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Grants, fellowships, scholarships, and other funding opportunities geared toward or applicable to Southeast Asia studies.

For a full list of Southeast-Asia related scholarships and fellowships, including UHM-specific funding, see our Scholarships page.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship | Deadline: January 31, 2025

For U.S. citizen or permanent resident graduate or undergraduate students at UHM who combine modern Southeast Asian language training at the second-year level or above with a Southeast Asia area studies focus. FLAS recipients must be full-time, classified, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students at UHM at the time of the award.

Summer 2024 Benefits for both Undergraduate and Graduate Students: $2,500 stipend and up to $5,000 for tuition for undergraduate and graduate students for summer language classes.

Graduate Student Benefits: $20,000 stipend and up to $18,000 for tuition for up to 9 credits per semester for one academic year.

Undergraduate Student Benefits: $5,000 stipend and up to $10,000 for tuition for up to 12 credits per semester for one academic year.

For details on language and coursework requirements, see our dedicated FLAS page at:

Award Notification: Friday, March 15, 2025
Eligible Applicants: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Click HERE to access the form.
Term of Award: Summer 2025 OR All Year 2025-2026

Call for Applications: Research Assistant, The Carnegie Endowment Asia Program | Deadline: June 13, 2024

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a global network of policy research centers, is seeking a part-time research assistant to support and coordinate a project interrogating the intersection of the politics of language and the development and deployment of regionally- or nationally-focused large language models (LLM) in Southeast Asia.

The project examines the recent rise of Southeast Asia-focused LLMs as a nascent expression of agency in an international landscape otherwise dominated by the languages, worldview, knowledge perspectives, and resources of others. Through a socio-technical lens on technology, the project seeks to understand the extent to which the historically-charged and politically sensitive role of language in culturally diverse Southeast Asia has (or has not) been a consideration in the development of regionally-based LLMs. The project will also offer practical recommendations on the way forward in this space.
The research assistant will help conduct substantive literature review, organize/curate expert interviews and meetings, as well as perform other duties as assigned to administer project execution. The position is remote, part-time, and anticipated to last approximately six months.

Candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; crucially, with the ability to perform research and analysis in an interdisciplinary manner. Native or near-native level language skills in English and either Indonesian, Vietnamese, or Thai are preferred. Knowledge of natural language processing or programming skills would be a bonus. The ideal candidate will have experience working and/or living in Southeast Asia. Applicants must be self-starters with excellent attention to detail, be able to work independently, adapt quickly, possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and be able to start immediately.

To apply, please submit your English resume/C.V., cover letter, and a one-page writing sample via the Carnegie Endowment website.

APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant | Deadline: June 15, 2024

The Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant project provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards will support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented. The APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant program will award between twenty and twenty-five grants yearly of between $10,000 and $15,000 to support doctoral dissertation research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics.

Deadline: June 15, 2024
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2024-2025 Society of Asian Art of Hawaiʻi Scholarship | Deadline: June 30, 2024

The Society of Asian Art of Hawai Scholarship Program is funded from contributions from individuals and organizations as well as fundraising activities conducted by the Society. For 2024-2025 the Society expects to award anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 to each qualified applicant. 

1. Society of Asian Art of Hawai’i Scholarship Fund
2. Susan Burghardt Scholarship Fund

• Applicant must be a registered student at time of application and plans to take academic coursework pertinent to Asia-related art during each semester of 2024-2025. 
• Applicant must be a registered college or university student in Hawai’i with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of the application. International students are welcome to apply, however, students with US citizenship or PR will have priority for consideration. 

Directions: Copy and save the application below as a document and then type the information asked for directly in the form. Upon completion, submit this application and supporting documents electronically by emailing them to:

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

AIFIS (The American Institute for Indonesian Studies)-Luce Small Grants | Deadline: June 30th, 2024

The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) invites applications from artists, performers, and other creative scholars who are actively working to bring Indonesian arts and culture to American audiences. The AIFIS-Luce Small Grants Program will provide competitive grants for public-facing events designed to broaden popular understandings of Indonesia among U.S. audiences. Grants awarded will range from US$500 to US-$2500 per proposal and be reviewed on a quarterly basis by a special committee of AIFIS Board Members. This fellowship program is made possible with the generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, and will support a total of $20,000 worth of small grants for public events over the course of 2023-2024.

More info:

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Postdoc Funding: The Center for Asian Research-Arizona State University & ASU School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies | Deadline: Ongoing

The Center for Asian Research at Arizona State University invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar. The selected candidate will collaborate with ASU faculty in teaching and researching topics related to Asia and its global connections in a variety of capacities, including curriculum development, faculty workshops, and community engagement. The successful candidate will develop and teach one large-enrolling gateway course per semester centered on inter-Asian and interdisciplinary topics such as food, sustainability, culture, or fashion. The initial appointment is made on a fiscal year basis, as a full-time, one-year appointment with the possibility of a one-year renewal based upon satisfactory performance and availability of resources. This position is a non-tenure track, benefits-eligible appointment. This is a grant funded position, contingent on the availability of future grant funding
More info about this funding, visit ASU webpage [new window]
Deadline: Ongoing

Visiting Research Fellowship Program, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies | Deadline: Ongoing

CIPS invites qualified researchers to join our Visiting Research Fellowship Program. The program offers opportunities for both Indonesians and non-Indonesian nationals who are completing their Indonesia-related PhD and post-graduate theses abroad, to conduct field research in Indonesia over a 3-6 month period. CIPS also opens the opportunity for post-doctoral or non-degree fellowships.
If you are interested in the Fellowship Program, please send an e-mail to
More info about this fellowship, visit CIPS website [new window]
Deadline: Ongoing

Sunlit Residency, The Sue-Je Lee Gage Residency for Human Rights and Social Justice | Deadline: Ongoing

Year-Round Residencies
Weekly residencies are available for 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks. Monthly residencies may be considered for up to 3 months.

Weekly and Monthly Residencies
Private bedroom work spaces at Sunlit are available throughout the year at a highly subsidized rates for week-long and month-long residencies for writers, scholars, artists, and activists.

While we prefer residents stay at least 1 week, we aim to be flexible.
Stays of 1, 2, or 3 nights can be arranged.

For more information, see
Deadline: Ongoing

ProFellow: 29 Dissertation Research Fellowships for Doctoral Students | Deadline: Ongoing

Dissertation research fellowships provide financial support to doctoral students who are in the stages of conducting research and writing their dissertation. Funding can be used to support travel, field work, supplies, language training, and even living expenses. Often these fellowships have “no strings attached” – their intention is simply to support scholars completing original research in a particular field of study. Check out and bookmark these 30 unique dissertation research fellowships for domestic and international doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities.
More info about this fellowship, visit ProFellow website [new window]
Deadline: Ongoing

UH Funding (recurring)

Previous Grants (recurring)