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vietnamfields Unless otherwise noted, CSEAS scholarships and fellowships have been consolidated on the UH Star System at Click “Scholarships” and use the advanced search to look for the scholarships/fellowships listed below. After you have located the scholarship/fellowship, click on “Apply” and you will be directed to the application form and extended award requirements. Please follow all directions to insure a proper application has been submitted and the deadline for each application has been met.

Southeast Asia Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

Fellowship Overview | Online ApplicationReference Form | FAFSA Form

The application period for 2019-2020 is closed. Applications for 2020-2021 will open in November 2019.


Recipients must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and studying an eligible Southeast Asian language (Cambodian (Khmer), Tagalog, Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese) during the award period. Recipients must have completed a minimum of a year of Southeast Asian language study. Both undergraduate and graduate students must be enrolled in a 2nd year or higher language course during the FLAS application period. Academic year fellowship recipients at both undergrad and grad levels must take at least one language course and a matching area studies course each semester, and Summer fellowship recipients must enroll in an approved formal intensive language training program with 120 hours of instruction at the advanced level, or 140 hours of instruction at lower levels, for a period of 6 weeks or longer. Summer recipients are encouraged to enroll in the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Questions should be addressed to School of Pacific & Asian Studies Fellowships Coordinator, Dr. Chizuko Allen, at 956-2210 or

Hawaiʻi/Wisconsin Luce Fellowships for Research in Southeast Asia

Fellowship Overview | Current & Past Recipients

lucefoundationThe Henry Luce Foundation has provided funding to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop the following three fellowships for research and/or language study in Southeast Asia.
  • Hawaiʻi/Wisconsin Luce Undergraduate Southeast Asia Language Fellowships
  • Hawaiʻi/Wisconsin Luce Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Fellowships for Research in Southeast Asia
  • Hawaiʻi/Wisconsin Luce Graduate Field Study Fellowships for Research or Advanced Language Study in Southeast Asia

Starr Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Asian Studies


Contact person: Dr. Chizuko Allen, | Check with Dr. Allen for the Fall application deadline. The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation was established in 1955 to encourage private support for the University of Hawaiʻi. Today it is the central fundraising organization for the UH System, providing a range of professional fundraising services to all 10 UH campuses, in addition to managing more than 5,000 gift accounts for the benefit of the university and its students. This fund is to assist graduate students in Asian Studies w/field study expenses, summer language study, research or conference travel & general study expenses.

The Moscotti Fellowship for Graduate Studies of Southeast Asia

Average Award: Variescseas-uhm-combined Application period is November – January every academic year. See Moscotti page for exact deadlines. Apply on STAR To assist full-time, classified graduate students in a degree program at UHM in any department or program in the arts, humanities or social sciences whose area of focus is Southeast Asia. This fellowship may be used for any of the following purposes:
  • to attend a professional meeting at which the graduate student will present a scholarly paper or participate in the meeting as a discussant of a scholarly paper;
  • to provide travel expenses for Southeast Asia graduate students so that they can conduct research which will contribute to the preparation of a scholarly paper by the student or other appropriate research purposes.
Please note: Conference and other travel may be to locations in the United States only. It can also be used for library research etc., or for field research, but the award generally favors applicants who are presenting their work at a professional conference or workshop.

The John Fee Embree Endowed Scholarship

Average Award: Varies Application period is November – January every academic year. See Embree page for exact deadlines. Apply on STAR


The John Fee Embree Endowed Scholarship was established to honor the late Asia scholar, Professor John Fee Embree. Dr. Embree served as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii in 1937–41 and during World War II in 1943–45. He was also Associate Professor of Anthropology and head of the Japanese area studies of the Civil Affairs Training School for the Far East which the War Department set up at the University of Chicago for the training of military government officers for Japan and the Occupied Areas. He was Associate Professor of Sociology and Research Associate of Anthropology at Yale from 1948 to 1950 and, later in the year, was appointed the university’s Director of Southeast Asia Studies. The scholarship is earmarked to assist graduate students in anthropology or sociology who are concentrating their academic work on Southeast Asia related studies at UHM. Note: This scholarship was not available for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. It was available again for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. It was not available in 2017-18. It was available in 2018-19. It will be available in 2019-20.

PPSEAWA Hawaii Scholarship for Undergraduates UH-Mānoa students apply via the STAR Scholarship System | Check STAR for current statusstarfoundation

In 1928, in Honolulu, a group of women with international concerns, hoping to promote peace through understanding and friendship, convened to establish the Pan Pacific Women’s Association. In 1955, the name was changed to Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women’s Association (PPSEAWA) to more accurately reflect the organization’s expanding area of interest. Today, PPSEAWA – Hawaii is one of 22 chapters dedicated to improving the lives of women and children around the world, from Singapore to Samoa. The organization has Consultative Status in Category II to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and is represented at the UN in New York, and Geneva, and at ESCAP, UNICEP, and UNESCO. In furthering its educational objectives, PPSEAWA – Hawaii built a PPSEAWA – Hawaii Cambodia school in 2010, and continues to support it. The organization also provides ongoing support to the Susannah Wesley Community Center, a community-based program in Kaliha. PPSEAWA’s mission is to strengthen the bonds of peace by promoting better understanding and fostering friendship among all women of the Pacific and Southeast Asia; to initiate and promote cooperation among the women of these regions for the study and improvement of social, economic, and cultural conditions. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to lower division undergraduate students (freshman and sophomore standing with preference to freshman) who express and/or demonstrate an interest in Pacific Islands or Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawai?i at Manoa. The scholarships may also be given to students pursuing studies in the humanities. Funds may be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.).

PPSEAWA Hawaii Miriam Deisseroth Scholarship for Undergraduates UH-Mānoa students apply via the STAR Scholarship System | February 15, 2016


Miriam Deisseroth was special and unique and her life history speaks for itself—an educator, a mentor, a sympathetic and helpful neighbor, a leader and champion of women’s rights and higher education—the list is endless, but one quote from a Pan Pacific Southeast Asian Women’s Association (PPSEAWA) colleague stands out, as it describes not her outstanding career and accomplishments, but instead her unassuming quiet bearing: “The thing I remember clearest about Miriam is, she didn’t have a jealous or mean bone in her body – it was her kindness, her quiet smile, her gentle demeanor and the love in her expressive eyes – that I will always remember and miss.” Miriam and her husband Ron were early supporters of many causes and programs in the community like the East-West Center program. Miriam, a retired Castle High School English teacher, was born on November 11, 1908 in Nebraska. She died at the age of 95 at her home in Makiki, Honolulu. Reverend Edward Robinson lauded Miriam and her husband Ron for their long years of dedication and service to the church and community. He emphasized that Miriam, a deeply spiritual person, lived the precept that, “in order to spiritualize our lives – we must become quiet” – he also added, in part, that “Peace of Soul” was embodied in Miriam’s “spiritual understanding of life” and this was manifest in her concern for friends, neighbors and her beloved students. Through the many years of Miriam’s involvement in PPSEAWA, she championed and promoted the organization’s missions from “Sharing a Culture of Peace” to Lifelong Education and Training for Women” – just two of PPSEAWA’s International Conferences stated goals and objectives. She particularly articulated the year 2000 motto “Ignite the Power of Peace”, which was the underlying philosophy of the efforts to spread the international understanding and closer friendship between the women of all Asia and the Pacific countries. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to lower division undergraduate students (freshman and sophomore standing with preference to freshman) who express and/or demonstrate an interest in Pacific Islands or Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawai?i at Manoa. The scholarships may also be given to students pursuing studies in the humanities. Funds may be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.).

Luce Scholars Program at UH-Mānoa Deadline: Early to Mid-September | For More Information Contact Dr. Yano

The Luce Scholars Program has been inaugurated at UH Mānoa under the leadership of Dr. Christine Yano, Department of Anthropology as of Fall 2015. This nationally competitive fellowship program was launched by the Henry  Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among  potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15  to 18 Luce Scholars each year. Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually every field other than Asian  Studies, including but not limited to the arts, journalism, law, medicine, science, public health, environmental studies, business and international  relations. The program welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia. Applications must be made only through  participating institutions like UH Mānoa. To be eligible to apply you must be a U.S. citizen; must obtain a bachelor’s degree by July 2016; Should be younger than 30 years of age by July 2016; and should NOT have spent more than 12 weeks in the Asian country of placement  (no Asian Studies majors).

