Asian Studies

Selected Scholarships and Sources of Funding for Study Abroad, Language Study

Gilman International Scholarship Program

2,900 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S.
citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. In addition, students who are studying a “Critical Need” language while abroad can apply for a supplemental award of up to $3,000.

Critical Need languages include:

Arabic Indonesian Russian
Azerbaijani Japanese Swahili
Bangla Korean Turkish
Chinese Persian Urdu
Hindi Punjabi


Blakemore Foundation

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund an academic year of advanced language study abroad. To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:

  • Be pursuing an academic, professional, technical, or business career that involves the regular use of one of the below listed languages
  • By the start of the grant, have a college undergraduate degree
  • Be at or near an advanced level in the language: must have completed¬† the equivalent of the third year of language classes at the college level
  • Be able to devote oneself exclusively to 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

Eligible languages include:

Burmese Korean
Chinese Japanese
Indonesian Thai
Khmer Vietnamese


Critical Language Scholarship

Critical Language Scholarships allow U.S. citizen undergraduates and graduates to spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of fourteen critical languages.

Eligible languages include:

No previous study required One year of previous study required Two years of previous study required
Azerbaijani Arabic Chinese
Bangla Persian Japanese
Hindi Russian


Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide funding for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Maximum scholarship awards are:

  • $8,000 for a summer program (STEM students only)
  • $10,000 for one semester
  • $20,000 for 6-12 months

Both Chinese and Japanese are listed as preferred languages for study. For a complete list of countries and languages, visit their website: