies.org/Grants-and-Awards/Other-Grant-Programs

Institute of International Education IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding
http://www.studyabroadfunding.org
Currently lists some 200 funding opportunities for study and research in Asia.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships and Prizes http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/
Since 1923, the SSRC has awarded more than fifteen thousand fellowships to researchers around the globe. Council fellowship programs are strategic—they target specific problems, promote individual and institutional change, and expand networks.

The SSRC’s varied fellowships and prizes share a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America.

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Selected Asia-related Funding Opportunities:

Asian Cultural Council (ACC)

http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org

“The Asian Cultural Council works to advance international respect and understanding between people and cultures through transformative cultural exchange. ACC awards fellowship grants to artists and scholars in three categories of cross-cultural exchange: Asia to the U.S., U.S. to Asia, and inter-Asia. To achieve the goal of enabling meaningful engagement, ACC develops programs specifically tailored to the needs and interests of each of its grant recipients. Additionally ACC fosters ongoing dialogue between and among its grantees and artists and scholars through a dynamic and robust network of individuals across disciplines and across the globe. The ACC supports its efforts by seeking funding from individuals, foundations, and corporations with an interest in and dedication to strengthening ties between the United States and the countries of Asia.

The Asian Cultural Council supports transformative cultural exchange by awarding grants to artists, scholars, and arts and humanities professionals, as well as organizations and educational institutions from the United States and Asia for research, study, and creative work in the United States and Asia and within the countries of Asia.”

Online application materials are available each fall (generally between September and November) and can be accessed during that time period through the ACC website. For information on guidelines and eligibility please refer to the links below.

If you are an individual interested in applying to ACC, please visit our Individual Guidelines and Application page.

If you are an organization interested in applying to ACC, please visit our Organization Guidelines and Application page.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Thomas and Frances Blakemore spent more than 50 years living and working in Japan. They established the Blakemore Foundation in 1990 to encourage Americans to develop greater fluency in Asian languages and to increase the understanding of Asian art in the United States.

2019 Grant Guidelines  http://www.blakemorefoundation.org/downloads/2019%20Grant%20Guidelines.pdf

“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.

The Blakemore Foundation makes grants for study only at specific language programs. Please refer to the current list of approved programs.

To be eligible for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, an applicant must:

Be pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language.
By the start of the grant, have a college undergraduate degree.
Be at or near an advanced level in the language. The minimum requirement is three years of study of the language at the college level, either through classes taken in university or in combination with study-abroad language programs.
Be able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study during the term of the grant. Grants are not made for part-time study or research.
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as academia, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, and government service are encouraged to apply.

Please be aware that our grants are highly competitive. In recent years, we were able to fund less than 10% of applicants.”

Selection Criteria 

  • A focused, well-defined career objective involving Asia in which regular use of the language is an important aspect
  • The potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country
  • Prior experience in the Asian country or involvement or participation in activities related to the country
  • Good academic, professional or business background, appropriate to the career program Residency Requirement

Blakemore Freeman Fellows are expected to remain in the study country during the entire period of their grant, except in the event of an emergency, required visa renewal travel or for absences approved in advance by the Foundation. Therefore, a Blakemore Freeman Fellow should not plan to return to the United States for Christmas or other holiday periods.

Conflicting Activities 

Blakemore Freeman Fellows must devote full-time to language study and not engage in any conflicting activities during the period covered by their grant. Part-time employment, teaching English, extensive research on a dissertation or involvement in other projects which could hamper full-time study are not permitted. Recreational, educational or cultural activities which do not interfere with full-time study are encouraged, particularly during school and holiday breaks.

Applications for language grants for the 2019/2020 academic year open July 1, 2018
The grant application cycle begins July 1, 2018 with a deadline of 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on December 30, 2018.

Application forms are filled out on line at https://blakemorefoundation.communityforce.com.
If you are unable to access or log on to our CommunityForce application site, or have problems using the application program, please email us at contactus@blakemorefoundation.org so we can assist you.

David L. Boren Fellowships https://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship/basics.html

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities of up to $24,000 for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Application Deadline
The Boren Fellowships national application deadline is January 30, 2019. Please see your campus representative for your earlier on-campus deadline. For more information on the application process, please visit, how to apply.

Boren Fellowships applicants will be notified of their status in mid-to-late April.

Critical Language Scholarship Program https://exchanges.state.gov/cls

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program provides overseas foreign language instruction and cultural immersion experiences for American undergraduate and graduate students in fourteen critical need languages.

CLS is part of a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to our national security and prosperity. These critical languages are less commonly taught in U.S. schools, but are essential to America’s positive engagement with the world.

CLS plays an important role in preparing U.S. students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce, increasing American competitiveness, and contributing to national security. CLS scholars also serve as citizen ambassadors, representing the diversity of the United States abroad, dispelling stereotypes about Americans, and building lasting relationships with people in their host countries.

Students representing the diversity of the United States, including students of all backgrounds and academic disciplines and those with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and apply the critical language skills in their future academic and professional careers.

Scholarships are offered in the following languages and levels:

Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels
Arabic and Persian: advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels
Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: intermediate and advanced levels

For more information, visit clscholarship.org

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
http://www.iie.org/Programs/Freeman-ASIA

Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

Interested students should apply to Freeman-ASIA in the academic term before their study abroad program begins.  Applications must also be endorsed by both the study abroad adviser and the financial aid adviser by the specified deadline.

About the Sponsor:

Freeman-ASIA is sponsored by the Freeman Foundation, a private foundation with offices in Honolulu, HI. The Freeman Foundation’s major objectives include strengthening the bonds of friendship between the United States and countries of East Asia. Through education and educational institutes, the Foundation hopes to develop a greater appreciation of Asian cultures, histories, and economies in the United States and a better understanding of the American people and of American institutions and purposes by the peoples of East Asia.

Friends of UTokyo Inc. (FUTI) http://www.friendsofutokyo.org

Grants and Awards http://www.friendsofutokyo.org/grants-and-awards/

Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI) is committed to furthering the educational and research goals of FUTI by awarding grants and scholarship awards to non-profit organizations (typically universities and research institutions) in the U.S., students and scholars in the U.S. and Japan, whose activities will help further globalization of UTokyo (the University of Tokyo), its faculty members and students. In order to see the reports by FUTI’s recent awardees, please see the Roster of Recipients page.

At present, we are soliciting proposals and applications on:

  1. Grant (up to $10,000) to a project/activity to be jointly pursued by UTokyo and Institution(s) in the U.S. The project/activity may be, for example, a conference or workshop, a travel grant for a graduate student or researcher who participates in a joint project with UTokyo, etc. Because of FUTI’s limited budget, use of the grant for a faculty salary is not allowed. For more information, click here.
  2. Award to support a U.S. student who attends a summer internship/program offered by UTokyo or its affiliated institution. For more information, click here.
  3. Award to support a UTokyo student who attends a summer program/internship offered by a reputable U.S. institution. For more information, click here. (Japanese only)

We are open to any other innovative and new ideas for grants and awards. Please contact us by sending an inquiry here.

Fund for Education Abroad http://fundforeducationabroad.org

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2010 to address the need for an independent study abroad scholarship provider. FEA is expanding access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits to the individual and value to the collective, and by granting scholarships of up to $10,000.

Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

Since 2010, FEA has awarded almost 100 scholarships, helping students from all over the United States follow their dreams abroad.

http://fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations.

Application information can be found here.

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
https://www.clir.org/fellowships/mellon

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences using original sources.

The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year in amounts up to $25,000. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow receives an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience.

The purposes of this fellowship program are to:

• help junior scholars in the humanities and related social sciences gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources;
• enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available;
• encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad; and
• capture insights into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.

Selection Criteria

A special committee of scholars in the humanities, archivists, and special collections librarians will select fellowship recipients.

The committee includes representatives from different fields of the humanities and related social sciences, reflecting the variety of fields represented in the research proposals. The committee will assess quality with reference to the following criteria:

•originality and creativity of the research proposal;
•importance of the proposed dissertation to the applicant’s field;
•appropriateness of the primary-source collection(s) and institutions in which the applicant proposes to do research;
•competence of the applicant for proposed research as indicated by references, transcripts, language skills, research experience, and other academic achievements; and
•prospects for completing specified research within the time projected.

Recipients will not be expected to complete all dissertation work during the fellowship period–merely the portion of their research outlined in the proposal.

The committee will give preference to sound, non-traditional projects that—

•use sources in innovative, creative ways;
•use newly available or little studied sources;
•make interdisciplinary use of sources; and/or
•use sources in repositories that cannot, themselves, provide financial assistance to researchers.

Fellows may propose to work in more than one repository during the fellowship period, including repositories abroad. Preference is given to applicants working away from their home institutions. The selection committee will assess the applicant’s need for working in multiple repositories, working abroad, or both.

In the administration and awarding of fellowships, neither CLIR nor the selection committee discriminates on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship or immigration status, or political affiliation.

For questions regarding this program, please contact us by e-mail at mellon@clir.org.

For questions regarding this program, please contact us by e-mail at mellon@clir.org. Information for applicants https://www.clir.org/fellowships/mellon/applicants.html

Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies

The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies provides grants to promote the study of East Asian art throughout the world.

The Center was created in 1977 in Kyoto by the Harry G. C. Packard Collections Charitable Trust, which was endowed by Mr. Packard. A resident of Japan for many years, he established the Center with several objectives in mind: to build a bridge between East Asia and the West; to reciprocate the inspiration and support given by Japanese Scholars; and, most important, to advance scholarship of East Asian Art.

Since the program began in 1977, hundreds of grant recipients have made significant contributions to the understanding and appreciation of East Asian art.

Applications for the 2019-2020 grant programs are now available for download on the website with an application postmark deadline of December 31, 2018. Please follow the links at http://www.metcenter-grants.net/ for information specific to each grant program.

To receive information about grants as it is made available, please email the administrator to be added to our mailing list.”

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A sampling of more focused country-specific grant and fellowship opportunities include:

CHINA:

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

China and Inner Asia Small Grants Program

The China and Inner Asia Council of the AAS (CIAC) is soliciting applications for awards of up to $2,000. Dissertation-level graduate students and scholars with special interests in China, Taiwan, or Inner Asia are invited to submit proposals. CIAC Small Grant awards are made possible through funding provided by the Chiang Ching-kuo (CCK) Foundation and from AAS-member donations.

Applicants must be current AAS members, but there are no citizenship requirements. Dissertation-level graduate students, junior and independent scholars (including language pedagogues and librarians), and adjunct faculty are especially encouraged to apply, but scholars of all levels are eligible. Applicants must not have received a CIAC Small Grant within the past three years. Only one application per individual will be accepted in any one grant application round.

Applications are specifically encouraged in the following areas of Chinese or Inner Asia studies:

(1) short research trips for dissertation-level graduate students, and for scholars at non-research institutions, to travel to major libraries and collections or other research sites. If your project involves interviewing human subjects, please see specific requirements in this regard below. Also, please note, CIAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects. Regarding eligible research travel expenses, see below.

(2) short research trips for translators of scholarly books and articles to travel to major libraries and collections or other research sites directly related to the translation project; funding is not intended to compensate grant applicants for actual time spent translating.

(3) organization of conferences and seminars—particularly for the organization of small conferences and seminars away from major centers of Chinese studies.

(4) specialist or regional newsletters or websites disseminating important information to their respective fields

The following items are NOT eligible for funding:

(1) for research and translator travel applicants/awards, only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and personal meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement. Passport/Visa application fees, insurance, book or equipment purchases, shipping expenses, gifts, research assistants, translation costs, photocopying expenses or supplies, and survey costs are not eligible for reimbursement

(2) tuition or class fees of any kind, or any other expenses associated with participation in summer classes, institutes or related activities

(3) travel to conferences, including the AAS annual conference

(4) translation of an applicant’s own work or to pay professional translators to translate materials

(5) book subventions and publication costs

(6) repeat applications for previously funded projects and organizations.

PROJECT INFORMATION
To complete your application please attach:

(1) A project statement not exceeding 1,000 words that describes the topic of this project and the role that CIAC support will play in enabling the project’s completion.

For research travel applications, the project statement should indicate the specific research or professional activities you will be engaged in; what archives, libraries, or other research facilities you intend to use or field sites you will visit; your tentative itinerary; and a schedule of expected completion of project and/or publication. Please also indicate: Is this your first trip to the planned research site or a follow-up trip to collect information not obtained on an earlier visit? Is this particular research trip crucial to completion of your project? Why?

Successful grant applications for Research Travel funding will have the following features; they will:

1. At the outset, state the nature of the question(s) being posed;

2. Demonstrate the contribution(s) to the larger field (beyond the immediate, narrower subfield of the project) that the project aims to make; explain the project’s significance to the more specific subfield in which the project will be situated; this may entail very briefly displaying awareness of previous work on the topic;

3. Make explicit what you are hoping to achieve;

4. Describe briefly the methods and/or materials that will be used to address the questions posed; and

5. Justify the research site(s) or archive(s) being selected for the project.

Any applicant’s research project that requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) or similar approval by law or institutional practice should receive this approval from the applicant’s institution or sponsoring organization prior to conducting the research for which this CIAC grant application is made. CIAC (or the AAS by extension) bears no responsibility or liability for awarding any CIAC Research Travel Grant for projects where this IRB approval should have been secured.

(2) A budget statement, delineated by type of expense. Please list all other sources and amounts of support you have obtained for this project as well as all pending applications for support.

For research Travel applicants, please note eligible travel expenses described above.

For Conference/Workshop/Seminar applicants, please prepare a detailed budget estimate demonstrating all expected sources of funding/revenue, expenses, and how precisely CIAC funds would be utilized.

Please be aware that AAS grants take the form of reimbursement rather than payment in advance, and only after project completion and grant report/form submission. Original receipts need to be retained and reimbursement is only for eligible expenses incurred up to the amount of the grant awarded.

NOTE ABOUT INDIRECT COSTS: The AAS is unable to support funding requests for indirect costs from applicants to its small grant programs. The AAS is a membership organization rather than a funding agency, and conducts its grant programs as a service to the field through the voluntary help of its members. Funds for all grant programs originate from outside agencies, and individual awards are quite modest. We therefore ask applicants’ home institutions to waive their normal indirect cost requirements.

(3) A current Curriculum Vitae not exceeding two pages for the applicant. NOTE: For conferences or workshops, you must also provide similar short CV’s for the conference organizer and any keynoters or principal participants.

(4) For graduate student applicants, a letter of recommendation from an advisor is required. Advisor recommendation letters for eligible graduate student applicants must be sent as an email attachment in PDF format on university letterhead directly by the advisor to grants@asian-studies.org to arrive by no later than the application deadline. Please note the student applicant name in the advisor recommendation letter file attachment and e-mail subject line.

