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


Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright Study/Research Awards allow U.S. citizens to design their own projects and work with advisers at foreign universities and institutes of higher education. Fulbright awards are available in approximately 140 countries; each has its own program requirements, so an applicant’s first step is to familiarize themself with the program summary for the desired country.

Fulbright Study/Research Awards in China

Fulbright Study/Research Awards in Japan