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The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides undergraduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with access to research opportunities. UROP offers research and presentation awards for student-initiated independent undergraduate research and creative endeavors at UH Mānoa. UROP is also a resource for UH students to connect with researchers worldwide. UROP encourages and funds student-initiated undergraduate research projects and creative works to continue UH Mānoa’s rich legacy of research-driven education and encourages applications from students whose research interests focus on Southeast Asia. Funding is available to exceptional UH Mānoa undergraduate students who propose original research or creative work to be mentored by UH Mānoa faculty. The purpose of research or creative work should be to add to the collective knowledge of society. Research and creative projects take many forms depending on the field of study. We encourage UH Mānoa students developing proposals to consider the various ways their discipline approaches research or creative work. Students who meet the application requirements are eligible to apply for one award per proposal cycle. There are two types of awards for each proposal cycle: Project Awards and Presentation Awards. Funds up to $5,000 per individual and $10,000 per group project are available at the discretion of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Council (UROC) based on proposal, application, and mentor form. Group proposals involve two or more undergraduate students working collaboratively toward a common goal or producing a presentation. UROP offers two application cycles wherein students may apply for funding for research or creative projects that will commence as early as the start of their next semester of enrollment. Deadline: Proposals are accepted from 9/9 until 10/10 each Fall, and from 2/2 until 3/3 each Spring. | Learn More

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There are a range of study abroad opportunities and programs open to students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Southeast Asia. For more information and applicable application deadlines see:

Hawai’i P-20 Early College High School Program Deadline: Rolling | More Information

The Early College High School Program (ECHS) is an initiative designed to allow more high school students to earn six or more college credits before they graduate from high school. The Early College High School Program is part of a cohesive effort to bring an early college high school model successful in other states, where students have the option of earning both an associate’s degree and a high school diploma by their high school graduation, to Hawai‘i. The purpose of these grants is to develop best practices for early college high schools such that more students graduate with college credits and better preparation for their future degree/career. Back to top

External Scholarships for Study at UHM

jsp-logo-210x140Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program Deadline: Early November Annually | More Information The Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) provides support for graduate (post-baccalaureate) studies in ADB-approved fields of study at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM), and for participation in the educational, residential, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center (EWC). The ADB-JSP was established to encourage and strengthen human resource development in ADB’s developing member countries. After completing their studies, scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and share their new knowledge and skills to promote socioeconomic development. To make certain you are eligible to apply for the ADB-JSP Scholarship please read carefully all of the ADB eligibility requirements, criteria for selection, and Frequently Asked Questions on the ADB website and the EWC website. EastWest-Center-logo-small East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship Deadline: Early November Annually | More Information The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides funding for up to 24 months for Master’s or Doctoral degree study for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. to participate in the educational, residential, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i. Through East-West Center affiliation, awardees become part of a growing network of students and alumni forging the shape and substance of the world’s most vibrant region. The Center and the University of Hawai‘i, located in a unique island setting with a distinctive multicultural heritage, offer premier resources for studies on Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship invites applications from:
  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Citizens of countries in the
    • Pacific: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna Islands.
    • Southeast Asia: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
    • South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
    • East Asia: China (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland, Taiwan), Japan, Republic of Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of, Mongolia, Russia.
East-West Center Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) Deadline: Apply September – March for following AY | More InformationEastWest-Center-logo-small The APLP is a nine-month program (early-August to early-May) with a minimum five-month residency requirement. During the first five months all participants are based at the East-West Center in Honolulu and live on campus. On completing the program, participants understand key trends which will affect the region in the future, what types of leadership these trends require, and how they fit within these shifting contexts as individuals and community leaders. Applications are accepted from students worldwide. The 35 – 40 participants selected each year have strong leadership experience or exhibit high leadership potential. All participants have at least a Bachelor’s degree and most have a Master’s degree. APLP participants have come from 53 countries and have tremendous range of backgrounds (as examples:  science, business, development, politics, government, civil society, medicine, religious orders, art, finance, academia or research). The age of participants ranges from mid 20s to mid 40s with an average of over 30.  Most have at least five years of professional experience. Program costs, based on 2014/15 budget, are approximately $12,745 not including airfare. Supplemental Scholarships are available but applications must apply early in the application cycle for best chance of receiving scholarship funding. EastWest-Center-logo-small East West Center Student Affiliate Program – For Housing in EWC Dormitories Deadline: Early April for Fall Semester or Early November for Spring Semester  | More Information The East-West Center Student Affiliate Program was established to expand opportunities for involvement in the programs of the East-West Center.  The East-West Center Student Affiliate Program gives externally funded (e.g., Fulbright Scholarship) or self-funded graduate students at the University Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) the opportunity to participate in the Center’s educational programs and leadership development opportunities, and to live in its international residence halls for a discounted rate for a furnished, single room. The Student Affiliate Program provides an opportunity for these individuals to interact on a daily basis with the Center’s degree fellows, scholars, and other participants from across the U.S. and more than 50 countries, and has proved for many to be instrumental in helping to establish lasting relations that extend into future careers or other endeavors. Founder Region Fellowship for Female PhD CandidatesFounders_Region Deadline: Mid-January | More Information The program recognizes the value of supporting highly motivated women who are engaged in academic research in field of important social value and where women are underrepresented. Competition is open to any outstanding graduate woman who is working toward a doctoral degree, preferably in the last year of study but permissibly during the last two years provided she has advanced to candidacy. Applicants must be enrolled must be enrolled in a graduate school within Founder Region; including the Northern California counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, the State of Hawaii, and the U. S. territories of Guam and The Marianas. Back to top