All grant applicants must submit their application BY E-MAIL on a CIAC GRANT APPLICATION FORM (choose the “Save File” option to save this Word document to your own computer to fill out and attach to your email application). Grant application materials must be submitted by email attachment as one continuous Word document file in the following order: (1) the grant application; (2) project statement; (3) budget; (4) CV(s); and, if applicable (5) any other additional information to grants@asian-studies.org. Your application must include your name in the e-mail subject line.

Grant applications must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on FEBRUARY 1, 2019.

Since current AAS membership is required for your grant application, please be sure to take care of this before the grant application deadline, especially when a deadline falls on the weekend. Advisor recommendation letters for eligible graduate student applicants must be sent as an email attachment in PDF format on university letterhead directly by the advisor to the same grants@asian-studies.org email address and also to arrive by no later than the above stated application deadlines. Please note the student applicant name in the advisor recommendation letter file attachment and e-mail subject line.

Applications will only be considered for projects that begin on or after May 1, 2019, and will be completed on or before April 30, 2020. Awards will be decided by the China and Inner Asia Council at the 2019 AAS Annual Conference and applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-April. Successful applicants are required to submit a final report to CIAC and AAS.
QUESTIONS? For specific grant application questions not answered here, please contact Jack Chen, CIAC Vice Chair: jwc8v@virginia.edu.

Please see the AAS website for further details, important guidelines, and application forms and submission instructions:

http://www.asian-studies.org/Grants-and-Awards/CIAC

China University Scholarships 

http://scholarship.cucas.edu.cn/

In order to push the educational internationalization, encourage more international students to come to study in China universities. Many universities in China have established a variety of scholarship programs for international students. Chinese universities offer a wide variety of academic programs in Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Law, Economics, Management, Education, Liberal Arts, Philosophy, History, and Fine Arts for scholarship winners at all levels.

Coca Cola Fund for Summer Study in China Coca Cola Fund for Summer Study in China

Coca Cola Fund for Summer Study in China Application Instructions

Columbia University’s Office of Global Programs is pleased to offer need-based scholarships in support of the U.S. State Department’s 100,000 Strong Initiative to increase and diversify the pool of American students studying in China.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to students with financial need participating in the Columbia Summer Language Program in Beijing.

Eligibility
• Students must be admitted to the Summer Language Program in Beijing and demonstrate
financial need. Students who do not receive financial aid but can demonstrate financial need
are welcome to apply by submitting a FAFSA Student Aid Report.
• Students must be a U.S. citizen.
• Applications must be submitted with the required materials. Incomplete applications will not be
considered.

Application Deadline Feb. 15th

Esherick-Ye Family Foundation

The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation was only established in 2016. Our history is accordingly very brief. The Foundation was formed by Joseph W. Esherick and Ye Wa so that they could use their modest savings to support the sort of scholarship to which they have devoted their lives. To Esherick and Ye , there is no higher praise for scholarly work than “solid.” Careful, empirically based, clearly reasoned scholarship is far more valuable than work with the superficial appeal that comes with novelty or clever speculation. This is the sort of work that Esherick encouraged from the students he mentored at UCSD, and that Ye Wa has promoted in archaeology. The Foundation hopes, in the years to come, to continue to promote this sort of research in the China field through small grants to young scholars. There will be annual competitions for small grants, with deadlines for applications in January, and grantees and their projects announced each spring.

The foundation offers small grants of up to $5000 to support projects in modern Chinese economic, social and political history or archaeology.

In most cases, grants will be used to support travel to China for a month or two of research or field work. They may also be used to supplement other funding for research in China or Taiwan, when the alternative funding restricts research in one of those areas. Grants may also be used to develop the research skills of grantees, including the skill and capacity to conduct independent research in archives, libraries, and research sites in Asia and in Chinese language sources. Grants are available for graduate students and untenured faculty for projects on modern Chinese history and for undergraduate and graduate students as well as untenured faculty in archaeology

Detailed application procedures and eligibility guidelines can be found at www.esherick-yefoundation.org.  The deadline for applications is January 3, 2019.

Established in 2016 by Joseph W. Esherick and Ye Wa, the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation supports solid, careful, empirically based, and clearly reasoned scholarship—the sort of work that Esherick encouraged from the students he mentored at the University of California, San Diego, and that Ye Wa has promoted in archaeology.

Joseph Esherick is Professor Emeritus from the University of California, San Diego.  Author and editor of many books and articles about modern Chinese history, his notable works include Reform and Revolution in China: the 1911 Revolution in Hunan and Hubei (1976); The Origins of the Boxer Uprising (1987)—which won the AHA’s Fairbank prize as well as the AAS’s Levenson prize—and Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey through Chinese History (2011).

Ye Wa is an archaeologist specializing in China and co-director of the International Field School of Archaeology at Yangguanzhai in Shaanxi, China with degrees in archaeology from Xibei University, University of Oregon, and University of California, Los Angeles. She is co-editor with Esherick of Chinese Archives: An Introductory Guide (1996), and author of numerous articles on prehistoric and historic archaeology in China.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

http://www.acls.org/programs/china-studies/#prediss

The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies in its seventh year seeks to maintain the vitality of China Studies in North America through fellowships and grants designed primarily for scholars early in their careers. Studies on and in China have developed over the last 30 years in the United States and Canada into a robust field, but current conditions pose daunting problems, especially for scholars just before and just after the dissertation. To address this situation, the program offers three competitions:

Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants, for graduate students who wish to conduct preliminary preparations in China prior to beginning basic research for the dissertation. These grants are not intended as extensions of the time devoted to basic research but to support the necessary steps to prepare for it. They are for graduate students—with a PhD prospectus in hand or developing one—seeking to investigate the research currently underway in Chinese archives and field sites, to establish contact with Chinese scholars, and to secure necessary permissions for fieldwork or archival research;
Postdoctoral Fellowships, for scholars who are preparing their PhD dissertation for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects; and
Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants, for scholars of different disciplines to investigate texts that constitute essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events in contemporary or historical times.

Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences are welcome. The program supports the study of Chinese culture and society in all periods. Research in Hong Kong, Tibet and Taiwan is eligible.

The Program in China Studies is financially supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, with additional funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities for postdoctoral fellowships.

Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants
Amount: $5,000
Tenure: 3-4 months (in 2019) for a preliminary visit to China to prepare for beginning basic research for the dissertation. (Graduate students who have already begun research in China are not eligible.)
Eligibility:
1) An applicant must be enrolled in a PhD program at a university in the United States or Canada.
2) The application must contain a letter from the dissertation supervisor stating the need for a summer visit to China prior to dissertation research. This may include work useful to development of the prospectus.
Deadline: Applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system no later than 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, November 7, 2018.
Notifications will be sent by May 2019.
Final report required on completion.

Predissertation travel grants provide funding for graduate students to explore venues, make preliminary research arrangements, and gain advice from Chinese scholars that prepares for research in China.

Application essays must provide the rationale for the proposed travel agenda. The essay should provide a plan for the time in China, identifying the individuals, institutions, and sites to be visited. Inclusion of correspondence with potential contacts in China is desirable.

A working knowledge of Chinese is required.

