WEAI Funding Opportunities

The application for all WEAI Summer 2020 and Academic Year 2020-2021 fellowships are closed. Applications for Summer 2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022 will be available in Spring 2021.

Fellowship Information Sessions:

  • none are currently scheduled

Information Session details forthcoming.

 

Weatherhead Training Grants

Provide support for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students for projects and research in East Asia that develop academic and/or professional expertise. See specific awards for more details.

Provides up to $2,500 in support to undergraduate students for summer projects in East Asia that develop academic and/or professional expertise.  Examples of eligible projects include research or a secured, uncompensated internship. Projects involving a single East Asian country are eligible, and priority will be given to projects that cross traditional disciplinary, geographic, or temporal boundaries, as well as to applicants with a commitment to making East Asia a part of their long-term careers.

  • Eligibility

    • Undergraduate students matriculated in Barnard College, Columbia College, SEAS, and the School of General Studies

    • Minimum GPA of 3.5

    • Completed at least two courses in East Asian studies before applying

  • Students seeking funding for an unpaid internship may apply for the grant even if they have not yet secured an internship; however, any grant offer would be contingent upon confirmation of the internship. If arrangements with a potential organization are at an advanced stage at the time of the application deadline, students are encouraged to provide relevant documentation (email correspondence, letter from the potential host organization, etc.) with the rest of their application materials.

  • Average of six to eight awards per summer

  • Selection criteria include:

    • Academic excellence

    • Demonstrated commitment to East Asia, and to incorporating it in one’s long-term academic or professional career goals

Provides up to $3,000 in support of research or internships in East Asia. Priority is given to projects that develop academic and/or professional expertise that crosses traditional disciplinary, geographic, or temporal boundaries, and/or combines regional and functional expertise. Examples of projects for submission would include, but are not limited to, research trips, unpaid internships, and summer acquisition of a second language. Priority is also given to applicants committed to making East Asia a part of their long-term career.

  • Eligibility:

    • M.A. students in GSAS and all professional schools

  • Students seeking funding for an unpaid internship may apply for the grant even if they have not yet secured an internship; however, any grant offer would be contingent upon confirmation of the internship. If arrangements with a potential organization are at an advanced stage at the time of the application deadline, students are encouraged to provide relevant documentation (email correspondence, letter from the potential host organization, etc.) with the rest of their application materials.

  • Average of six awards per summer

  • Selection criteria include:

    • Academic excellence

    • Demonstrated commitment to East Asia, and to incorporating it in one’s long-term academic or professional career goals

Provides up to $4,000 to Ph.D. students in support of projects that develop academic expertise that crosses traditional disciplinary, geographic, and temporal boundaries. Examples of projects for submission would include, but are not limited to, acquisition of a second language or other skills, research trips exploring opportunities in Asia, work in new modes of inquiry into the region and its problems, and internships. Priority will be given to students whose projects that take them to East Asia, assist in the development of a student’s dissertation through field or archival work or the acquisition of new skills, are undertaken during the first and second years of a student’s matriculation at Columbia (and up to third year in the case of students entering without a master’s degree), or link to WEAI projects that promote collaboration with scholars and institutions in the region.

  • Eligibility:

    • Ph.D. students

  • Students seeking funding for an unpaid internship may apply for the grant even if they have not yet secured an internship; however, any grant offer would be contingent upon confirmation of the internship. If arrangements with a potential organization are at an advanced stage at the time of the application deadline, students are encouraged to provide relevant documentation (email correspondence, letter from the potential host organization, etc.) with the rest of their application materials.

  • Average of 20 awards per summer

  • Selection criteria include:

    • Academic excellence

    • Demonstrated commitment to East Asia, and to incorporating it in one’s long-term academic or professional career goals

  • Preference given to applicants whose projects:

        • Take them to East Asia and/or Southeast Asia

        • Assist in the development of a student’s dissertation through field or archival work or the acquisition of new skills

        • Are undertaken during the first and second years of a student’s matriculation at Columbia, and up to the third year for students entering without a masters degree

        • Link to WEAI projects that promote collaboration with scholars and institutions in the region

  • Priority is given to students who have not secured multiple years of funding

Theodore de Bary Undergraduate Language Study Fellowship 

Provides a maximum award of $10,000 for intensive summer study of an approved language. This award is open only to non-U.S. citizens and non-Permanent Residents. Recipients must be enrolled in a credible program of instruction approved by the Fellowships Committee.

  • Eligibility
     
    • Non-U.S. Citizens

    • Open to Columbia University undergraduate students

    • For advanced (3rd year or above or 2nd year or above for Tibetan) East Asian language study, or for beginning or intermediate study for students who have already attained the advanced level in another East Asian language

  • Eligible East Asian languages:
     
    • Chinese (at 3rd year level or above)

    • Japanese (at 3rd year level or above)
       
    • Korean (at 3rd year level or above)

    • Tibetan (at 2rd year level or above)

  • For a full-time course of summer language study in the United States or abroad

  • One award available for Summer 2020

  • Selection criteria:
     
    • Academic excellence

    • Commitment to the language and using it as part of long-term academic or professional career goals

Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF)

Awards provide partial support, travel and/or cost of living to graduate students pursuing academic focused on East or Southeast Asia. Please see specific awards for more details.

Provides partial support, travel and/or cost of living to graduate students (amount varies between $1,000 and $3,000) to conduct summer research or to serve in an internship in East or Southeast Asia. Priority will be given to students for research or secured internships in Southeast Asia and to students who wish to use their research or internship to expand their expertise beyond their main country of interest. Projects focused on politics, economy, business, international and public affairs, law, society, and media in modern Southeast Asia or East Asia (excluding Japan) are eligible.

