Grants & Awards
Grants for Study Abraod or Summer Research in Asia
The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be enrolled in a college or university in the United States.
Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Students studying in Japan on summer programs are not eligible to apply.
Applications for Bridging Scholarships are accepted twice a year:
the next deadline, for students who will be studying in Japan beginning in Fall 2006, will be April 5, 2006.
Please submit three copies of all materials except letters of recommendation and transcripts. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. The results of the competition will be announced by the end of May. Selection will be made by a committee and will be based on academic potential and financial need.
Each scholarship recipient will be expected to send a brief report about his or her study in Japan to the ATJ office within 60 days of returning from abroad. These reports will be valuable both for students who plan to study abroad in Japan and for teachers and advisors who are helping students to select suitable programs of study.
For information on programs approved by the Asian Studies faculty, see Study Abroad in Japan.
New in 2001, the Freeman Awards for Study In Asia (Freeman-ASIA) offers qualified undergraduate U.S. citizens or permanent residents the financial support to travel and learn in countries in East and Southeast Asia for up to one academic year. The overall aim of the Freeman-ASIA Program is to increase greatly the number of Americans who know Asia first-hand and understand its peoples and cultures. The grants are administered by Institute for International Education (IIE), and are good for summer study (up to $3000) as well as for the academic year.
National Security Education Program
(NSEP) Grants for Study Abroad in Asia
Government-funded grants administered through the International Institute for Education(IIE), for the study abroad of the less-commonly taught languages. All Asian languages are eligible. Fund are available for summer study abroad for programs of greater than six weeks' duration, as well as for the academic year. Amount of award is determined by financial need. Government-funded scholarships for study in areas of the world outside western Europe, Recipients are required to fulfill a service requirement by working in higher education or for the US government.
Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funding for one academic year of study in another country. This award is intended to help cover round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and some educational supplies up to US$23,000 or its equivalent. Academic-Year Scholarships are the most common type of scholarship offered; nearly 1,000 were awarded for study in 2000-01.
Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country and provide funds to cover round-trip transportation, language training expenses, and homestay living arrangements, up to US$11,000 and US$17,000 respectively. Applications are considered for candidates interested in studying ... Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese ...
Contact: Brenda Werth, Scholarships Program Supervisor
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Joel Dean and Eugene M. Lang Summer Initiative Grants for Summer Research in the Social Sciences
Awards for up to $3500, for 10 weeks of full-time summer research in the social sciences. Grants support both faculty- and student-initiated projects; the application process is slightly different for each type of proposal. Priority is given to research oriented proposals; projects involving course development are not supported. Lang grants may be used to support research activities related to social service.
Eligibility: All Social Sciences faculty members whose appointments at Swarthmore will continue into the 2001-2002 academic year are eligible to sponsor or participate in these grants. Faculty proposals to work with juniors, and student initiated-proposals submitted by juniors are given priority, but sophomores may apply. Priority will be given to students whose projects clearly reflect prior academic work in the area and the potential for thesis or project work in their senior year and to students who have not received any other Swarthmore funding for research-related activities. All faculty-initiated proposals must be approved by the department of the faculty member involved. Student-initiated proposals must be approved by the department of the faculty supervisor.
Funding: The number of grants depends on the level of outside funding, which changes every year. Student-initiated projects must include a detailed budget of all expenses for no more than 10 weeks. Students engaged in joint research with faculty members will be paid $3500 for ten weeks; adjustments will be made for research projects lasting fewer than ten weeks. Budgets are therefore not required for faculty-initiated proposals.
Eugene M. Lang Summer Initiative Grant for Summer Research in the Humanities
Six awards, for up to $3500, for 10 weeks of full-time summer research in the humanities.
Eligibility: All Humanities faculty members whose appointments at Swarthmore will continue into the 2001-2002 academic year are eligible to sponsor or participate in Eugene M. Lang grants. Grants support both students working for faculty members and student-initiated projects; the application process is slightly different for each type of proposal.
All proposals must be approved by the department of the faculty member involved or if student-initiated the department of the faculty supervisor. Priority is given to research-oriented proposals and positions. Internships and other student-initiated projects are sometimes awarded less than the maximum amount. Proposals submitted by juniors are given priority, but sophomores are encouraged to apply. Priority will also be given to students whose projects clearly reflect prior academic work in the area and the potential for thesis or project work in their senior year and to students who have not received any other Swarthmore funding for research-related activities.
Grants for Asian-American Studies
Genevieve Ching-Wen Lee '96 Memorial Fund Research Grants in Asian American Studies
Up to two grants are available to Swarthmore students to assist them in projects pertaining to Asian American studies. Competition announced each Spring; watch the Weekly News.
Grants for Post Graduate Study and Work in Asia
Grants for full-year intensive study of an Asian language. Applicants must have the B.A. degree and 'be pursuing an academic, professional, or business or career that involves extensive use of a modern Asian language.
Application must be made through the College Fellowships and Prizes Committee; materials are normally due to the college by about October 25th, annually.
Fulbright Grants for an Academic Year in China
There are 2 grants available to graduating seniors and masters' candidates who have had at least 2 years college-level Mandarin.
Fulbright Grants for an Academic Year in Japan
There are 10 grants for graduating seniors to spend an academic year in Japan. All placements will be in universities outside of Tokyo. Students are expected to structure their own program of study, combining language study, selected courses, and individual research. Preference given to those with minimal exposure to Japan (six months or less).
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships in Korea
33 grants available for teaching conversational English to middle and high school students. No Korean language skills required.
Information on Mombusho (Japanese Ministry of Education) fellowships for postgraduate study in Japan.
18 grants to fund a postgraduate year in Asia, for those who have not had prior experience living in Asia, or extensive backgrounds in Asian Studies. Nominations are made by the College Fellowships and Prizes Committee. See the College Fellowships & Prizes webpage.
Watson Grants for post-graduate wandering for one year
Contact the College Office of Fellowships for more information. Applications are due early in the Fall Semester of senior year. See the College Fellowships & Prizes webpage.