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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

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer 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 opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

Application Deadline: November 16, 2016, 8 PM 
Applicable Asian languages: Chinese, Bangla, Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Urdu


2. Boren Awards
Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

One special initiative for Asian Studies students is the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative.
 The South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) offers Boren Scholarship applicants the opportunity for intensive language study of Hindi and Urdu and cultural immersion by participating in domestic and overseas language programs. The SAFLI program is appropriate for applicants with no language proficiency as well as those with intermediate and advanced proficiency in Hindi or Urdu.

SAFLI applicants must plan to enroll in the official domestic summer program at the University of Wisconsin, and if awarded, will receive funding for the domestic program. The domestic funding has no impact on the maximum amount for overseas funding. The domestic summer program will be followed by the official SAFLI fall program in India. The official overseas fall program is administered through American Councils for International Education and will take place at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Jaipur (Hindi) and Lucknow (Urdu).

Application Deadline: January 25, 2017
UMBC Contact: Dr. Brian Souders, Interim Director, International Education Services Office


3.  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
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
10. LewerMark ‘Make Your Mark’ Scholarship: 

Scholarship essay contest for study abroad students with awards from $700 through $1,250.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.


14. 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:


II. Japan

1. 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.
2. Fulbright Fellowship
3. Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship (Japanese Government Scholarships for Undergraduate Students)Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology scholarships for study at Japanese universities.
4. Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship for research students–this grant would be appropriate for graduating seniors:
5. The Blakemore Foundation (December 30 deadline):


III. Korea

1. Korean Government Scholarship Programs: 
2. 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.
3. 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