Other External Fellowships, Prizes & Awards

Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship Deadline: 30 June 2017 | More information The Lee Kong Chian (LKC) Research Fellowship aims to facilitate new research and publishing about Singapore and Southeast Asian culture, economy and heritage. This will enrich the Asia-centric collections and resources of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library of Singapore (NLS) and the National Archives of Singapore (NAS). We welcome talented scholars and researchers to use our resources and services, and to collaborate with us on joint research projects to create new knowledge. IIAS and IIAS/CEM-FMSH Fellowship in Asian Studies Deadline: 1 March and 1 October each year | More information IIAS invites outstanding scholars to apply for a fellowship at IIAS. Applicants may also apply for an extra two months of research at Le Collège d’études mondiales/Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (CEM-FMSH) in Paris, in the framework of the joint IIAS/CEM-FMSH fellowship. The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation 2017-18 Deadline: November 15, 2017 Fellowship and Grant Competitions in Buddhist Studies The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications in the 2017-18 competition year of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies. In cooperation with the Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions supporting work to expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, to strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and to increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies.
  • Dissertation Fellowships: one-year stipends to PhD candidates for full-time preparation of dissertations
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships: two-year stipends to recent recipients of the PhD for residence at a university for research, writing, and teaching
  • Research Fellowships: one-year stipends for scholars who hold a PhD degree, with no restrictions on time from the PhD
Deadline for submission of fellowship applications: November 15, 2017. For more information, please email
American Association of University Women Fellowships for U.S. Students Deadline: Varies | More Information
American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.
  • Dissertation Fellowships: The purpose of the Dissertation Fellowship is to offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation.
  • Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships: The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research.
  • Summer/Short-Term Research Fellowships: Provides support to scholars to prepare research manuscripts for publication and to independent researchers to prepare research for publication. Preference will be given to applicants whose work supports the vision of AAUW: to break through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
AsiaNetwork_Blue_Gold AsiaNetwork Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow Program Deadline: November 30, 2015 for 2016/17 Teaching Fellow Program | More Information Through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, ASIANetwork has been providing its member colleges with grants to support the hiring of a postdoctoral teaching fellow in Asian Studies. ASIANetwork – Luce Teaching Fellows (recent recipients of a terminal degree from a North American university) spend one year at an ASIANetwork college, teaching and participating in the intellectual and cultural life of the host college. ASIANetwork will award three grants each year for three academic years (2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17). Human Rights Watch Fellowships  Deadline: Varies | More Information
For recent graduates of law schools or graduate programs in journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from universities worldwide.