Stipends may be used for costs associated with travel to China: air and ground transportation, visas and living expenses.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of:

The research design and intellectual organization of the dissertation project, and its significance to the field of China studies;
The suitability of the proposed visit to China to prepare for dissertation research in archives or at field sites;
The academic potential of the applicant; and
The feasibility of the plan of work for the proposed visit to China.
For inquiries, please email chinastudies@acls.org. Before making inquiries, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Postdoctoral Fellowships
Amount: up to $50,000
Tenure: two consecutive semesters released from teaching; fellowship to begin between June 2019 to September 2020. (Stipends for shorter periods—minimum one semester—will be pro-rated.)
Eligibility:
1) An applicant must hold a PhD from an institution in the United States or Canada. OR be a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a PhD from any institution. The PhD degree must be completed by November 7, 2018 (including defense and revisions) and conferred by May 31, 2019. (If the date of conferral is after the application deadline, the application must include an institutional statement attesting that all requirements for the PhD have been fulfilled. Successful applicants will be asked to submit proof of conferral.)
2) An applicant who is not a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident must have an affiliation, a long-term regular research or teaching appointment, with a university or college in the United States or Canada.
3) An applicant must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2010.
4) Applicants who have obtained tenure, or whose tenure review will be complete before May 31, 2019, are not eligible.
Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system no later than 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, November 7, 2018.
Notifications will be sent by May 2019.
Final report required on completion of the fellowship period.

Postdoctoral fellowships support research and writing toward a scholarly product in English. Priority will be given to proposals based on the applicant’s research in China.

A working knowledge of Chinese is required.

Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs. Other support may be accepted (sabbatical leave or other grants) but the total received cannot exceed the 125% of the fellow’s academic annual salary. There is no financial support for dependents.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of:

The research design and intellectual organization of the project;
The importance of proposed research in the context of existing literature, which must be identified;
The ability of the applicant to accomplish the proposed research, based on academic training and success of previous research projects; and
The feasibility of the plan of work.
For inquiries, please email chinastudies@acls.org. Before submitting an inquiry, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants
Amount: up to $15,000
Tenure: Workshops must be held between June 1, 2019 and September 2020.
Eligibility:
1) The coordinator of the workshop applies on behalf of all participants.
2) The coordinator must hold a PhD from a university in the United States or Canada. OR be a US or Canadian citizen/permanent resident with a PhD from any university.
3) Workshops must be held at a location in the United States or Canada.
4) No formal eligibility requirements for other participants. Graduate students are welcome to participate.
Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system no later than 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, November 7, 2018.
Notifications will be sent by May 2019.
Final report required on completion of the workshop.

These grants provide support for collaborative reading of texts in a workshop format that is interdisciplinary and crosses scholarly generations. A wealth of often complex and challenging texts is a distinctive feature of the Chinese cultural record, making close reading by a group of scholars especially fruitful, because they can bring to bear a diversity of research, experience, and expertise. Collaboration refers primarily to the sustained, collective examination of texts. But it may also characterize the conceptualization of the workshop by several scholars. If there is more than one organizer, the applicant should make this clear in the application essay. However, the applicant, if awarded, will be responsible on behalf of the group for corresponding with ACLS, for signing the grant letter and receiving funds, and for signing the final report. Workshop participants should be drawn from several different institutions.

Formats of workshops may vary, but each should be based on texts that illuminate a period, tradition, culture, location, or event. At the workshop, each text may be introduced by one or two participants, with others being asked to read and explicate a portion thereof. Close reading and careful translation are thus the basis for workshop discussion. Sufficient time should be provided for sustained collaborative reading – one day would seem too brief; three days much more productive.

Reading workshops are less formal than conferences; they involve interactive reading, interpretation and commentary by a seminar-sized group. (Applications proposing a series of individual presentations, especially to a larger audience, should consider applying to the Chiang Ching Kuo/ACLS program in Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society.)

Awards for collaborative reading workshops may be used to support travel and lodging costs of participants, acquisition of materials, communications, and local arrangements. Funds may not be used for salary replacement, honoraria, or institutional indirect costs. Funding will not be provided for events that constitute elements of a regularly scheduled series or colloquium, or that otherwise form part of the annual cycle of a university program. Luce/ACLS-funded reading-workshops must bring together scholars who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together.

The primary objects of study should be written texts, but these may be supplemented by images and objects such as archaeological artifacts.

The principal objective is a new understanding of the texts and the subject matter they illuminate. A publication might result, but it is not a requirement of the reading-workshop grant. No additional financial support for publication is anticipated.

Selection Criteria
The significance of the texts chosen for illuminating aspects of the study of the cultures, histories, and societies of China; and
Interdisciplinarity in the study of texts; for example, sociologists and literary scholars might be invited to read historical documents, historians to join the reading of philosophical manuscripts, etc.
Including graduate students, and scholars from Chinese institutions, is encouraged.

Awards will be made based on the rationale for the type of event(s) planned and the prospect for new interpretations of the texts selected for reading.

A final report is required, written in a form that may be published on the ACLS website.

Questions should be directed to chinastudies@acls.org. Please read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) before making inquiries.

The Program in China Studies is financially supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, with additional funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities for postdoctoral fellowships.

IIE Confucius China Studies Program
http://www.iie.org/programs/confucius-china-studies-program#.V6NYWGVUPkw

Over the past two decades, there has been a sharp increase in international interest in China, and the study of the Chinese language. The mission of the Confucius China Studies Program is to foster this interest by supporting China-related study and research among the international academic community’s rising generation of young scholars. The CCSP Fellowships provide substantial funding to doctoral students, and award recipients are expected to further develop and improve their Chinese language skills for the duration of their grant.

Recipients will receive generous support during their time in China. The award package will include the following: 80,000 RMB annual living stipend; 20,000 RMB annual research stipend; Insurance; Host university tuition; Airfare coverage to and from China; Coverage of costs associated with the Pre-Departure Orientation at IIE’s headquarters in New York during the summer prior to departure for China Financial support for a research visit to China by recipient’s home university adviser (Research Ph.D. Fellowship only)

The CCSP Fellowships offer generous funding to doctoral students focusing on China:

The Research Ph.D. Fellowship, which ranges from six months to two years, and provides funding to U.S.-based students who wish to pursue doctoral research in China. The Ph.D. in China Fellowship, which ranges from three to four years, and provides funding to students holding master’s degrees who wish to pursue their Ph.D. degree in China.

Students from a wide range of academic areas focusing on China are encouraged to apply.

Who should apply?
Research Ph.D. Fellowship: Students currently enrolled in a China-focused doctoral program at a U.S. institution are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

Ph.D. in China Fellowship: Students who have completed a master’s degree, or will complete a master’s degree by the start of the fellowship, with a focus on China.

For both programs, we welcome applications from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds in the Arts, Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Learn more about eligibility

What is included?
Recipients of these fellowships will receive generous financial support throughout the duration of their time in China. The grant includes a living stipend, a research stipend, round-trip airfare to China, and coverage of travel and accommodation expenses for the pre-departure orientation at IIE’s headquarters in New York City.
Learn more about award benefits

When can I apply?

The deadline for the 2016-2017 competition has passed. The CCSP deadline for IIE applications is usually in mid-February. The 2017-2018 application deadline will be posted on our website in early fall 2016. U.S.-based applicants must apply through IIE.

New England-China Scholarship Program

http://www.nebhe.org/programs-overview/international-study/new-england-china-scholarship-program-2/overview/

The New England—China Scholarship Program provide the opportunity to spend up to a year abroad in China—for language and cultural study and travel. Tuition and fees are covered by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission. The program provides a wide and unique variety of institutions from which New England college and university students can choose, including many of Beijing’s finest institutions; Students can take classes taught in either English or Chinese, or both.

