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Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

The East Asian Studies Center offers several funding opportunities for undergraduate students, including the Undergraduate FLAS Fellowship, the Intensive Chinese Language Scholarship, and the Louise Loh Memorial Scholarship. In addition to these EASC-based funding programs, undergraduate students are encouraged to seek out external funding programs, such as the ones below:

External Funding Programs

Schwarzman Scholars
Sponsor: Schwarzman Scholars
Open to: Completed undergraduate degree prior to enrollment

  • Open to students in all degrees and fields
  • Age 18-28
  • Must be highly proficient in English (no test required for those who completed a degree in the U.S.)
  • Students with any nationality/passport can apply.
  • Description: Each year, a cohort of 140 Schwarzman Scholars (40% from the U.S., 40% international, and 20% from China) are selected to develop leadership skills while obtaining a funded one-year master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. 

Freeman-ASIA Award Program
Sponsor: Institute of International Education and the Freeman Foundation
Open to: Undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate verifiable need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Description: Awards supporting overseas study in East or Southeast Asia.

IASP Scholarships and Assistantships
Sponsor: Chinese University of Hong Kong
Open to: IASP applicants of any nationality who can demonstrate financial need and academic aptitude.
Description: This opportunity, granted for personal study and research, provides awards for students conducting work in all aspects of Chinese and Asian studies.

Bridging Scholarships
Sponsor: American Association for Teachers of Japanese
Open to: Undergraduate students in any major that are participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and enrolled at a college or university in the U.S. (Students studying in Japan on summer programs not eligible to apply.)
Description: Scholarship opportunity given to 100 American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan.

Reitaku Foundation of America Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Reitaku Foundation of America 
Open to: Must be a U.S. citizen and a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. university. Must have advanced level of Japanese language proficiency and be under 25 years of age.
Description: Generally offers two undergraduate scholarships for study at Reitaku University near Tokyo, Japan.

Student Translation Award
Sponsor: American Translators Association
Open to: Any graduate or undergraduate student or group of students attending an accredited college or university in the United States. Students who are already published translators are ineligible.
Description: The American Translators Association (ATA) will award a grant-in-aid to a student for a literary or sci-tech translation or translation-related project. The project, which may be derived from any facet of translation studies, should result in a project with post-grant applicability, such as a publication, conference presentation, or teaching material. Computer-assisted translations are ineligible, as are dissertations and theses. Translations must be from a foreign language INTO ENGLISH; previously untranslated works are preferred.