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Scholarship Programs for Study Abroad in Asia

I. General;

II. Japan;

III. Korea Specific; and

IV. Taiwan

(scroll down for the specific country)


I. General

1. Critical Language Scholarship
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government. It is supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education.

2. Boren Scholarships
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. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

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.

A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

4. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

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.

5. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships
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. FG Scholars
FG Scholars is an independent organisation devoted for giving students a solid foundation with university listings, insurance providers and travel agents. Our guides are aimed at both local and international tutees, as well as those who are undecided about their options for post-school study.

7. Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad
The Foundation for Global Scholars, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, inspires and equips young adults to tackle global challenges through international experience, leadership skills and cultural competence. The organization has awarded over $2 million in financial assistance and supported over 2000 outstanding students from more than 300 colleges and universities. Funds are granted to impactful organizations such as the Fund for Education Abroad to distribute to worthy students.

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 $1,000 scholarships – one to a Japanese, one to a Korean, and one to an American.

Travel scholarships are offered on a competitive basis. They are awarded on the bases of need and overall intent for usage as expressed in the application essay. The scholarships could be used for a variety of overseas programs, including but not limited to home stays, student exchange, volunteering, work, etc.

10. LewerMark ‘Make Your Mark’ Scholarship
Scholarship essay contest for study abroad students with awards from $750 through $1,500.

11. Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.  Applications and any supporting documents will be accepted from 12/15/2019 to 11:59 p.m. CT on 3/15/2020.

12. Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language Honor Society) Scholarship 
Phi Sigma Iota offers a competitive scholarship program for collegiate and alumni/professional members.  The number and amount of the awards will be determined by the members of the Scholarship Committee based on the strength of the application.

13. The Asia Institute
To support and increase the accessibility of international education opportunities for all students, the Asia Institute, through the One Yuan One Dream Foundation, is co-developing multiple scholarship programs, which are open to students studying in Asia and the United States.

II. Japan

1. American Association of Teachers of Japanese
Applications are open for Bridging Scholarships from students who will study abroad in Japan in Spring 2020.  The deadline for applying is October 10, 2019.

2. Fulbright
Multiple opportunities for study in Japan.

3. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for U.S. Citizens
Since 1954, the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT or Monbukagakusho) has provided scholarships each year to assist students interested in studying at Japanese universities through the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.

4. The Blakemore Foundation
Since 1990, the Blakemore Foundation, with the support of The Freeman Foundation, has awarded over $18 million in grants to college graduates, graduate students and working professionals for an academic year abroad in full-time intensive Asian language study. The fellowships cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation.  (December 30 deadline)

III. Korea

1. Korean Government Scholarship Programs
Korea continues to attract international students who are inspired by the beauty and traditions of Korea or want to deepen their knowledge about the country. Some come to Korea for a short time, just out of curiosity or to study Korean language; others enroll in a regular academic program for an undergraduate, graduate, or a Ph.D. degree.  Numerous scholarship programs are available in Korea to help international students finance their studies.

2. Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) scholarship
KASF scholarships (which range from $500 to $5,000) are offered to the qualified Korean American students (including foreign students from Korea). All applicants must be enrolled in a full time program in the U.S during the scholarship application year. If extra funds are available, other students (non Koreans) may qualify for scholarships. Specifically, descendants of American veterans served during the Korean War may qualify for scholarships (applicable to selective regions).

3. Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce
The Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer its annual scholarship to outstanding students who are enrolled or will be enrolling full-time in an accredited four-year college for undergraduate studies.  The scholarship is aimed at civic-minded individuals who have a commitment to serve the needs of the immediate community and society at large.  The scholarship consists of three $2,000 awards.  The recipients will receive their awards at the annual Korean Festival.  All recipients or a representative of the recipients must be present at the Korean Festival to receive the award.

IV. Taiwan

1. Huayu Enrichment Scholarship
Recommendations for this scholarship are  made through internal competition at UMBC. 3-month and 9-month scholarships available.  Deadline February 1. Contact Dr. Meredith Oyen for more details.

2.  Fullbright Scholarship
Various opportunities for study in Taiwan.