Through the New England—China Scholarship Program, the Beijing Municipal Education Commission (BMEC) will provide up to nine (9) full-year, full-time scholarships per year. Scholarships will cover tuition and fees and are available for qualified undergraduate and graduate students from New England colleges and universities (public or independent). Individual scholarships will have a duration of up to one year, renewable upon review and application.

Schwarzman Scholars Program
https://www.schwarzmanscholars.org/

Schwarzman Scholars is a program designed to prepare future leaders to serve as intermediaries between China and the rest of the world by helping them understand China’s culture, economy, governance and evolving role in the world. Up to 200 Scholars chosen annually from around the world for this highly selective, fully-funded program will have an unrivaled opportunity to live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling and developing first-hand exposure to China, its people and a global group of promising leaders. Scholars will study for a one-year Masters degree in public policy, international studies, or economics and business at Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institutes of higher education with a 100 year history of strengthening ties between China and the rest of the world and a record of producing leaders such as President Xi Jinping, former President Hu Jintao, and former Premier Zhu Rongji.

Information about scholarship funding can be found at https://www.schwarzmanscholars.org/admissions/scholarship-funding/

JAPAN:

Association of Asian Studies

The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-US Friendship Commission (JUFC), supports a variety of grant programs in Japanese studies designed to facilitate the research of individual scholars, to improve the quality of teaching about Japan on both the college and precollege levels, and to integrate the study of Japan into the major academic disciplines in the United States.

Applicants must be current AAS members
Per JUSFC regulations, individual applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and institutional applicants must be located within the USA. In general, seminars/workshops/conferences must be held in the United States, however, an exception may be made if the host institution is a U.S. non-profit organization and the event is relevant to the U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship. Seminar/workshop/conference grant fund supported speakers or participants must be either U.S. citizens/permanent residents or Japanese nationals only.
Only one Japan grant application per individual will be accepted in any one grant period. Multiple applications for different categories will not be entertained.
Graduate student applicants in any grant category (where eligible) must provide an advisor recommendation letter—sent directly to the AAS by the advisor—in order to be considered for grant funding.
While we strongly suggest that applicants apply to other internal or external grants to help supplement their NEAC-funded projects, please be advised that multiple grants cannot pay for the same project expense items.
Grants are available in the following categories:

Research Travel within the USA

Awards of up to $2,000, including a maximum of $200 for daily expenses, are available to American citizens and permanent US residents who are engaged in scholarly research on Japan and wish to use museum, library, or other archival materials located in the USA. Only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and personal meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement. Passport/Visa application fees, insurance, book or equipment purchases, shipping expenses, gifts, research assistants, translation costs, photocopying expenses or supplies, and survey costs are not eligible for reimbursement. If your project involves interviewing human subjects, please see specific requirements in this regard in the NEAC grant application itself. Also, please note, NEAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects. Although these grants are primarily intended to support postdoctoral research on Japan, Ph.D. candidates are also eligible to receive support for doctoral dissertation research at appropriate collections. Applications from graduate students must include a letter of recommendation from an advisor sent directly to the AAS Secretariat by the application deadline. Grantees must use American carriers for any transportation to be reimbursed under this program and only economy airfare is allowed. Applicants must not have received funds in this category within the past five years.

Short-term Research Travel to Japan

Grants of a maximum of $5,000 are available to American citizens and permanent US residents to cover travel expenses while conducting a specific project explicitly related to Japan which can be accomplished in the period of time requested. These grants are intended for short-term research trips by scholars who are already familiar with Japan and with their topic, but who need time in Japan in order to complete a distinct project. Justification for why research in Japan is required to do this research must be provided. NEAC research travel grant funding is NOT intended for partial funding of long-term research (i.e., the NEAC short-term research project must be temporally distinct), and these applications will not be considered. Only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and personal meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement. Passport/Visa application fees, insurance, book or equipment purchases, shipping expenses, gifts, research assistants, translation costs, photocopying expenses or supplies, and survey costs are not eligible for reimbursement. If your project involves interviewing human subjects, please see specific requirements in this regard in the NEAC grant application itself. Also, please note, NEAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects. Grantees are expected to seek supplementary funds from other sources and must include a detailed budget with their application. Grantees may utilize grant funds to partially offset airfare costs, but must provide justification why it is needed, e.g., that travel funds are not provided by the applicant’s home institution, etc. Note: In order to comply with the JUSFC requirement to only partially fund travel to/from Japan, international airfare reimbursement is limited to $1,400 or 75% of the international airfare cost—whichever is less. Grantees must use American carriers for any international transportation to be reimbursed under this program and only economy airfare is allowed. Grants are made only to people with a Ph.D. or comparable professional qualification. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible for this program. Applicants must not have received funds in this category within the past five years.

Seminars on Teaching about Japan

Grants normally will not exceed $5,000 and seminars must be held in the United States. Grant fund supported speakers or participants must be either U.S. citizens/permanent residents or Japanese nationals only. Any international travel must occur on United States carriers and be less than first-class accommodations to be supported. Projects should be designed to promote public and scholarly knowledge about Japan, including seminars and workshops designed to improve Japanese language teaching and pedagogy in Japanese studies. NEAC funds may be used for participant travel and room and board (not to exceed $200 a day), plus materials and administrative costs of organizers. Funds cannot be used for honoraria or substitute teacher stipends/costs, or to reimburse any expenditures incurred in currencies other than the US dollar. Applicants should explain the character and rationale of their proposed seminar, identify faculty participants and their proposed contributions, indicate how the results of the project will be made available to the profession, and prepare a detailed budget estimate demonstrating all expected sources of funding/revenue, expenses, and how precisely NEAC funds would be utilized. Applications for projects not recently funded by NEAC will be given priority.

Small Scholarly Conferences on Japanese Studies

NEAC will accept applications for supplemental funding from scholars organizing (not attending or participating in) workshops and small conferences in the field of Japanese studies to be held in the United States (however, an exception may be made if the host institution is a U.S. non-profit organization and the event is relevant to the U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship). Grant fund supported speakers or participants must be either U.S. citizens/permanent residents or Japanese nationals only. These small scholarly conferences/seminars often serve to bring together scholars from diverse regions of the United States to share knowledge on issues at the cutting edge of the field. Funds will be limited to a maximum of $5,000, and may be used to help defray the costs of hosting and organizing such events. Typical uses might include: materials and administrative costs, participant travel and lodging (not to exceed $200 per day), and space rental. Any international travel must occur on United States carriers and be less than first-class accommodations to be supported. To encourage efficient use of monies, priority will be given to applicants who have successfully obtained matching funds from their home institutions or other sources. Applicants must furnish detailed budgets showing travel expenses and daily costs and how precisely NEAC funds would be utlizied, along with names and vitae of key personnel involved in organizing the conference. Applications for projects not recently funded by NEAC will be given priority.

Application Process
All grant applicants must submit their application BY E-MAIL on a NEAC grant application form (choose the “Save File” option to save this Word document to your own computer to fill out and attach to your email application). Grant application materials must be submitted by email attachment as one continuous Word document file in the following order: (1) the grant application; (2) project statement; (3) budget; (4) CV(s); and, if applicable (5) any other additional information to: grants@asian-studies.org. Your application must include your name in the e-mail subject line. Grant applications must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on FEBRUARY 1 for the spring/summer awards and OCTOBER 1 for the fall/winter awards. Since current AAS membership is required for your grant application, please be sure to take care of this before the grant application deadline, especially when a deadline falls on the weekend. Advisor recommendation letters for eligible graduate student applicants must be sent as an email attachment in PDF format on university letterhead directly by the advisor to the same grants@asian-studies.org email address and also to arrive by no later than the above stated application deadlines. Please note the student applicant name in the advisor recommendation letter file attachment and e-mail subject line.

