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 please review the application materials carefully before applying.


WEAI Funding Opportunities

Grants, and fellowships provided by WEAI. Students should submit completed applications with references by Friday, March 12th, 2021.

Applications for 2021-2022 WEAI Fellowships and Grants will be available on January 20th, 2021. 

To apply, visit:


Funding for Prospective Students

Merit-based fellowships awarded to incoming students. 


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Award

Summer and academic year fellowships provided by the Department of Education to pursue advanced language study through domestic or international programs.

See the GSAS website for more details about the FLAS application process and eligibility requirements for summer and academic year FLAS fellowships. 


Applications for 2021-2022 Summer and Academic Year FLAS awards are now live and will close on February 11th, 2021 at 1:00 pm EDT. 

Apply through GSAS


Additional Funding Opportunities

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