External Scholarships for Study or Research in Southeast Asia

2018 USINDO Summer Studies Program in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (May 24 – August 2, 2018)
Deadline: February 8, 2018 | More information
This program aims to provide American students with the language ability, political awareness, culture sensitivity and understanding of this increasingly significant country. For the past 23 years, USINDO has hosted the USINDO Summer Studies Program, comprised of an intensive ten-week language and cultural immersion program, held in Yogyakarta for U.S. university students, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, as well as recent graduates (within 6 months) of any accredited U.S. college or university. In addition to the language course, field trips, cultural programs, and volunteer work opportunities with local organizations in Yogyakarta, the program also includes a post-program event in Jakarta that is designed to broaden the students’ perspective, knowledge, and exposure to contemporary issues facing Indonesia, while also giving them the opportunity to network with government officials, experts, academics, NGOs and private sector.
Attached is further information on the program. You may also find the program information and application on the USINDO website ( Applications are due on February 8, 2018.
Visiting Fellowship at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore Deadline: Applications reviewed in December | More information For more information or inquiries: contact Ms. Tracy Ki, Senior Manager (Human Resources) at aifis_logo_510x286American Institute for Indonesian Studies Deadline: Mid-November | More Information
The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) invites applications from American and Indonesian scholars who wish to conduct research across the field of contemporary and traditional Indonesian studies. Grants of $5,000 each are available to American and Indonesian scholars. Funds may be applied towards travel, accommodation and support, or research activities in Indonesia for American scholars. For Indonesian scholars, funds are available exclusively to support travel to the United States for the purpose of collaborating with a researcher (graduate student, faculty, or other affiliate) at a U.S. institution of higher learning. They are designed to cover travel, accommodation, and support for the Indonesian researcher while in the United States. Collaboration with an American partner is essential for these grants.
Gilman Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for Undergraduate Study Abroad Deadlines: Early March for Fall/AY; Early October for Spring; Early March for Summer | More Information
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. Blakemore Freeman Fellowshipsspeech-bubbles Deadline: December 30 | More Information
The Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Burmese and Khmer. Since 1990, the Foundation has awarded over $14 million in language grants to individuals using an East or Southeast Asian language in their careers. Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply. An applicant must have (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree and have completed at least three years of study of the language at the college level by the start of the grant. Blakemore Refresher Grants provide individuals in mid-career an opportunity to refresh their advanced Asian language skills by attending a full-time language program for a summer or semester. CLSProgram_color_horizontal_1_inchCritical Language Scholarships Deadline: Early to Mid-November | More Information
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. mastering critical foreign languages. 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 professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.
  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, 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.
2008_boren_logo_colorDavid L. Boren Fellowship for Graduate Students On-Campus Deadline: Contact UHM Boren Campus Advisor | More Information
NSEP awards Boren Fellowships to outstanding U.S. graduate students through a competitive national merit-based process. Since 1994, NSEP has awarded over 1,646 Boren Fellowships to degree-seeking masters and doctoral students. Boren Fellowships are granted to motivated individuals who develop independent overseas projects that combine language and culture study with professional practical experiences. Awards for up to $30,000 over two years are given to applicants who demonstrate the highest intellectual and professional capacity along with a commitment to U.S. Government service for at least one year. Former Boren Scholars may compete for Boren Fellowships.
2008_boren_logo_colorDavid L. Boren Scholarship for Undergraduates On-Campus Deadline: Contact UHM Boren Campus Advisor | More Information David L. Boren Scholarships to outstanding U.S. undergraduates through a competitive national merit-based process. Since 1994, NSEP has awarded approximately 2,828 Boren Scholarships. Each Boren Scholar goes abroad to a critical country to study its language and culture. Awards are for up to one academic year. Boren Scholars demonstrate their merit for an award of up to $20,000 in part by committing to work for the U.S. Government for at least one year. Students must apply by early February for study abroad commencing in the following academic year. Funding available for year-long, semester, and summer study abroad. On-campus deadline will be earlier than the national deadline. English Language Fellow Program for Teaching English Abroad Deadline: Late July for Following AY | More Information The English Language Fellow Program is a