Funding Your Education

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute offers funding for research, language acquisition, unpaid internships, and dissertation write-up during the summer and academic year to selected Columbia students committed to professional and academic engagement with East and Southeast Asia. Eligibility varies depending on the particular funding opportunity, so students should review the application requirements carefully before applying.

For a list of internal WEAI fellowships and grants by program level, please visit the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral student funding pages listed below:

Undergraduate Students

Master's Students

Doctoral Students


WEAI Funding Opportunities

Summer and academic year grants and fellowships provided by the WEAI. Students interested in applying for internal WEAI fellowships and grants must submit an online fellowship application at:

The application for Summer 2022 and Academic Year 2022-2023 WEAI fellowships and grants is now closed.


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Award

Each year, the Columbia University East Asia National Resource Center makes a number of Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships available to eligible undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students at Columbia and its affiliated institutions. These federally funded fellowships are designed to provide financial support to students who are pursuing training in modern foreign languages and related area studies and are available for both academic year and summer study.

Interested students must submit a separate application through the GSAS Fellowships Application Portal. For more information about FLAS application and eligibility requirements, click the link above or visit Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Science's summer FLAS, academic year FLAS, and FLAS FAQs pages. 

Applications for Summer 2022 and Academic Year 2022-2023 FLAS fellowships are now closed. 


IMPORTANT: The availability of FLAS funds for AY 2022-2023 is NOT GUARANTEED. We expect that the U.S. Department of Education will announce the availability of funds in the Spring or early Summer of 2022. You will be notified of the AY 22-23 FLAS competition results as soon as funding has been guaranteed.


Additional Funding Opportunities

A list of external funding opportunities beyond the WEAI and Columbia.