Scholarship Opportunities

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The Mansfield Center understands the importance of helping students fund a global education to help them prepare for their futures. The Mansfield Center makes available information on Asia or ethics-oriented scholarships to help students at the University of Montana.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship offers awards for undergraduate study abroad for students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. Awardees participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Applications for Fall, summer or academic year programs open the January before and close in late February or early march.

Applications for winter and spring programs open the August before and run through late September or early October.

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Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

The Blakemore Foundation offers grants to promote the study of East and Southeast Asian languages. Grants are for students and mid-career professionals to provide opportunities for career progression. 

"Refresher" grants are also available for mid-career professionals already established in the private sector. 

Applications open in early July and close in late December for programs starting the next academic year. 

Visit the Blakemore Foundation website to learn more.

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program at Howard University in Washington, DC designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program usually selects 15 participants (known as “Rangel Scholars”) each year from universities throughout the United States. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

Applications open in the fall and are due in late February.

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Confucius Institute Scholarship

The Confucius Institute at the University of Montana may have scholarships available for American students to study in China. Periods range from four weeks to one year. Levels of funding vary depending on length of program.

Visit the Confucius Institute Website to Learn More

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. Run by the State Department. Students may study Chinese or Japanese in-country after completing at least two years of the language. Korean is available at the introductory level.

On-Campus Representative: Laure Pengelly-Drake Laure.Drake@mso.umt.edu

Applications open in the Fall and close mid-November.

More information about the Critical Language Scholarship

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Awards of up to $20,000 are available from the National Security Education Program for undergraduate and graduate level students for studying abroad for semester, academic year, or summer programs outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. The scholarships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security. All scholarship recipients must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Application includes an on-campus review process coordinated through the Global Engagement Office.

On-Campus Adviser: Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry marjac@mso.umt.edu

Applications open in the Fall and are due in early February.

Visit the Boren Awards for International Study website for more information and online applications.

Freeman-ASIA Awards

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Summer awards are available up to $3,000, semester awards up to $5,000, and academic year awards up to $7,000.

Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.

Summer applications open in January.

Fall and academic year applications open in February.

Spring applications open in September.

Visit the Freeman-ASIA webpage.

Going to the Sun Travel Grants

Going-to-the-Sun Travel Grants is dedicated to supporting young Montanans as they explore the world. An annual grant of up to $5,000 is award to an individual who is between 18 and 25 years old and who has the most compelling project or trip outline. The grant can be used for self-designed tours or for organized endeavors such as language courses, volunteer trips, or research excursions.

Grants have been suspended for 2017, but may reopen in the future.

Learn More About the Going to the Sun Travel Grants

Huayu Enrichment Scholarships

Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarships. The Huayu Scholarships provide students with a stipend to support them during 2-12 months of Mandarin language study in Taiwan. Interested students should contact the Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco. Contact the Taipei Economic and Cultural office here.

Applications are open in February and March.

Visit the Ministry of Education's Website for more information.

Japanese Government Scholarships

The Japanese Government offers the following scholarships annually to U.S. citizens living in Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska through the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle. The majority of these scholarships offer a monthly stipend, travel expenses to and from Japan, and exemption from school fees.

Application Deadlines vary by scholarship.

Visit the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle's website for more information and applications.

Types of Japanese Government Scholarships

Specialized Training College Students Scholarship
Available to high school graduates and above

This scholarship covers a three-year period of vocational study in the following areas: civil engineering, architecture, electrical engineering, electronics, telecommunication, nutrition, infant education, secretarial studies, hotel management, tourism, fashion, dress making, design, photography, and other fields of study. It includes a one-year Japanese language program at a Japanese language school prior to attending Professional Training College. Available to high school graduates who are between 17 and 21 years of age.

Research Student Scholarship
Available to university graduates

The Research Student Scholarship covers a one-and-a-half year to two-year period of graduate research at Japanese universities. The study area must be in the same field or a related field to the one the applicant studied or is now studying. Recipients may enter a Master's or Ph.D. program after passing the entrance examination given by the university concerned. The scholarship includes a half-year of Japanese language training for those who need Japanese language training. Applicants need to be less than 35 years of age and must be university graduates.

Undergraduate Student Scholarship
Available to high school graduates and above

This four- to seven-year scholarship is available to high school graduates for attending a Japanese university as an undergraduate student. This scholarship includes a one-year Japanese language program at a Japanese language school prior to attending a Japanese university as an undergraduate student. Recipients will receive a bachelor’s degree in Japan. Applicants must be between 17 and 21 years of age.

Japanese Studies Scholarship
Available to undergraduate students who are currently majoring in Japan related studies

This program offers students a one-year intensive course in the Japanese language and introduction to Japanese studies. Available to undergraduate students who are currently majoring or minoring in Japan-related studies at a 4-year university. Applicants need to be between 18 and 29 years of age.

Kathryn W. Davis Fellows for Peace

Award covers tuition, room, and board for one summer in any of Middlebury's 11 Language Schools at any level of study. The 100 annual fellowships are intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Those in other fields, including working professionals, are encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the languages offered.

Applications open in the Fall and are due mid-December.

Learn more about the fellowship

Taiwan-US Alliance Ambassador Summer Scholarship Program

The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an 8-week summer program at National Cheng Kung University that immerses students in Chinese language and culture. Students will be representing their state as well as the United States, acting as ambassadors to Taiwan. Upon returning to the United States, students will be expected to act as ambassadors of good will for both the United States and Taiwan whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Applications are due in mid-February for early admission and late March for general.

Visit the TUSA website for more information.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Applications open in the Fall and are due mid-January.

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The U.S. China Strong Foundation

The US-China Strong Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen US-China relations by investing in a new generation of leaders who have the knowledge and skills to engage with China. The organization leads a national movement to ensure the next generation of US leaders is equipped to engage effectively with China: a global strategic power, the second largest economy in the world and America’s fastest growing trade partner.

The US-China Strong Foundation provides lists of resources for study abroad and for financing students' education in Chinese language through scholarships and fellowships.

U.S. China Strong Foundation Scholarship Resources

U.S. China Strong Foundation Study Abroad Resources

The Association for Asian Studies

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia. With approximately 8,000 members worldwide, representing all the regions and countries of Asia and all academic disciplines, the AAS is the largest organization of its kind. Through its publications, online resources, regional conferences, and annual conference, the AAS provides its members with a unique and invaluable professional network.

The Association for Asian Studies also offers several grant programs for research and other studies in a variety of Asian countries.

Learn More about the Association for Asian Studies