Fellowships & Grants


East Asia Center Scholarship

A generous endowment from the Weedon family allows the East Asia Center to award travel grants to undergraduates enrolled in language programs in East Asia as well as research travel grants to graduate students and faculty. Applications are due in mid-March.

Mastercard Asian Studies Scholarship

Mastercard Asian Studies Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded annually to a rising fourth-year major in Asian Studies, be it in the East Asian Studies Major or Chinese or Japanese Language and Literature. To be competitive, students applying for this scholarship should also be applying for the Distinguished Majors Program. This scholarship is in the amount of approximately $4000 for tuition, and it carries with it the possibility to apply for a paid summer internship with Mastercard. Unless we are informed otherwise, we assume that all applicants for the DMP are also applying for this scholarship. 

Ellen Bayard Weedon Travel Grants for Language Study

This grant is awarded by the East Asia Center at the University of Virginia. Funds granted are to be used towards the cost of round-trip air fare between Charlottesville and East Asia. Travel within an Asian country will not be covered by the grant.

Both students and faculty members are eligible. Applicants must plan to be in East Asia at least two weeks for study or research. They are also required to be in residence at the University the following academic year and must be willing to share their newly acquired knowledge with the University community via lectures, seminars, and/or other presentations. Student applicants must spend eight weeks or more in East Asia to be eligible for funding up to full round trip air fare. A complete statement of eligibility, selection criteria, and application procedures may be found in the Weedon Travel Grant Information listed below. 


Freeman-Asia Program

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce that funding for the Freeman-ASIA Program has been approved for two years, beginning with the Summer 2011 term. The application system will open in January 2011, and grants will be offered for Summer, Semester, and Academic Year terms.

Detailed information will be available on December 1, 2010 on the program website at: http://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia .

The Freeman-ASIA Program, generously supported by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), aims to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need. Award amounts vary from $3,000 for a summer program to $5,000 for a semester/quarter program to $7,000 for an academic year program. From 2001 to 2009, Freeman-ASIA provided scholarships for more than 4,000 U.S. undergraduate students to study in East and Southeast Asia.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
U.S. Student Programs
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3580

Tel: 212-984-5542
Fax: 212-984-5325
Email: freeman-asia@iie.org


Margaret M. Coughlin Memorial Award in Asian History


Cash award of $2,500, up to $1,300 in Airfare to Asia, Award Certificate, and Recognition in Graduation Ceremonies.


Competition is open to all graduating fourth-year students, any major, with 12 credit hours in South or East Asia-related courses, including at least 6 credit hours in Asian history. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of academic excellence and a commitment to pursue Asia-related interests in graduate school, professional school, or in a career.

To Apply

Submit to Professor Brad Reed, 214 Randall Hall:

  1. the application form (available online at www.virginia.edu/eastasia or at 214 Randall Hall);
  2. a copy of your official transcript;
  3. two letters of recommendation; 
  4. a 500-word statement of purpose; and 
  5. an academic paper of at least 1,000 words from an Asian history course.

The deadline for all applications is 3:00 Monday, April 9. No electronic submissions, please.
To access the application, click here

For Students in Chinese Studies:

The C.Y. Tung scholarship for spring voyages of Semester at Sea is a great opportunity to study China and its place in the world from several different disciplinary perspectives. Scholarship students will also participate in a special seminar on US-China relations along with students from China. The ship travels from CA through Asia and Africa and debarks in England. Here is a link to the application.


Study Abroad in Taiwan:

Study Abroad in Taiwan Scholarships