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Robert Oppenheim, Director WCH 4.134, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 78712 • 512-471-5811

Student Fellowships

Mitsubishi Graduate Research Fellowship for Japanese Studies


Purpose: The purpose of the Mitsubishi Graduate Research Fellowship is to fund graduate student research related to the completion of a Master's Thesis or Report, a pilot project for the dissertation, a dissertation, or related publishable research.

Eligibility: Only graduate students who have completed nine or more graduate hours by the application deadline are eligible for consideration. CEAS invites applications from graduate students from throughout the university, but priority will be given to students in the College of Liberal Arts.

Allowable expenses: Grant awards may be used for expenses associated with collecting data to meet research goals such as travel to a research site in Japan, travel to a library with a strong Japan-related collection, advanced Japanese language training, or covering travel expenses associated with the presentation of preliminary research results to peers at conferences. Applicable expenses include airfare, lodging, per diem expenses, supplies necessary for the research process (e.g., film or photocopies), tuition to language programs, and other expenses necessary for completing the research or study specified in the grant.

Expenses that grants may not be used for include—but are not necessarily limited to—manuscript preparation, reprints, subventions for publication, UT tuition and fees; computer hardware, software, and supplies; equipment available for loan at the University; incidental expenses not directly related to research (e.g., parking); and support of travel to a conference where the applicant will not be presenting a paper.

Application Procedure and Deadlines:
Applications for grant awards are due annually on March 1st at the front desk of the Department of Asian Studies (WCH 4.134). We anticipate that notification of results will be given in early April.
 
Applicants must submit one hard copy of their applications to WCH 4.134 by the March 1st deadline. Applications will not be accepted via e-mail. Please include your name on all materials. Applications must include:

1. Application form (PDF);
2. Statement of research outlining the proposed research, including its goals and significance. It should be directed to an inter-disciplinary audience of peers who may not be familiar with the discipline of the applicant (limited to 500 words, double-spaced);
3. Current transcript or academic summary (available from student records; unofficial is OK);
4. Curriculum vitae (limited to three pages) (note degree of proficiency in Japanese if applicable);
5 Itemized budget (limited to one page) for the entire proposed project, showing sources of outside funding that are available, as well as documentation of airfare and other estimated expenses when applicable;
6. A letter of recommendation from a supervising professor (sent separately to the administrative associate for the Department of Asian Studies (WCH 4.134, G9300) by the deadline) describing the feasibility of the proposed study, the student's ability to carry out the research, and its importance within the larger field);
7. Documentation of permission to conduct human subjects research (if applicable) should be attained from the Office of Research Support and Compliance to demonstrate that the applicant has received official permission from the University to conduct research that involves human subjects. Some students, particularly those at early stages, may not yet have received IRB approval for their proposed research projects. If this is the case, submit a copy of the documentation that has been submitted to IRB, along with an estimated date of when you expect to receive approval, along with your application.

Amounts: The number and size of grants vary annually and in relation to the availability of funds and the number of qualified applications received.  Rarely do awards exceed $4000, and most are given for less.  Applicants are strongly advised to explore all alternative funding sources.

Requirements: Upon completion of the funded research, a written report (limited to two pages) must be submitted to the grant Committee detailing research outcomes. Titles of works submitted for publication and Master's Theses or Reports completed as a result of the research may also be required by the Center for East Asian Studies.

Grants must be activated by April 1 of the year following the award, and used solely for the purposes outlined in the application.


Application deadline is March 1.


Mitsubishi Fellowships for Japanese Studies

These fellowships are awarded to graduate students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in which the primary focus is Japan. These fellowships provide an academic-year stipend of $1,000-$5,000 and may include a waiver to entitle a student to pay in-state tuition rates, depending on funding for that year. Students do not directly apply for these fellowships, but rather are nominated by the department. Both incoming and current ANS and ACL students are eligible for these fellowships.

POSCO Graduate Research Fellowship for Korean Studies

Purpose: The purpose of the POSCO Graduate Research Fellowship is to fund research and some research-related expenses of graduate students. Only graduate students who have completed nine or more graduate hours by the time of application are eligible for consideration. CEAS invites applications from graduate students from throughout the university, but priority will be given to students in the College of Liberal Arts.

Grant awards may be used for expenses associated with collecting data to meet research goals such as travel to a research site in Korea, travel to a library with a strong Korea-related collection, advanced Korean language training, or covering travel expenses associated with the presentation of preliminary research results to peers at conferences.  Applicable expenses include airfare, per diem expenses, supplies necessary for the research process (e.g., film or photocopies), tuition to language programs, and other expenses necessary for completing the research or study specified in the grant.