  • Eligibility:

    • All GSAS, Teachers College, and professional school (Business, Journalism, Law, Public Health, Medical, Social Work, SOA, SIPA) students

  • Students seeking an internship may apply for the grant even if they have not yet secured an internship; however, any grant offer would be contingent upon confirmation of the internship.

  • Projects dealing with Japan are not eligible

  • Average of seven awards per summer.

  • Selection criteria include

    • Academic excellence

    • Demonstrated commitment to Southeast or East Asia, and to incorporating it in one’s long-term academic or professional career goals

Provides academic year support to advanced doctoral students in East Asian studies who are completing coursework, pursuing dissertation research, or at the dissertation write-up stage. Priority will be given to students whose research focuses on Southeast Asia and on regional or cross-national issues in East Asia. Doctoral work focused on politics, economy, business, international and public affairs, law, society, and media in modern East Asia are eligible. Award amounts will be based on need and available funds.

  • Eligibility:

    • Advanced Ph.D. students (completing coursework, pursuing dissertation research, or in the dissertation write-up phase)

    • Priority will be given to students whose research focuses on Southeast Asia and on regional or cross-national issues in East Asia

    • Projects dealing with Japan are not eligible

  • One to two awards per academic year

Dissertation Write-Up Funding for PhD Students 

One award is available for the academic year to a social science or history doctoral student at the write-up stage of their dissertation, whose research is focused on East Asia. Provides matriculation and fees plus a stipend. Preference is given to students focusing on modern Chinese history or political science.

  • Eligibility
     
    • Ph.D. students doing dissertation write-up

    • Research focus on modern Chinese history or political science

    • Any social science discipline, including history

    • Preference will be given to students in the fifth year and beyond

One award is available for the academic year to a student at the write-up stage of their dissertation. Provides matriculation and fees plus a stipend. Candidates must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a history or social science department, and have a research focus on China. Award amounts will be based on need and available funds. 

  • Eligibility
     
    • Ph.D. students doing dissertation research or write-up

    • Research focus on China

    • Any social science discipline

    • Preference will be given to students in the fifth year and beyond

One award is available for the academic year to a student at the write-up stage of their dissertation. Provides matriculation and fees plus a stipend. Candidates must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a history or social science department, and have a research focus on China. Award amounts will be based on need and available funds. 

  •  Eligibility
    • Ph.D. students doing dissertation research or write-up

    • Research focus on China

    • Any social science discipline

    • Preference will be given to students in the fifth year and beyond

The Weatherhead East Asian Remote Dissertation Research Grant for the academic year 2020-2021 is open to graduate scholars conducting remote dissertation research in the field of modern East, Southeast, and Inner Asian studies. The grant is intended to help students whose work has been inhibited due to travel restrictions as a result of the ongoing pandemic and/or current geopolitical tensions, and will be awarded as a stipend of up to $2,000. The funds may be used to hire research assistants to visit archives, libraries and collections abroad, facilitate research collaboration, purchase subscriptions to online research and archival databases, and for other activities, as approved by the committee.

  •  Eligibility
    • PhD students from across disciplines at Columbia University with a research focus on modern East, Southeast, and Inner Asia are welcome to apply.

    • Applications will be accepted and awarded on a rolling basis until the funds have been exhausted.

  • Application Requirements

    • A Completed application form

    • A copy of a recent CV

Application form here

Submit the documents to Student Affairs Coordinator to Elizabeth Peiffer at ep3021@columbia.edu.

Application Procedures for Internal WEAI Funding

Please note: the following procedures apply to ALL opportunities listed above. For application procedures for the FLAS and the AKS and CKR Fellowship, please refer to the individual award description.  

Students may submit an online fellowship application at http://weai.smapply.io.

All online fellowship applications require the following:

  • Application Form

  • Project Proposal

  • CV

  • Official Columbia University Transcript

  • Letters of Recommendation*

  • Additional Fellowship Specific-Materials (If Applicable)

*Please note the Weatherhead Ph.D. Training Grant and EALAC Summer Grant do not require letters of recommendation. Dissertation Write-Up Grants require two letters of recommendation. All other fellowships require one letter of recommendation.

  1. Application for multiple grants and fellowships are allowed.

  2. Fellowship and grant recipients must be current Columbia University students during the term of the funded project. Students graduating in May 2020 are not eligible.

  3. One set of Columbia transcripts and reference letters may be submitted for application to multiple grants and fellowships (Exception: Applications for FLAS, as they are submitted separately, must include a complete set of application materials).

  4. Students seeking funding for an unpaid internship may apply for the grant even if they have not yet secured an internship; however, any grant offer would be contingent upon confirmation of the internship. If arrangements with a potential organization are at an advanced stage at the time of the application deadline, students are encouraged to provide relevant documentation (email correspondence, letter from the potential host organization, etc.) with the rest of their application materials.

  5. Application materials will not be returned.

  6. Only application materials requested for each fellowship and grant will be reviewed.

  7. Application materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

  8. A committee of Weatherhead East Asian Institute faculty members makes all fellowship and grant determinations.

  9. Fellowship and grant awards will be announced as soon as possible, no later than the end of April following the application deadline.

  10. Students who receive an award will be required to submit a one to two page summary of their supported project activities by the end of the grant period.

  11. Grantees agree to comply with Columbia University’s policies on human subject research, if applicable. Information can be found here.

  12. Grantees must report to the Weatherhead East Asian Institute any additional funds, such as another grant they receive in support of the same activities. The total amount of funding received for the project must not exceed the limits dictated by the student’s school. Should a student receive multiple sources of funding for the same project, the WEAI will adjust or withdraw the amount granted to the student so as to remain below the cap dictated by the student’s school.