To facilitate the review and notification process, all travel and/or conference projects must begin AFTER the relevant grant cycle, i.e., after December 1 for the fall submission date, and after May 1 for the spring deadline. All projects must be completed within one year of award. Submission of a NEAC grant report and all applicable forms is required within 30-60 days of project/research travel completion depending on the category of grant award. Notification of awards will be made in late November for the fall/winter awards and late April for the spring/summer awards.

NOTE: AAS grants take the form of reimbursement rather than payment in advance, and only after project completion and grant report/form submission. Original receipts need to be retained and reimbursement is only for eligible expenses incurred up to the amount of the grant awarded.

NOTE ABOUT INDIRECT COSTS: The AAS is unable to support funding requests for indirect costs from applicants to its small grant programs. The AAS is a membership organization rather than a funding agency, and conducts its grant programs as a service to the field through the voluntary help of its members. Funds for all grant programs originate from outside agencies, and individual awards are quite modest. We therefore ask applicants’ home institutions to waive their normal indirect cost requirements.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Teresa Spence at grants@asian-studies.org.

Please see the AAS website for further details and application forms and instructions:

http://www.asian-studies.org/Grants-and-Awards/NEAC-Japan
http://www.asian-studies.org/Grants-and-Awards/DSB

College Women’s Association of Japan http://www.cwaj.org/Scholarship

Graduate Scholarship for Non-Japanese Women to Study in Japan

Underscoring its long-term commitment to education and fostering U.S.-Japan relations, Morgan Stanley, which has had a presence in Japan for almost 50 years, is proud to support the US-Japan Bridging Foundation’s Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan.

Morgan Stanley awarded two scholarships to US students for study in Japan during the academic year 2017-2018: Paul Shergill, from California State University, Sacramento, and Ellie Tsuchiya, from Georgia Institute of Technology. Both are studying at Waseda University in Tokyo.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, Morgan Stanley will again offer scholarships to two US undergraduates. Eligible students include students at US universities (citizens or permanent residents) who have an interest in economics and international finance and who have been accepted for study in Japan for the academic year. Winners of the Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships are awarded scholarships of $7,500 to help finance their studies.

Co-sponsors of the scholarships are the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, which will coordinate the collection of applications and the initial selection process. The final selection of scholarship recipients is made by Morgan Stanley management in Tokyo.

The application deadline for applying for the Morgan Stanley Japan 2018-2019 scholarships is May 2, 2018.

CWAJ Scholarship Programs promote women’s leadership since 1949. We support higher education for the visually impaired.

The pursuit of scholarship, the nurturing of leadership, a deep commitment to the community both local and global: these are some of the principles that are at the core of the CWAJ Scholarship program. Established in 1949 as a travel grant program to assist students who had already been invited to study at universities abroad but lacked the means to get there, CWAJ has awarded scholarships annually since 1972. The number of awards top 800, with scholars coming from more than 40 countries, in fields as diverse as medicine and music, art and architecture, international and public affairs, criminology, forest and nature conservation, and the list goes on.

You will find more information about CWAJ and its support to the community in 2018 in the CWAJ Annual Report (English) and in the About Us section.

Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation http://www.jlsf-aurora.org/eng/page/mission“The primary goal of the foundation is to assist U.S. citizens, who are Japanese language teachers or graduate students of Japanese language education, to experience living in Japan and further their understanding of the Japanese language, improve their teaching abilities, and enrich their appreciation of Japanese culture through scholarships.

JLSF SCHOLARSHIPS:

The primary goal of the scholarships are to assist United States citizens, who are Japanese language teachers or graduate students of Japanese language education, to experience living in Japan and further their understanding of the Japanese language, improve their teaching abilities, and enrich their appreciation of Japanese culture. All their future students will share in the benefits realized from these scholarships.

Japanese Language Scholarship
JLSF was established in 1998 (and its guidelines revised in 2013) to encourage teachers of the Japanese language and students in Japanese language studies in their educational and/or professional development as well as to promote cultural exchanges.

These awards will enable the awardees to carry out a project of their choice in Japan. Each awardee will receive a $5,000 scholarship, which can be used to carry out the project, including a roundtrip air ticket between the USA and Japan (coach class).

The project can be anything that would enhance the quality of the awardee’s educational goal. Applicants are encouraged to propose any projects they would like to carry out but are currently unable to because of the lack of funding. Types of projects awardees may choose are unlimited!

For example, projects may include:

• Studying Japanese at an existing program, such as the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute and the Hokkaido International Foundation

• Traveling around the country to gather authentic materials for teaching purposes, Including taking photographs and making films;

• Visiting a school(s) in Japan to learn more about their education system;

• Volunteering at Japanese non-profit organizations to learn differences and similarities in how different cultures operate in a working environment; or,

• Experiencing Japanese New Year’s with a host family and write up the experience on a web page.

After their Japan trip, scholarship awardees will be required to submit reports to the JLSF about their experiences in Japan.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Non-native Japanese speaker AND one of the following;

In-Service Japanese language teacher in any school level;

OR

Graduate student studying Japanese language education who is committed to working in Japanese language and / or Japanese language/culture-related studies;

OR

Pre-service Japanese language teacher currently studying to obtain a teaching credential for teaching Japanese.

• Must be available for an oral interview in person or by phone.

• Must write and submit a report on the project accomplished in Japan

• Must be able to attend the award ceremony to be held in fall of 2018, Los Angeles (date to be announced.Limited travel expenses and accommodations may be covered by JLSF as needed.)

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

• Completed application form (Please use Firefox or Internet Explorer)

• Current resume/biography

• Official college transcript sent directly from the college to the JLSF

• Photograph of applicant (optional)

• Two letters of reference

• A typed letter no longer than 3 pages on 8-1/2″ x 11″ (double-spaced, font size10pt or 12pt) that describes the potential scholarship recipient and proposed project.The letter should include the applicant’s background, goals, current activities, commitment to Japanese language education and Japan studies related to language, a detailed description of their proposed activity in Japan, and a proposed budget (excluding airfare between the U.S. and Japan).

Applicants should be able to justify their field in Japan Studies related to language.

For instance, applicants can be students in Japanese literature focusing on language studies, sociology studying language education, or history studying Japanese for their research.

DEADLINE AND SUBMISSION

All applications must be mailed on or before February 28, 2018

by Email: send all required materials as attachments to scholarship@jlsf-aurora.org
Subject line: JLSF Scholarship Application Submission

PDF, JPG, DOC files preferred.

or

by mail:

JLSF Scholarship Application

3127 Nichols Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

JUDGING CRITERIA

Applications will be judged by the JLSF selection committee and the JLSF Board of Directors, according to the following criteria:

• long-term commitment to Japanese language education and/or Japan studies related to language education,

• teaching experience and training background, i.e. methodology courses, workshops, seminars, and conference participation

• usefulness and appropriateness of the project

• design and feasibility of the project within the budget

• concrete and realistic applicability of the project results to future educational and professional activity.

Up to two winners will be selected, depending on application volume and quality, Selection will be announced by March 30, 2018.