Expenses that grants may not be used for include—but are not necessarily limited to—manuscript preparation, reprints, subventions for publication, UT tuition and fees, computer hardware, computer software, equipment available for loan at the University, computer supplies, incidental expenses not directly related to research (e.g., parking), and support of travel to a conference where the applicant will not be presenting a paper.

The grant application should relate to the completion of a Master's Thesis or Report, a pilot project for the dissertation, a dissertation, or related publishable research.

Application and Awards Schedule: Applications for grant awards are due March 1 of each year at the front desk of the Department of Asian Studies (WCH 4.134). We anticipate that notification of results will be given in early April.

Procedures: Applicants must submit one hard copy of their applications (professors should send recommendations separately) to WCH 4.134 by the March 1 deadline. Applications will not be accepted via e-mail. Please include your name on all materials. Applications must include:

1. Application form (PDF);
2. Statement of research (limited to 500 words, double-spaced);
3. Current transcript or academic summary (available from student records; unofficial is OK);
4. Curriculum vitae (limited to three pages), noting degree of proficiency in Korean, if applicable;
5. Itemized budget (limited to one page) for the entire proposed project, showing sources of outside funding that are available, as well as documentation of airfare and other expenses when applicable;
6. A letter of recommendation from a supervising professor (sent separately).
7. Documentation of permission to conduct human subjects research (if applicable).

The Statement of Research should outline the proposed research, including its goals and significance. It should be directed to an inter-disciplinary audience of peers who may not be familiar with the discipline of the applicant.

The Letter of Recommendation should discuss the feasibility of the proposed study, describe the student's ability to carry out the research, and explain the importance of the project within the larger field. Professors should send letters directly to the administrative associate for the Department of Asian Studies (WCH 4.134, G9300) before the deadline.

The Itemized Budget should demonstrate financial need. It should include the degree and nature of support already available for the project, and note other sources of funding. If the proposal involves air travel, please attach documentation of airfare from a travel agency.

Documentation of Permission to do Human Subjects Research, if applicable, should be attained from the Office of Research Support and Compliance to demonstrate that the applicant has received official permission from the University to conduct research that involves human subjects. Some students, particularly those at early stages, may not yet have received IRB approval for their proposed research projects. If this is the case, submit a copy of the documentation that has been submitted to IRB, along with an estimated date of when you expect to receive approval, along with your application.

Amounts: The number and size of grants vary annually and in relation to the availability of funds and the number of qualified applications received.  Rarely do awards exceed $4000, and most are given for less.  Applicants are strongly advised to explore all alternative funding sources.

Requirements: Upon completion of the funded research, a written report (limited to two pages) must be submitted to the grant Committee detailing research outcomes. Titles of works submitted for publication and Master's Theses or Reports completed as a result of the research may also be required by the Center for East Asian Studies. If you are applying for funding to attend a conference, please have your recommender describe the importance of this conference in your field.

Grants must be activated by April 1 of the year following the award, and used solely for the purposes outlined in the application.

Application deadline is March 1.

POSCO Fellowship for Korean Studies

These fellowships are awarded to graduate students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in which the primary focus is Korea. These fellowships provide an academic-year stipend of $1,000-$5,000 and may include a waiver to entitle a student to pay in-state tuition rates, depending on funding for that year. Students do not directly apply for these fellowships, but rather are nominated by the department. Both incoming and current ANS and ACL students are eligible for these fellowships.

China Endowment Conference Travel Grant for Graduate Students

This grant is awarded to graduate students in the Department of Asian Studies to help subsidize the presentation of a China-related paper at an academic conference. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a graduate degree program in the Department of Asian Studies and have a paper accepted at an upcoming academic conference. Preference will be given to doctoral students whose primary research focus is China, particularly those who are active participants in the Center for East Asian Studies. Grants of up to $300 will be awarded at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. Grand awards are limited to a combined total of $900 per individual over a student's entire graduate enrollment.

To apply, please send the following materials (combined in a single document) to the China Endowment Coordinator chinaendowment@utlists.utexas.edu:
  1. Name, date, and location of the conference
  2. Title of paper and abstract
  3. Copy of acceptance letter
  4. Rough budget including other potential sources of funding

Applications are due by November 1 for Fall awards and by March 1 for Spring awards.