U.S. Department of State public diplomacy initiative that sends talented, highly qualified U.S. TESOL professionals to work at academic institutions around the world. Through projects set up by U.S. Embassies, Fellows work directly with local teachers, students, and education professionals. They support meaningful and sustainable changes that impact English language teaching and learning abroad, as well as promote mutual understanding between their host country and the United States. Since 1969, the English Language Fellow Program has sent thousands of educators to countries around the world for 10-month assignments in more than 80 countries including Southeast Asia, Africa, the Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Eurasia, South Asia, and the Middle East. Fellows receive a generous benefits package the program is perfect for master’s graduates, mid-career ESL professionals, and experienced teachers.  English Language Fellow Specialist Program for Short-Term Projects Abroad Deadline: Late July for Following AY | More Information The English Language Specialist Program is a U.S. Department of State public diplomacy initiative that sends experts in the field of English language education to lead short-term English language teaching projects overseas. Specialist assignments range from 2 weeks to 5 months. Projects build on the Specialist’s unique areas of expertise. The program sends 100+ Specialists abroad every year to developing countries all over the world. Our Specialists have served in more than 80 countries across Southeast Asia, Africa, the Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Eurasia, South Asia, and the Middle East. The assignments are challenging, and the teachers who are chosen represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community. Specialists receive a generous benefits package and the program is perfect for experts in the field of TESOL with significant training and experience. fulbright_logo_smallFulbright CORE Scholar Program for Faculty & Experienced Professionals Deadline: Early August | More Information The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide. Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months, as specified in the award description. In addition, flexible options may be available. Fulbright Hays Dissertation Fellowshipsfulbright_logo_small On-Campus Deadline: Apply through Office of Graduate Education in early spring | More Information This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.Graduate students in doctoral programs in the fields of foreign languages and area studies must apply through the institutions in which they are enrolled. Students may propose research for 6 to 12 months. Fulbright Specialist Program for Scholars & Professionalsfulbright_logo_small Deadline: Rolling | More Information The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. Grant Duration: Two- to six-weeks. fulbright_logo_smallFulbright U.S. Student Program in Southeast Asia On-Campus Deadline: Apply through Office of Graduate Education by mid-September for following AY The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details. In Southeast Asia for the 2016 – 2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants were available in the following countries:
  • Brunei – 1 Study/Research Grant
  • Cambodia – 4 Study/Research Grants
  • Indonesia – 10 Study/Research Grants; 10 Fulbright Research, Science, & Technology (FIRST) Awards; 35 English Teaching Assistantships
  • Laos – 2 Study/Research Grants; 6 English Teaching Assistantships
  • Malaysia – 5 Study/Research Grants; 100 English Teaching Assistantships
  • Myanmar (Burma) – Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship
  • Philippines – 8 Study/Research Grants
  • Singapore – 3 Study/Research Grants; 6 Urban Planning & Sustainable Design Awards
  • Thailand – 2 Study/Research Grants; 20 English Teaching Assistantships; and the Fulbright-Fogarty Public Health Fellowship: Research Institute for Health Sciences
  • Timor-Leste – Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship
  • Viet Nam – 2 Study/Research Grants; 15 English Teaching Assistantships
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship Deadline: Mid-January | More Information
Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships are $10,000 for an academic year, $5,000 for a semester, and prorated for summer study. Applicants must be an undergraduate student, may participate on any credit-bearing study abroad program at any university,  and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or DACA student. Study abroad programs must be at least 4 weeks (30 days) in country. National Geographic Young Explorers Grantsnational-geographic-logo Deadlines: See Website | More Information Young Explorers Grants offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic’s existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT). In addition, the YEG program recently teamed with the Luce Foundation to provide increased funding opportunities for fieldwork in 18 Northeast and Southeast Asian countries, including Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Young Explorers Grants Program supports a variety of projects—and an age-range of applicants—that are generally not covered by other sources of funding. Applicants are not required to have advanced degrees. However, a record of prior experience in the fields of research, conservation, or exploration should be submitted as it pertains to the proposed project. Funding is not restricted to United States citizens—foreign nationals are invited to apply. Researchers planning work in countries abroad should make great effort to include at least one local collaborator as part of their