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.

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

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
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

Institute of International Education IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding
Currently lists some 200 funding opportunities for study and research in Asia.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships and Prizes
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.


Selected Asia-related Funding Opportunities:

Asian Cultural Council (ACC)

“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.

2017 Grant Guidelines

“Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of full-time, intensive language study at the advanced level in East or Southeast Asia in approved language programs. For grants to be awarded in spring 2017, study must start between June 2017 and May 2018. Grants are highly competitive. In recent years we have been 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.

Dates of Study and Deferral Policy: Study must start between June 2017 and May 2018, or as limited by the start dates of school terms at the language program involved. No deferrals of start dates will be permitted beyond May 2018.

David L. Boren Fellowships

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.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. The CLS Program provides overseas foreign language instruction and cultural immersion experiences in 14 critical need languages for American undergraduate and graduate students. The program is pleased to announce the addition of Swahili as a new language option for the Summer 2016 application at the Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.

Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future academic and professional careers. For more information, visit

Freeman Awards for Study in 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)

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:

  • Grant (up to $30,000) 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.
  • Award to support a U.S. student who attends a summer program offered by UTokyo or its affiliated institution. For more information, click here.
  • Award to support U.S. student who conducts research (e.g., summer internship) at UTokyo or its affiliated institution. For more information, click here.
  • Award to support a UTokyo student who attends a summer program offered by a reputable U.S. institution. For more information, click here.
  • Award to support a UTokyo student who conducts research at a U.S. institution (e.g., summer internship). For more information, click here.

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

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.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. 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.

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
“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 in 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 science fields 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
  • provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates 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 aims to select representatives from different fields of the humanities and related social sciences consistent with quality 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 and funds awarded (not all dissertation work need necessarily be done within the fellowship period).

The committee will give preference to sound non-traditional projects in all eligible fields such as those 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, or political affiliation.”

For questions regarding this program, please contact us by e-mail at Information for applicants

Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies

The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies website has now been updated with current information regarding the 2017/2018 academic year grant cycle. Attached is an official announcement of this year’s grants for posting.
The Metropolitan Center now invites applications to four program areas: Doctoral, Individual, Institutional, and Library. Details of each program are available at the Center’s website at:

Applications for the 2017-2018 grant program will be accepted until the December 31, 2016 deadline. Please visit the website for additional information and to download application forms for all grant programs.


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


Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

China and Inner Asia Small Grants Program
The AAS/CIAC has funds to support small grants for members working on China, Taiwan, or Inner Asia. The CIAC Small Grants program is supported by generous funding by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, as well as from independent donations from AAS members that are currently in the process of being solicited (please see the following AAS webpage, bottom, to donate: We are typically able to award approximately 20 – 25 CIAC Small Grants annually (and we are hoping we can garner as much in donations as we did last year to enable this number of awards).

Qualified individuals can apply for small grants up to $2,000 in a number of categories including: research travel, curriculum development, specialist or regional newsletters, conference and seminar organization, website development, translations, collaborative projects, etc. Travel to conferences and book subventions are explicitly excluded, unfortunately.

Dissertation-level graduate students and scholars whose research concerns China, Taiwan or Inner Asia are invited to submit proposals. Applicants must be current AAS members, but there are no citizenship requirements. Junior and independent scholars, adjunct faculty, lecturers, librarians, and dissertation-level graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must not have received a CIAC Small Grant within the past three years.

The grant deadline for receiving applications (via email attachment submitted in the specific form indicated to: is Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST. Award notification will be made by mid-April 2017 and qualifying projects must begin after May 1, 2017 and be completed and all forms submitted by April 30, 2018 to be considered.

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

China Scholarship Council
Study in China

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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

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.


  •  Students must be admitted to the Columbia 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

Grants in Modern Chinese History or Archaeology from the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation

The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation is pleased to announce its second annual competition for small grants of up to $5,000 to support projects in modern Chinese economic, social, and political history or archaeology.

Grants will support travel to China for research or field work.   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  The deadline for applications is January 3, 2017.

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.

Detailed application procedures and eligibility guidelines can be found at  The deadline for applications is January 3, 2018.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies in it’s fifth 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.

IIE Confucius China Studies Program

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

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

The BU Office of Fellowships and Scholarships welcomes the Schwarzman Scholars program to campus for an information session on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. BU celebrated its first Schwarzman Scholar this past fall, and we’re encouraging more students to consider this incredible opportunity in the upcoming application cycle. Students from all academic disciplines and career paths are eligible.

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.


Association of Asian Studies

The AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) offers Japan Studies grants as a result of generous funding from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, but the grant deadline is fast approaching.

Grants are available in the following categories: United States or Japan research travel; Japan conference/seminar/workshop organization; invitation of Japan distinguished speakers (see the links below for details).

The grant deadline for receiving applications is Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST. Award notification will be made by late April 2017. Projects must begin after May 1, 2017 and be completed by April 30, 2018 to be considered.

Please note:

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. Grant fund supported speakers or participants must be either U.S. citizens/permanent residents or Japanese nationals only.
For the United States and Japan research travel categories only, applicants must be current AAS members at the time of application. Reapplication restrictions apply for these research travel grants.
Please see the AAS website for further details and application forms and instructions:

College Women’s Association of Japan

Graduate Scholarship for Non-Japanese Women to Study in Japan

The College Women’s Association of Japan (CWAJ) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization of Japanese and non-Japanese women interested in education, cross-cultural exchange, and friendship. Offering opportunities for women from all over the world to share unique cultural experiences with their Japanese peers, CWAJ provides a long-term link with Japan as well as the immediate benefits of a wide range of activities in and around Tokyo.You will find more information about CWAJ and its support to the community in 2015 in the CWAJ Annual Report (English) and in the About Us section.Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation“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.


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.”

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)

Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan)

Morgan Stanley Scholarships for 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 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.

Application information can be found at

United States-Japan Foundation

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.



Association of Asian Studies

The Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) offers Korean Studies grants as a result of generous funding from the Korea Foundation, but the grant deadline is fast approaching.

Grants are available in the following categories: Korea/Outside North America research travel; North America research travel; Korea conference/seminar/workshop organization; invitation of a Korea distinguished speaker (see the links below for details).

The grant deadline for receiving applications is Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST. Award notification will be made by late April 2017. Projects must begin after May 1, 2017 and be completed by September 30, 2017 to be considered. This is the closing year of our current grant with the Korea Foundation and no extensions can be offered.

Please note: for the North America and Korea/Outside North America research travel categories only, applicants must be current AAS members at the time of application. Reapplication restrictions apply for these research travel grants.

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


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

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, 2017 can do so now by submitting applications before September 30th of 2016, 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 2017.


NTD25,000/Month for doctoral students

NTD40,000/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 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)
The Taiwan Scholarship program is a joint initiative launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the National Science Council (NSC) in 2004.At the Republic of China’s centennial in 2011, the Taiwan Scholarship program evolved into the MOFA Taiwan Scholarship program and the MOE Taiwan Scholarship program in order to cater to students of varying backgrounds.

The MOFA Taiwan Scholarship 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. Miscellaneous
For more information, please visit the Taiwan Scholarships and Huayu Enrichment Scholarships website at
The MOE Taiwan Scholarship Program website:
Contact person: Ms. Trinity Lu
Tel: +886-2-2236-8225 ext.4210 or 4211      Fax: +886-2-2236-8593

VI. Application period from February 1 to April 30


American Center for Mongolian Studies 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


United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) Grants and 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.


American Institute for Indian Studies (AIIS)

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.


American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) Fellowships

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


American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (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.