Chinese Language Study in Taiwan

The Ministry of Education in Taiwan has granted The University of Texas at Austin a year-long fellowship for language study in Taiwan.  The scholarship provides a monthly stipend of NT$25,000 (approximately US$735).  Recipients are responsible for their own airfare, tuition, and expenses. Interested students should download the MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program information and application form from the website of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston and read the "Guideline for 2010 MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship" document to determine if they are eligible to apply.

The Department of Asian Studies will be able to nominate one candidate for a guaranteed award. The application cycle for the 2010 awards has already passed. Please check back at a later date for more information when the fellowship application cycle will be open. The nominated candidate is required to take the Test of Proficiency-Huayu (TOP) in Houston.  Questions about this scholarship may be addressed to Dr. Camilla Hsieh (WCH 5.124).

Students can also apply for the scholarship directly with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, which accepts applications from early February to late March.

Ward Endowed Fellowship

Offered through the College of Liberal Arts, this fellowship supports graduate student research and writing and for short-term periods of foreign study or academic travel and/or work experience

The competition for the Tom and Martha Ward Endowed Fellowships is now open for qualified graduate students. Fellowships of $1,000 - $4,000 will be awarded in the fall semester. Application deadline is in February of the Spring Semester.

Purpose of Award

To support graduate student research and writing and for short-term periods of foreign study or academic travel and/or work experience.

Eligibility Criteria

  • For Liberal Arts graduate students with demonstrated scholarship in the fields of political or economic development
  • American foreign relations related to Asia with preference for Southeast Asia or China
  • Evidence of leadership and interest in public and private international careers
Please visit the COLA listing for the Ward Endowed Fellowship for more information.

Other UT Sources

  • Harry Ransom Research Fellowship - The Ransom Center annually awards 50 fellowships to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

Non-UT Sources

  • Asian Cultural Council -  The Asian Cultural Council is a not-for-profit foundation supporting cultural exchange in the visual and performing arts between the United States and Asia, and between the countries of Asia.
  • The Asia Foundation - The Asia Foundation invites graduate students and recent graduate degree holders to apply for a limited number of opportunities as Junior Associates in Asian Affairs in the Foundation’s offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) - ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.
  • Aurora Foundation - Japanese Language Scholarship to enhance the curriculum of those already currently teaching or wishing to teach Japanese.
  • Blakemore Foundation -  to encourage the advanced study of Asian languages and to improve the understanding of Asian fine arts in the United States.
  • David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships - Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.
  • Communities Foundation of Texas - Dallas International Cultural and Social Circle Scholarship: Scholarships of up to $3,000 per year awarded to one or more to junior or senior college students or graduate students who are pursuing either a major or minor in a foreign language, including English as a second language.
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers  - CAORC Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D.
  • Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship Program - The purpose of the fellowship is to provide individuals with the opportunity to pursue research on East, Southeast, and/or South Asia (including the overseas Asian communities), using the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
  • Fulbright International Education Administrators Program - The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars program helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. 
  • Jacob K. Javitz Fellowship - This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Kobe Corportation, Japan Education Exchange - The Graduate Fellowships Program funds qualified graduate students for one year of research of study in Japan. 
  • The Language Flagship Fellowships - The Language Flagship offers a limited number of fellowships to qualified American students interested in receiving financial support to participate in one of the Flagship Programs in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, and Persian.
  • The National Bureau of Asian Research - NBR provides internship and fellowship opportunities for the purposes of attracting and training the next generation of Asia specialists.
  • Research Grant in East Asian Studies - The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, invite applications for two $1,500 grants to support research in the library's Prange Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960.
  • Social Science Research Council - The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of social science research and scholarship.
  • Spencer Foundation - The Foundation is intended to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. There are various fellowships for those interested in Education.
  • United Nations Internship Programme - The United Nations provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate programme to undertake an internship at any of its headquarters in various world locations.
  • United Nations ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) - UNESCAP provides opportunities for students who are enrolled in graduate programmes to undertake an internship with one of its diverse range of divisions and agencies, most of which are located at its Bangkok headquarters.
  • U.S. Scholars Core Fulbright Scholars Program - The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
  • United States Institute of Peace - The Grant and Fellowship Program expands the work of the Institute by investing in individuals, universities, nonprofit organizations and civil society organizations around the world.
  • The Wenner Gren Foundation - supports worldwide research in all branches of anthropology.
  • William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship - The fellowship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI (Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation).  Through this fellowship, PSI seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. 
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars - The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars supports research in the social sciences and humanities.

Undergraduates

Information for undergraduate funding can be accessed via the Department of Asian Studies website here.

For more information on funding, please consult the Department of Asian Studies section on Financial Aid.

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