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Scholarship Programs for Study Abroad in Asia

I. General;

II. Japan;

III. Korea Specific;

IV. Taiwan

(scroll down for the specific country)


I. General

A. Freeman Foundation Award for Study in Asia (aka Freeman-ASIA): 

Awards of up to $3K for summer study, $5K for a semester and $7K for an academic year. Deadlines vary, depending on intended period of study

B. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Ideally, students should begin their application one full semester before their study abroad program is scheduled to begin.

C. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible languages are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.

The Blakemore Foundation makes grants for study only at specific language programs. Please refer to the current list of approved programs.

D. Boren Scholarship: 

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Maximum scholarship awards are: $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. The application deadline for the Boren Scholarships is February 9, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

E. Foundation for Global Scholars:

Provides scholarships for students to study abroad. Students must be U.S. or Canadian citizens. Students who are from underrepresented populations in international education are a priority.

F. Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad: 

Through the Global Studies Foundation, this grant provides supplemental funds for U.S. citizens who are already studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. Students must be currently enrolled full-time and in good academic standing at an accredited secondary or postsecondary institution.

G. Go Overseas Scholarship: 

Go Overseas scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, any study abroad program. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. Awards up to $1,000


Each year, awards three $1000 scholarships – one to a Japanese, one to a Korean, and one to an American. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and overall intent for usage as expressed in the application essay.

I. LewerMark ‘Make Your Mark’ Scholarship: 

Scholarship essay contest for study abroad students with awards from $700 through $1,250.

J. Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship: 

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards grants in the amount of $1,000 to undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 3.5 to study abroad.

K. Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language Honor Society) Scholarship: 

Active members of Phi Sigma Iota are eligible for this award. Application includes a personal statement, written by the candidate in both English and the nominee’s major Foreign Language, outlining qualifications and the purpose for which the award will be used. Please contact your college’s Phi Sigma Iota Faculty Advisor for more information.

L. STA Travel, Inc. Scholarships: 

The STA scholarships are designated for students from underrepresented areas in international education who are majoring in Photography, Film and Art, Travel and Tourism, International Business, International Studies, and Foreign Language.

M. Two New Scholarships for 2016 Asia Study Abroad

The Asia Institute has officially launched two new scholarships offered in collaboration with the Academy of International Business Southeast (AIB-SE) and the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE). Both jointly developed scholarships will award $1000 to support learning experiences for students traveling to Asia in 2016. For more details, please see below:

– Academy of International Business Southeast Scholarships
Total Amount: $1000
Open To: Undergraduate, Graduate and PhD Candidates involved in Asia based
study abroad programs and/or research
Deadline: Application details will be posted in August
How to Apply:

N. Pennsylvania Council for International Education Scholarships
Total Amount: $1000
Open To: Undergraduate and Graduate Students from universities and colleges
in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania involved in Asia based study abroad
Deadline: February 1, 2016
How to Apply: Please contact Eva Li for more details at

O.  Critical Language Scholarship Program

II. Japan

A. ATJ Bridging Scholarship (April 18 deadline for fall semester study):  Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan. The scholarships are funded by donations from U.S. corporations and foundations to the US-Japan Bridging Foundation.

B. Fulbright Fellowship:

C. Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship (Japanese Government Scholarships for Undergraduate Students)Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology scholarships for study at Japanese universities:

D. Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship for research students–this grant would be appropriate for graduating seniors:

E. The Blakemore Foundation (December 30 deadline):


III. Korea

A. Korean Government Scholarship Programs: 

B. Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) scholarship: 

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for qualified students in all fields of study; according to the KASF website, full-time enrollment is required. Deadline: May 31.

C. Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce (HKCC) scholarship: 

The Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce offers scholarships for qualified undergraduate students in all fields of study; according to the HKCC website, full-time enrollment is required. Deadline: May 31.



IV. Taiwan

Recommendations for Huayu Enrichment Scholarships language study in Taiwan are made through internal competition at UMBC. 3-month and 9-month scholarships available.  Deadline February 19, 2015.  Contact Dr. Vaporis, for more details.

Fullbright Scholarship