team. Young Explorers Grants vary in amount depending on significance of the project, though most range between US $2,000 and $5,000 at the maximum. National Geographic Society funds often serve as complementary support—thus the program encourages applicants to seek additional, concurrent funding from other sources. Princeton in Asia Fellowships Deadlines: Mid-November | More Informationprinceton_in_asia Princeton in Asia (PiA) fosters mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting friendships and benefit local and global communities. It is PiA’s vision that through extended exposure to Asian workplaces and cultures, fellows will develop a life-long appreciation for and engagement in this part of the world, as well as a commitment to contributing to the communities of which they find themselves a part after PiA. We like to think of PiA as “a change in perspective, a job that matters, a community for life.” Seniors and recent college graduates of any university and nationality can apply for PiA, though native English speaking ability is required for teaching positions and all fellows must come to Princeton for a mandatory orientation. PiA’s strongest applicants are humble, flexible, adaptable, open-minded and committed to immersion in their local community. For the 2017-2018 academic year, PiA expects to offer approximately 130 full-year fellowships with 80 partner institutions in the following countries: Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. PiA posts contribute to addressing global issues at the local level, including access to education, access to information, economic development, environmental sustainability, public health, and social justice. Each PiA fellowship involves an investment from PiA, the partner institution, and fellow. PiA fellows receive a local salary, orientation program, TEFL certification, medical insurance, and language grants (awarded selectively). Fellows are responsible for a $60 application fee, transportation expenses to interviews, transportation expenses to Princeton for TEFL and orientation weekends, vaccination and visa application fees, round-trip transportation to Asia (for most positions) and a $550 placement contribution. This contribution represents only a small fraction of the total costs of arranging a fellowship. PiA is dedicated to offering these experiences to as diverse and talented an applicant pool as possible. Though PiA has limited resources, financial aid is offered on a case-by-case basis and we will work individually with applicants to ensure that financial considerations do not preclude anyone from applying for or participating in these opportunities. rotary-peace-fellowshipRotary Peace Fellowship – Professional Development Certificate in Thailand Deadlines: Contact your local Rotary Club in early spring for application details | More Information For experienced professionals working in peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills, we offer a three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at in Thailand. This program incorporates two to three weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year. Applications for the 2016-17 Rotary Peace Fellowship program are now being accepted. The deadline for applicants to submit applications to their district is 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. AStar_SIGASingapore International Pre-Graduate Award (SIGPA) for Science & Engineering Students Deadlines: 6 Application Deadlines per Year | More Information The Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award (SIPGA) supports short-term research attachments for international students at A*STAR. It provides a unique opportunity for top overseas students to experience the vibrant scientific environment in A*STAR Research Institutes and Consortia. Students will be able to work with distinguished and world- renowned researchers in A*STAR labs. This award will normally be for students in the later years of a Bachelor or Master level program. usindo_logo_with-textUSINDO Sumitro Fellows Program Deadlines: Late January | More Information The Sumitro Fellows Program honors Dr. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, Indonesia’s senior economist who passed away in 2001. One Fellowship is available for United States citizens/permanent resident for research relating to the political economy of Indonesia. Another fellowship is available for an Indonesian citizen with a project related to the Indonesian-United States relationship. Universitas Airlangga (Unair) in Indonesia Attracting Global Talent (Unair AGT) 2016-2020 Program Deadlines: Rolling | More Information Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia has announced a new program for practitioners, researchers and graduate students that supports an affiliation with the university and some funding support.
  • Visiting Practitioner: Practitioners who come in Unair are expected to equip and enrich students with a variety of experiences and perspectives in the application areas, the latest data that only can be obtained from the field and recent developments that occurred in the realm of practicalities. Practitioners can be the sound partner for Unair’s academicians to enriching and completing the discourse of theory which so far delivered in classroom.
  • Visiting Fellow: Independent Researchers who are willing to do research and produce scientific writing on the topic chosen or assigned by Unair.
  • Foreign Thesis: Students in master or doctoral level are invited to undertke research at Unair in the completion of their thesis or dissertation.
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External Scholarships for Study, Research, or Professional Development in the U.S.