Entries, including photographs, will not be critiqued or returned. From the time of submission, all entries become properties of the JLSF.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/

Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan) https://www.jasso.go.jp/en/study_j/scholarships/brochure.html

 

Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan https://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/morgan-stanley

Underscoring its long-term commitment to education and fostering U.S.-Japan relations, Morgan Stanley, which has had a presence in Japan for more than 40 years, is proud to support the US-Japan Bridging Foundation’s Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan.

Eligible students include students at US universities who have an interest in economics and international finance and who have been accepted for study in Japan for the academic year. Winners of the Morgan Stanley Japan Scholarships are awarded scholarships of $7,500 to help finance their studies.

Co-sponsors of the scholarships are the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, which will coordinate the collection of applications and the initial selection process. The final selection of scholarship recipients is made by Morgan Stanley management in Tokyo.

The application deadline for applying for the Morgan Stanley Japan 2018-2019 scholarships is May 2, 2018.

Application information can be found at https://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/japan-bridging-scholarships.

United States-Japan Foundation http://us-jf.org/programs/grants/

The United States-Japan Foundation offers grants in the areas of Pre-College Education, Communication/Public Opinion, US-Japan Policy Studies and operates the United States-Japan Leadership Program. Details and application procedures and deadlines can be found at http://us-jf.org/programs/grants/

 

KOREA:

Association of Asian Studies

The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (NEAC), in conjunction with the Korea Foundation, offers a grant program in Korean studies designed to assist the research of individual scholars based in North America to improve the quality of teaching about Korea on both the college and precollege levels, and to integrate the study of Korea into the major academic disciplines.

Applicants must be current AAS members
Only one Korea grant application per individual will be accepted in any one grant period. Multiple applications for different categories will not be entertained.
Graduate student applicants in any grant category (where eligible) must provide an advisor recommendation letter—sent directly to the AAS by the advisor—in order to be considered for grant funding.
While we strongly suggest that applicants apply to other internal or external grants to help supplement their NEAC-funded projects, please be advised that multiple grants cannot pay for the same project expense items.
Grants are available in the following categories:

Research Travel – North America

Awards of up to $1,500, including a maximum of $200 for daily expenses, are available to scholars who are based in North America and are engaged in research on Korea and wish to use museum, library, or other archival materials located in the United States and Canada. Only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and personal meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement. Passport/Visa application fees, insurance, book or equipment purchases, shipping expenses, gifts, research assistants, translation costs, photocopying expenses or supplies, and survey costs are not eligible for reimbursement. If your project involves interviewing human subjects, please see specific requirements in this regard in the NEAC grant application itself. Also, please note, NEAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects. NEAC grant funds are NOT intended for primary and/or initial dissertation research fieldwork. Pre-doctoral research will only be considered to FINALIZE a project. A letter of recommendation from an advisor is required for pre-doctoral research. Only economy airfare is allowed. Applications for this grant category will only be accepted in the fall grant cycle and must be received in the AAS office by OCTOBER 1. Applicants must not have received funding in this category within the past five years.

Short-term Research Travel Outside North America

Awards of up to $5,000 are available for North American-based scholars to cover travel expenses on trips to Korea or other sites outside North America for projects explicitly related to Korean studies that can be accomplished in a relatively short period. Justification for why research outside North America/in Korea is required to do this research must be provided. Only airfare, ground transportation (train, airport shuttle, bus, subway, etc.), lodging, and personal meal expenses are eligible for reimbursement. Passport/Visa application fees, insurance, book or equipment purchases, shipping expenses, gifts, research assistants, translation costs, photocopying expenses or supplies, and survey costs are not eligible for reimbursement. If your project involves interviewing human subjects, please see specific requirements in this regard in the NEAC grant application itself. Also, please note, NEAC grant funds cannot be used to pay for human subjects. These grants are intended for use by scholars who are already familiar with Korea and with their topic, but who need time outside North America in order to complete their work. NEAC grant funds are NOT intended for primary and/or initial dissertation research fieldwork. Pre-doctoral research will only be considered to FINALIZE a project. NEAC research travel grant funding is also NOT intended for partial funding of long-term research, and these applications will not be considered. A letter from an advisor is required for pre-doctoral applicants and should be sent directly to the AAS Secretariat by the application deadline. Only economy airfare is allowed. Applicants must not have received funding in this category within the past five years.

Workshops and Conferences

Partial support, generally up to $5,000, for organizing conferences on Korea and held in North America, including support for planning meetings for larger conferences funded from other sources. Applicants must furnish detailed budgets showing travel expenses and daily costs and how precisely NEAC funds would be utilized, along with names and curriculum vitae of key personnel.

Application Process

All grant applicants must submit their application BY E-MAIL on a NEAC grant application form (choose the “Save File” option to save this Word document to your own computer to fill out and attach to your email application). Grant application materials must be submitted by email attachment as one continuous Word document file in the following order: (1) the grant application; (2) project statement; (3) budget; (4) CV(s); and, if applicable (5) any other additional information to: grants@asian-studies.org. Your application must include your name in the e-mail subject line. Grant applications must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on FEBRUARY 1 for the spring/summer awards and OCTOBER 1 for the fall/winter awards. Since current AAS membership is required for your grant application, please be sure to take care of this before the grant application deadline, especially when a deadline falls on the weekend. Advisor recommendation letters for eligible graduate student applicants must be sent as an email attachment in PDF format on university letterhead directly by the advisor to the same grants@asian-studies.org email address and also to arrive by no later than the above stated application deadlines. Please note the student applicant name in the advisor recommendation letter file attachment and e-mail subject line.

To facilitate the review and notification process, all travel and/or conference projects must begin AFTER the relevant grant cycle, i.e., after December 1 for the fall submission date, and May 1 for the spring deadline. All projects must be completed within one year of award. Submission of a NEAC grant report and all applicable forms is required within 30-60 days of project/research travel completion depending on the category of grant award. Notification of awards will be made in late November for the fall/winter awards and late April for the spring/summer awards.

NOTE: AAS grants take the form of reimbursement rather than payment in advance, and only after project completion and grant report/form submission. Original receipts need to be retained and reimbursement is only for eligible expenses incurred up to the amount of the grant awarded.

NOTE ABOUT INDIRECT COSTS: The AAS is unable to support funding requests for indirect costs from applicants to its small grant programs. The AAS is a membership organization rather than a funding agency, and conducts its grant programs as a service to the field through the voluntary help of its members. Funds for all grant programs originate from outside agencies, and individual awards are quite modest. We therefore ask applicants’ home institutions to waive their normal indirect cost requirements.

Questions?

Please contact Teresa Spence at grants@asian-studies.org.

Please see the AAS website for further details and application forms and instructions:

http://www.asian-studies.org/Grants-and-Awards/NEAC-Korea
http://www.asian-studies.org/Grants-and-Awards/DSB

TAIWAN:

Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan) Short Term Research Award

 http://www.tw.org/stra/

On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (TAIWAN), we are pleased to announce that the SHORT TERM RESEARCH AWARD (STRA) PROGRAM is now accepting application for the year of 2017.

The newly established STRA program will allow International Ph.D. candidates with ABD status (All But Dissertation) or Post Doctoral fellows to undertake short term 2 to 6 months research in Taiwan, aiming to augment academic research of Taiwanese culture and society while promoting mutual appreciation between Taiwan and the international community. They can have better understanding of Taiwan culture and society and help promote bilateral academic exchange in the future.

