Other Sources of Funding

AKS Fellowship Program for Korean Studies

The Academy of Korean Studies runs the “AKS Fellowship Program for Korean Studies” in order to provide international scholars with an opportunity to carry out their research(dissertation research).

The Alliance Program: Call for Doctoral Mobility

Created in 2002, the Alliance Program is a transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University, the Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. The Alliance Calls for Doctoral Mobility are intended to promote and finance transatlantic projects of the highest quality proposed by doctoral students from one partner institution and supported by a professor in the host institution.

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

AAS offers a wide variety of grants for scholars and researchers focusing on East Asia. This list is organized by geographical region and includes China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

The Blakemore Foundation

Funding for the advanced study of East and Southeast Asian languages and the improvement of understanding of Asian fine arts in the United States.

Boren Awards

Boren Scholars and Fellows study a wide range of critical languages. Boren Awards are available to students of all proficiency levels who are committed to enhancing their skills.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan.

Chinese Government Scholarships

Chinese Government Scholarship scheme was established by the Ministry of Education of China in accordance with educational exchange agreements or understandings reached between the Chinese government and the governments of other countries, educational organs, institutions and relevant international organizations to provide full scholarship and partial scholarship to the international students and scholars.

Chinese Language Fellowship Program (CLFP)

To better understand China and formulate effective policy, the United States needs to train a new generation of scholars who possess a deep understanding of China’s contemporary politics, society, and modern history, as well as fluency in Chinese language. CLFP addresses these needs by providing fellowships to American PhD students so that they can devote one year to intensive Chinese language training at an institution of the fellow’s choice, generally in China or Taiwan. The fellowship is intended to cover all expenses at a graduate student level, including tuition, housing living stipend, and other miscellaneous fees.

Colin Powell Leadership Program

This program will provide paid fellowships to recent college graduates and paid internships to students who are enrolled at accredited institutions of higher education. Both paths may lead to full-time employment opportunities at the Department and are focused on developing future leaders through training, mentoring, and on-the-job experience to provide them with the skills, tools, and resources needed for long-term success at the Department.

Confucius Institute Scholarships

The Confucius Institute Scholarship program was established by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in order to encourage students and Chinese language teachers all over the world to study Chinese or conduct research regarding Chinese language and culture in China. Scholarships are offered for a Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL), and one academic year or one academic semester study in China. Click here for additional info.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

A program of the U.S. Department of State, students are provided a scholarship to study abroad for eight to ten weeks to learn one of 15 different languages offered, including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. During the program, students will learn an academic year's worth of the language they will be studying. 

EALAC at Columbia

Please refer to the EALAC (East Asian Languages and Cultures) department website for more opportunities. 

Eisenhower Global Scholars

Eisenhower Global Scholars, typically 20 to 30 years old, will spend a full academic year of intensive postgraduate study and hands-on work experience at Oxford leading to the following degrees:

  • Master in Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford in England, for students focused on public service and effective governance.
  • Master in International Relations from the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University, in Spain, for students focused on the global economy, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Esherick-Ye Family Foundation

The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation (EYFF) was founded in 2016 by Joseph W. Esherick and his wife Ye Wa to support research on Chinese history and archaeology, fields to which they have devoted a lifetime of scholarship. EYFF grants of up to $6000 are generally intended to support travel to China for archival research and/or fieldwork on topics focused on modern Chinese economic, social and political history or the archaeology of China. 

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

The primary goal of Freeman-ASIA is to increase the number of American undergraduate students to study in East and Southeast Asia, by providing them with the information and the financial assistance they will need.

Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

GSAS Fellowship & Grant Database

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences database for non-Columbia fellowship and grant opportunities.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers six to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research about US Indigenous or non-US cultures and societies. The IDRF program especially welcomes applications from underrepresented institutions. Sixty fellowships are awarded annually. 

Japan Directory: Grants and Aids

List of scholarships available in Japan by category

Japan Foundation New York Office

Support for doctoral and postdoctoral research on Japan.

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) 

Supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, JASSO provides opportunities for students to study in Japan. 

Korea Foundation

Support for Korean studies.

Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Program

Seeks to develop undergraduate research and leadership skills by supporting first-year students who wish to pursue innovative projects and community engagement that will help them develop the knowledge and skills to serve as future leaders in their respective fields.

Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies

In cooperation with the Henry Luce Foundation, ACLS is convening scholars at all ranks, higher education leaders, journalists, and other readers of research and writing on China to re-imagine and transform our program to meet the needs of China studies in the 21st century. ACLS is offering two types of fellowship (long-term and flexible research fellowships) to support research, writing, and curriculum development, as well as a Summer Institute for Fellows.

Luce Scholars

Established in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship that offers early-career leaders immersive, professional experiences in Asia. We aim to forge stronger relationships across geographic borders by creating opportunities for young Americans to deepen their ties and understanding of the countries, cultures, and people of Asia. 

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program provides valuable research training, faculty mentorship, and financial support for undergraduate students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in the professoriate, and whose intellectual and social commitments embody those of the late Dr. Benjamin Mays.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowships support graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who show promise of leading their fields in important new directions. The fellowships are designed to intervene at the formative stage of dissertation development, before research and writing are advanced. The program seeks to expand the range of research methodologies, formats, and areas of inquiry traditionally considered suitable for the dissertation, with a particular focus on supporting scholars who can build a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable academy.

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Various grants awarded for projects involving research in Japan. 

Mitsubishi Trust Yamamuro Memorial Scholarship

Support for Columbia University students under 35 years old domiciled in the United States, wishing to study at a university or college in Japan (at either the graduate or undergraduate level), and intending to become engaged in business or academia as a lifetime pursuit.

National Science Foundation (NSF) 

This government agency has a list of numerous funding opportunities for graduate students (mostly PhD) in a diverse array of subject matter including anthropology, security studies, human environment.

Princeton in Asia (PiA) Fellowship

Princeton in Asia (PiA) is an independent, non-profit organization located at Princeton University. Founded by students in 1898, the program has long been driven by a mission to foster cross-cultural understanding between East and West, broadly defined. PiA offers year-long, service-oriented fellowships in 21 Asian countries, including China, in the fields of education, international development, public health, environmental advocacy, journalism and business, with a majority of fellows working as English teachers at universities and high schools. 

Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

Launched in 2014, the Program in Buddhist Studies, administered by the American Council of Learned Societies, has promoted the academic study of Buddhism and the dissemination of knowledge of Buddhism through support for dissertations, research, and writing, and by assisting institutions to establish new, tenure-track teaching positions.  

Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students can pursue a degree in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies. Schwarzman Scholars receive tuition and a stipend, room and board, RT travel, and an in-country study tour.

Scholarships for Study in Taiwan

Funding opportunities available through the Cultural Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.

Social Science Research Council

The site has various fellowships that may apply to research in East Asia studies.

US Department of State Internships/Fellowships

This site has several different programs, internships, and fellowships for students interested in foreign affairs. EducationUSA has information for international students.