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The Blakemore Foundation
Offers scholarships and grants for graduate students studying an Asian language at an advanced level. Approximately 24 grants are made each year.  Applicants must have a college degree

Academy for International and Area Studies Scholars Program 
This program provides scholars opportunities for advanced work in their social science discipline and geographical area of interest.  It is given to doctoral students and recent recipients of the Ph.D. who show promise of becoming leading scholars at leading universities.  All course work and general examinations must be completed by the time the program begins. Pre-doctoral scholars receive an annual stipend of $24,000; for post-doctoral scholars, it is $36,000.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship 
The Newcombe Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at American institutions located in the United States who will complete their dissertations in the academic year. In the current Newcombe competition, at least 22 non-renewable Fellowships of $25,000 will be awarded for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing; in addition, Fellows' graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition and/or remit some portion of their fees. Successful candidates will be notified, and the public announcement of new Fellows made, in spring.

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.
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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Research Abroad Program 
The Fulbright-Hays provides funds for research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies for doctoral students and established faculty. Area studies may include projects that focus on economic, political science, geography, environmental studies, and sociology, but not Western Europe.  Doctoral dissertation grants require a minimum of 6 months in the host country or countries.
Contact Information at KU
Sue Lorenz, Director, Fulbright Programs and International Agreements

Fulbright US Student Program 
This Fulbright grant is administered by the US Information Agency (USIA) and is different from the Fulbright-Hays.  Most of these grants are to cover one academic year abroad. Funds generally provide for transportation, language courses, tuition in some cases, research allowances, and living expenses for the year.  For certain countries (in Asia, Taiwan and Korea), one might also be considered for a travel grant.  Only US citizens are eligible and preference will be given those whose higher education was received primarily at US institutions.  Applicant must also hold at least a BA or equivalent but may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application.  See program details for exceptions. Like the Fulbright-Hays, this grant must go through University channels.  Applicants will also be interviewed by a committee of former Fulbright scholars at the University.  Applications are available through the Office of International Programs. 
Contact Information at KU
Sue Lorenz, Director, Fulbright Programs and International Agreements

Young Explorers Grant
Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT). In addition, the YEG program recently teamed with the Luce Foundation to provide increased funding opportunities for fieldwork in 18 Northeast and Southeast Asian countries, including Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange- Doctoral Fellowships
Chiang Ching-kou Foundation provides fellowships up to $18,000 to support doctoral candidates for the completion of their dissertations. The sponsor supports Chinese studies in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants must have completed all other requirements for their Ph.D., and must be in the last stage of their doctoral program.

ACC Summer Field Studies program in Mainland China
Fulbright-Hays scholarships will be awarded to all accepted students covering tuition, lodging, and generous portion of international travel.

Critical Language Scholarship Program
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded 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 study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. CLS for Intensive Summer Institutes is a program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the American Councils for International Education.

Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship
The CCSP Fellowship offers generous funding to students in doctoral programs at U.S. institutions who are pursuing China-related research across a broad range of fields in the arts, education, humanities and social sciences. Successful applicants will be supported for a period of at least six months to up to two years as they pursue research at one of 15 designated universities in China.

Chinese Local Government Scholarships
In order to encourage more outstanding international students to pursue a higher education in specific areas within China, facilitate the internationalization of the higher education institutions in those areas, many local governments offer scholarships to study within those areas.

Chinese University Scholarships Study in China
In order to promote study within China and exploration of its culture, specific universities within China offer numerous scholarships.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.
There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy.

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships
This fellowship is offered by Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Well-designed projects from any academic discipline, at any stage, from initial research to revision for publication, are welcome.

Hopkins-Nanjing Program Scholarships
These scholarships are sponsored by the School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University. They are one-year scholarships for study at the Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, the PRC. Graduate Students, postdoctoral scholars, and professionals are eligible.   Applicants must be US citizens and should be working in Chinese studies in the areas of history, foreign policy, international relations, and economics.

International Higher Education Scholarship Program
International education and training has long been one of the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund’s (ICDF) core operations, among many others. Human resources development programs play a vital role in assisting partner countries achieve sustainable development, and education is a crucial mechanism for training workforces in developing countries. The Taiwan ICDF provides scholarships for higher education and has developed undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs in cooperation with renowned partner universities in Taiwan.

MOFA Taiwan Scholarship
The Taiwan Scholarship program is a joint initiative launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the National Science Council (NSC) in 2004. At the Republic of China's centennial in 2011, the Taiwan Scholarship program evolved into the MOFA Taiwan Scholarship program and the MOE Taiwan Scholarship program in order to cater to students of varying backgrounds. The MOFA Taiwan Scholarship is, in principle, granted to students from countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. However, special consideration may also be given to students from other countries.

Taiwan Scholarships
In 2004, four government agencies of Taiwan, the Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and National Science Council of the Executive Yuan (NSC), jointly established the Taiwan Scholarship Program to encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree programs in Taiwan. Details about each of the Taiwan Scholarships are shown below. Some universities offer scholarships.

Japan Foundation Grants
List of grant programs offered by the Japan Foundation, based in New York City.  The Japan Foundation serves to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries.  The New York office provides support for Japanese Studies, exchange of performing arts, and Japanese language education.

Japan Foundation and Language Center (Los Angeles) Grants
A variety of research, teaching, and Japanese language study grants are detailed on the following website. Additionally, the website provides instructions for receiving applications which are currently available.

Japanese Consulate Scholarships
Several scholarships available for graduates and undergraduates studying or conducting research in Japan

Japanese Government Graduate Research Scholarship
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities either as (non-degree) student or regular student for a degree under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.

Japan Exchange & Teaching Program USA
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program seeks to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. The Program aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike.

Korea Foundation Fellowship for Korean Language Training
Fellowships are designed to assist university students, faculty members, and other professionals who wish to learn Korean at a Korean university for six, nine, or twelve months.  Fellowships are to be carried out at one of the language institutes specified by the foundation.  Fellows will be expected to engage in language training full time. Fellowship provides for tuition. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, as well as faculty members and professionals who work in institutions related to Korea.  Applicants should have basic Korean language ability, but applicants who have long-tern plans for a career in Korean studies will still be considered even if they do not have any Korean language ability.  Those under the age of 30 will be given priority.

Study in Korea Scholarships
The Korean government offers various scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students and through universities.

Korean Government Scholarships
The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students in order to promote international exchange in education and mutual friendship between the participating countries




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