Research Programs

Center for Korean Research

Sponsoring public lectures, conferences, workshops, and cultural events on Korea-related topics, the Center of Korean Research works to advance academic knowledge and a greater public awareness of Korea in the New York City area and, more broadly, North America.


Dorothy Borg Research Program

The Dorothy Borg Research Program prepares scholars for the challenge of studying transnational issues involving the United States and East Asia and to explore new conceptual strategies and themes for understanding the study of US – East Asia.

Modern Tibetan Studies Program

Columbia’s Modern Tibetan Studies Program is the first program in the West dedicated to teaching about the society, history, culture and economics of modern Tibet.

Toyota Research Program

The Toyota Research Program, which began in 1979 with the generous support of the Toyota Motor Company provides support for advanced graduate student and faculty research on issues related to contemporary Japan and US-Japan relations. The program also sponsors a series of research lunches and dinners that provide scholars with the opportunity to exchange views with members of other institutions, government officials, business executives, and diplomats working on East Asian issues.

Vietnamese Studies Initiative

The Vietnamese Studies initiative, housed in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels focused on the society, history, politics, and culture of Vietnam from the premodern era to today, as well as language courses at all levels.

Research Opportunities

Professional Fellows Program

The Robert M. Immerman Professional Fellows Program of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute provides East Asia-focused mid-career professionals with a one-of-a-kind research and learning community at one of the world’s most prestigious universities and within a dynamic city.

Visiting Scholars Program

The Visiting Scholars Program of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute is designed to enable faculty and scholars from or with ties to East Asia to enrich their academic careers by engaging in research and scholarship related to East Asia at Columbia University.