Asian Studies

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



National Smart Grant (revolving)

The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant, also known
as the National Smart Grant is available during the third and fourth years of
undergraduate study to full-time students who are eligible for the Federal Pell
Grant and who are majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics,
technology, or engineering or in a foreign language determined critical to national
security. The student must also have maintained a cumulative grade point average
(GPA) of at least 3.0 in coursework required for the major. The National SMART
Grant award is in addition to the student’s Pell Grant award.


Gilman International Scholarship Program

820 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S.
citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on
the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Undergraduate
students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges
or universities are eligible to apply.

Students who apply for and receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are
now eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement
from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. 25 Critical
Need Language Supplements will be offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients during
the 2007-2008 academic year.


Blakemore Foundation

Eligible Languages`
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for study of the principal modern
languages of East and Southeast Asia such as:


Chinese Japanese Korean
Vietnamese Indonesian Khmer
Malaysian Tibetan Thai

Consideration will be given to other East or Southeast Asian languages on an
individual basis. Grants will not be made for the study of Asian languages not
in current use.


Eligibility Requirements


To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:

  • Be pursuing an academic, professional or business career that involves the
    regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language
  • Have a college undergraduate degree
  • Be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined below
  • Be able to devote oneself exclusively to language study during the term of the grant; grants are not made for part-time study
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States

“Professional or business career” includes, but is not limited to,
careers in computer science, engineering, international business, journalism,
law, medicine, NGO work, and teaching.

Please refer to our FAQ
page for other answers to common questions about eligibility.

Defininiton of Advanced Level

An applicant for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship must have:


  • A minimum of three academic years of regular language study at the college
    level (example: completed 3rd year Chinese); or
  • A minimum of one academic year of full-time intensive language study at the college-level; or
  • Provide proof of equivalent competency (click here for language evaluation
  • form that can be used to satisfy this requirement)


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


Fulbright Scholar Program 

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

This one-year award is for students in the humanities, professional schools,
and social sciences who need to acquire a high level of competency in a modern
foreign language for their field. You must show potential for high achievement
and plan to enroll in a language and an area studies course of the award. Students
applying to master’s or doctoral programs are eligible. To be considered,
U.S. citizens and permanent residents must complete the appropriate fellowship
sections of the Graduate Application for Admission and Fellowships and submit
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 3, 2008, deadline.