Candidates that intend to apply for such program for the period of March 1st to December 31st, 2018 can do so now by submitting applications before September 30th of 2017, directly to universities in Taiwan or Ministry of Education (MOE) affiliated research institutes, such as the Center for Chinese Studies and the National Academy for the Educational Research Preparatory Office. Final selection results will be announced and notified by the Ministry of Education before January 31st of 2018.

Grants:

NTD 25,000/Month for doctoral students

NTD 40,000/Month for post-doctoral researchers

Round-trip flight tickets

Contact: host university to submit to Ministry of Education in Taiwan

For more details regarding eligibility, selection procedure, benefits, etc., please refer to the program introduction. Program introduction, application form as well as a list of possible research institutions in Taiwan prepared by my office, can be accessed by clicking the following links:

Program Guidelines (in Chinese only)

Application Forms

List of possible research institutions (for reference)

For more details regarding eligibility, selection procedure, benefits, etc., please refer to the program introduction. Program introduction, application form as well as a list of possible research institutions in Taiwan can be accessed through the following links:

Program Guidelines  (in Chinese only)

Application Forms 

List of possible research institutions (for reference)

 

MOFA Taiwan Scholarships (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China/Taiwan)

http://www.mofa.gov.tw/en/cp.aspx?n=A5C28AD214C3FD7C

The MOFA Taiwan Scholarship, launched in 2004, continues to encourage outstanding students to pursue academic degrees in Taiwan and to deepen their understanding of Taiwan’s academic environment, thereby enhancing exchanges and building friendships between Taiwan and their home nations.

The MOFA Taiwan Scholarship is, in principle, granted to students from countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, special consideration may also be given to students from other countries.

I. Programs
The non-degree Mandarin Language Enrichment Program (LEP): Recipients may take the LEP for a maximum of one year at Mandarin-teaching institutions (hereinafter “Mandarin Training Centers”) affiliated with a university or college accredited by the Ministry of Education.
Degree programs: Recipients may apply for admission to any degree program leading to an undergraduate, master or doctoral degree, excluding in-service programs.

II. The award period
Non-degree LEP: one year.
Degree programs:
(1) Undergraduate program: four years maximum

(2) Master’s program: two years maximum

(3) Doctoral program: four years maximum

III. Financial Assistance
Scholarship recipients will be given a monthly stipend of NT$25,000 for the LEP and NT$30,000 for degree programs. Recipients are responsible for all expenses during their stay in Taiwan. MOFA will not provide any other subsidies. MOFA will, however, provide recipients with one-way, economy-class plane tickets for direct flights to and from Taiwan.

IV. Eligibility
Is a high school graduate or above with an excellent academic record, of good moral character and has no criminal record.
Is not a national of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Is not an overseas compatriot student.
Has never attended an educational institution in Taiwan at the same level of degree or LEP that he/she intends to apply for.
Is not an exchange student through any cooperation agreement between a foreign university/college and an educational institute in Taiwan while receiving the Scholarship.
Has not previously had a Scholarship revoked by an ROC government agency or other relevant institution.

V. Application period
from February 1 to March 31
For more information, please visit the Taiwan Scholarships and Huayu Enrichment Scholarships website.

Contact person: Ms. Xian-Xi (Joy) Lai
Tel: +886-2-2236-8225 ext.4212
Fax: +886-2-2236-8593
Email: joylai@mail.shu.edu.tw

MONGOLIA:

American Center for Mongolian Studies Fellowships

https://www.mongoliacenter.org/fellowships/

Since its founding, the ACMS has provided more than $2.4 million in support of Mongolian Studies programs, including field research and academic exchange fellowships to more than 100 scholars from Mongolia and other countries.

Field Research Fellowships – short-term field research projects in Mongolia by students, university and college faculty and other researchers

Library Fellowships – for advanced US graduate students, faculty members, or professionals in library and information sciences from colleges and universities to conduct short-term library development projects and/or research in Mongolia

Cultural Heritage Fellowships – supports academic research projects that will contribute to the documentation and preservation of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Inner Asia, with a focus on the people and geographic area that is now in the nation of Mongolia

Language Fellowships – stipends of up to $2000 to cover the cost of tuition for our summer Mongolian Language Program

Internship Program – for students to gain greater understanding of Mongolia while at the same time contributing to the collective knowledge of the scholarly community

Fulbright Assistance – we act as the local resource center for Fulbright Fellows, Senior Scholars, and Visiting Faculty Members.

Study in Mongolia – other recommended programs for study and language learning in Mongolia

INDONESIA:

United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) Grants and Fellowships

http://www.usindo.org/grants-fellowships

USINDO offers various grants and fellowships to American and Indonesian students, academics, and professionals interested in U.S.-Indonesian relations.

Summer Studies Program

Since 1996, USINDO’s annual ten-week program of intensive language and cultural immersion in Indonesia has benefited close to 300 U.S. undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students.

Sumitro Fellows Program

The Sumitro Fellows program honors Dr. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, Indonesia’s senior economist and advisor to USINDO. One Fellowship is available for United States citizens/permanent resident for research relating to the political economy of Indonesia. The other is for an Indonesian citizen with a project related to the Indonesian-United States relationship.

Travel Grants

USINDO awards grants of up to $2,000 to fund travel to Indonesia or to the United States. These grants are awarded to promote academic and professional exchanges between the two countries.

Edward E. Masters Fellows Program

For over 5 years, the program funds the graduate education and manages the placement of select officials from the Indonesian government at leading U.S. universities.

Legislative Partnership Program

USINDO, in cooperation with The U.S House of Foreign Affairs Committee and the DPR Foreign Affairs Committee and the Indonesian Parliament, sends Indonesian parliamentary staffs to Washington, D.C. to learn about legislative process, their substantive areas of jurisdiction and how they are handled in the U.S., and participate in internship programs.

YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

The YSEALI is President Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in ASEAN, deepen engagement with young leaders on key regional and global challenges, and strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and young Southeast Asian leaders.

American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) Exchange Program

Since 2008, USINDO has been an in-country program partner to ACYPL exchange programs to cultivate closer ties, build networks, and generate valuable knowledge for young American and Indonesian political leaders.

INDIA:

American Institute for Indian Studies (AIIS)

Research Fellowship Programs

http://www.indiastudies.org/research-fellowship-programs/

The American Institute of Indian Studies provides funding to pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India. Junior Fellowships are for graduate students conducting research for their doctoral dissertations in India. Senior Long– and Short-term Fellowships are for those holding the PhD degree. Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the arts to conduct their projects in India.

The AIIS fellowship competition is not restricted to those from its member institutions. Non-U.S. citizens may apply as long as they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at colleges and universities in the United States. Approximately 35 fellowships are awarded each year.

Applications from scholars who are part of a collaborative project involving other scholars are welcome, though AIIS fellowships are granted to individuals, not to teams. Amounts awarded to successful applicants who are members of group projects will be equivalent to fellowships awarded to scholars who submitted applications for individual projects.

BANGLADESH:

American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) Fellowships

http://www.aibs.net/?q=Fellowships

Fellowship competitions include Senior, Junior, and pre-dissertation grants

SRI LANKA:

American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS) Fellowship Program http://www.aisls.org/grants/aisls-fellowship-program/

AISLS fellowships support two to nine months of research in Sri Lanka by US citizens who already hold a PhD or the equivalent at the time they begin their fellowship tenure. Both scholars with little or no experience in Sri Lanka as well as specialists are encouraged to apply. A list of previous fellows is available. This program is funded by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US State Department.