American Association of University Women Fellowships for International Students Deadline: December 1 | More Information
International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by September 30, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five International Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowships are renewable for a second year. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.. American-Indonesian Exchange Foundationindonesia-america-flags Deadline: Varies based on Program  | More Information The American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF), established in 1992, is a binational non-profit foundation which administers the Fulbright and other related scholarship programs inIndonesia. The primary focus of the Fulbright Program in Indonesia is to promote mutual understanding between the Republic of Indonesia and the United States of America through educational exchange and academic scholarship. aifis_logo_510x286American Institute for Indonesian Studies Deadline: Mid-November | More Information The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) invites applications from American and Indonesian scholars who wish to conduct research across the field of contemporary and traditional Indonesian studies. Grants of $5,000 each are available to American and Indonesian scholars. Funds may be applied towards travel, accommodation and support, or research activities in Indonesia for American scholars. For Indonesian scholars, funds are available exclusively to support travel to the United States for the purpose of collaborating with a researcher (graduate student, faculty, or other affiliate) at a U.S. institution of higher learning. They are designed to cover travel, accommodation, and support for the Indonesian researcher while in the United States. Collaboration with an American partner is essential for these grants. Asia_Foundation_LogoAsia Foundation Development Fellows Deadline: Early to Mid-November  | More Information The Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program provides highly qualified, young professionals from Asia with an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain in-depth knowledge of Asia’s critical development challenges. The year-long professional advancement program draws on The Asia Foundation’s extensive 18-country network and deep expertise working with innovative leaders and communities across the region. The program is designed to be a multifaceted experience, involving intensive learning modules – short courses, conferences, and study tours in Asia and the U.S. – to enhance leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure. Equity Initiative Fellowship for Young Professionals from ASEAN and China Deadline: August  | More Information equity_initiative_logoThe Equity Initiative is an exciting new transformative leadership program aimed at social impact for health. The fellowship is designed for working professionals to join a diverse group of their peers for 6 weeks of in-person sessions over one year. The Equity Initiative’s fellowship program offers unparalleled professional and personal development joining a cohort of fellows from all sectors aimed at peer, experiential, and online learning. Young professionals from 10 ASEAN countries and China who are passionate about social justice in health. EI seeks emerging leaders who are committed to health equity and lifelong engagement with EI’s equity community. The fellowship program seeks to enhance its overall impact by inspiring passion, creativity and commitment in young leaders. The age range is 25-40 years, and we have strong affinity for gender equality. Fellows may come from a broad range of health-related sectors – medicine, public health, economics, policy-making, non-governmental social action, environment, legal, business, and communications. The fellowship is fully funded, and entailing 6 weeks of dedicated travel and learning, while staying in their current jobs. Selection is highly selective, where candidates will be vetted by national nomination committees and chosen by an independent regional selection committee. fulbright_logo_smallFulbright U.S.-ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative Deadline: Varies  | Contact your local U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission for application details. The U.S. – ASEAN Fulbright Initiative is open to university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, and professional staff of think tanks and other NGOs in ASEAN member nations to travel to the U.S. for scholarly and professional research for three to four (3-4) months on issues that are relevant and useful to member nations, and central to the U.S. – ASEAN relationship. Fulbright US-ASEAN visiting scholars may apply to lecture and conduct research in the US in fields that will support ASEAN initiatives including but not limited to: Education, Environmental Sciences, Financial Market Integration, Food Technology, Information Sciences, Journalism, Law, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, Trade and Investment, Trade Facilitation, and TEFL & Applied Linguistics. Applicants will be expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment; they must be citizens of an ASEAN member nation;  and they must be proficient in English. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not had recent and substantial experience in the United States. Applicant/s must be residing in their country of citizenship (ASEAN) throughout the nomination and selection process, and must return to the country upon completion of their U.S. stay. BECAStudy of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) Deadline: Varies  | More Information Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars are designed to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions overseas. Foreign university faculty, secondary educators and other scholars spend approximately four weeks at host universities where they take part in a series of lectures, seminar discussions and site visits related to each institute’s theme. They learn about American educational philosophies, explore new teaching methods and pursue related research interests. Participants spend the remaining two weeks on a study tour, which complements the academic program and includes visits to sites of interest in another geographic region of the country. Each institute concludes with several days of meetings and related study in Washington, D.C. For eligibility and application information for the 2014 institutes, please contact the Public Affairs office of your local U.S. Embassy or visit their website. Dept of StateU.S. Embassy’s in Southeast Asia – Information on Educational Exchange & Scholarships In this section, you will find useful information on study opportunities in the U.S., and information on various Embassy sponsored exchange programs. Deadlines vary by program and country.  Contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for more information. usindo_logo_with-textUSINDO Sumitro Fellows Program Deadlines: Late January | More Information The Sumitro Fellows Program honors Dr. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, Indonesia’s senior economist who passed away in 2001. One Fellowship is available for United States citizens/permanent resident for research relating to the political economy of Indonesia. Another fellowship is available for an Indonesian citizen with a project related to the Indonesian-United States relationship. YSEALIYoung Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative – Academic Fellow Program Deadline: Varies by County:  Mid-April to June | More Information YSEALI Academic Fellows will take part in academic institutes in one of three core YSEALI themes:
  • Civic engagement
  • Environment and natural resources management
  • Entrepreneurship and economic development
These five week institutes, held on the campus of a U.S. university or college, will include an academic residency, leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities, and opportunities to engage with American peers. The program will conclude in Washington, D.C., to allow for engagement with policymakers, governmental representatives, businesses, and think tanks. Young leaders from all 10 ASEAN countries who members that are current undergraduate or graduate students or recently graduated. Participants are selected by their local embassy based on their background, experience, leadership record, and commitment to service. Contact your local U.S. embassy for current program information and application deadlines. YSEALIYoung Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative – Professional Fellows Program Deadline: March – Mid-April | More Information YSEALI Professionals will have five-week placements in U.S. non-profit organizations and state and local government offices. YSEALI Professional Fellows will work directly with their American counterparts to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills, and professional contacts to address challenges and create new opportunities their home countries and communities. YSEALI Professional Fellows will work in the fields of:
  • Civic engagement
  • NGO management
  • Economic empowerment
  • Governance
  • Legislative process
  • Environmental and natural resources management
The program will conclude in Washington to allow for engagement with policymakers and networking among YSEALI Professional Fellows from across ASEAN. A select group of Americans who worked with the YSEALI Professional Fellows will then travel overseas to further strengthen relationships, continue to collaborate on issue-based projects, and mentor other YSEALI members. Young professionals from all 10 ASEAN countries who are leading change and innovation in civil society, the public sector, or the private sector. Back to top