Student Prizes and Fellowships

The Center for East Asian Studies provides limited funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in East Asian Studies.

Eligibility for each type of award varies. Please read the description carefully. Unless otherwise noted, all applications must be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. PST on the day of the stated deadline.

PRIZES

Connie Chin Memorial Prize for Writing in East Asian Studies

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Photo of Connie Chin

The Connie Chin Memorial Writing in East Asian Studies recognizes and rewards outstanding examples of writing in an essay, term paper, or thesis produced during the current academic year, in any area of East Asian Studies, broadly defined. It is dedicated to beloved colleague Connie Chin (1946-2020), who enjoyed a 44-year career at Stanford beginning in 1976, moving several times between the Center of East Asian Studies and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, where she spent her last 13 years as Department Manager.

Born Constance Miriam Powell in Long Beach, California in 1946, as the daughter of a US Navy supply officer she lived in several locations – California, Guam, Shawnee OK, Gulfport MI, Alexandria VA, Bainbridge MD, Isle of Palms SC – before attending Oberlin College and Conservatory where she nurtured her cultural curiosity and passion for music. After graduating from college in 1968, Connie pursued her interest in journalism and China, living briefly in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood before moving to Hong Kong, where she studied Chinese language at New Asia College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and became the first American journalist to write for the Hong Kong desk at the then-independent British-owned newspaper South China Morning Post. Seeking to become fluent in Mandarin, she moved to Taiwan in 1971 and found a job as an English instructor at Tunghai University where she met Ernest Ching-Yi Chin, a fellow English instructor, whom she married in 1972 atop Yangminshan. Shortly after moving to the Bay Area, she began working at Stanford, and her tenure here was marked by a sincere and deep investment in the intellectual life of our community. She took a keen interest in faculty and student projects, attended talks and presentations regularly, and helped create or manage many enduring aspects of the East Asian Studies community at Stanford, including the Horizons alumni newsletter, the Silk Road Lecture Series, and the Center for Buddhist Studies. Connie’s interests were diverse and her curiosity was insatiable; she was a dedicated and long-term cellist in the Palo Alto Philharmonic; a serious practitioner of Taiji who could often be seen practicing in the department building courtyard; and an avid traveler who embraced adventure--including her 1979 trip to mainland China to meet her in-laws for the first time with their 3-year old son in tow, shortly after the Carter Administration established US-China relations. Connie was also deeply studious and, at the age of 66, completed a master’s degree in History at San Jose State University, writing on cenobitic monastic traditions in 6th-century Central Asia. This writing prize encourages graduate students in the Center for East Asian Studies and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures to strive for excellence in all aspects of the professional and personal lives, and celebrates Connie's nearly a half-century as a cornerstone of the East Asian Studies community at Stanford. The prize will be awarded at a special ceremony in the fall and the first place winner will receive a certificate and $500.

Application Deadline: May 31 annually

Eligible Students: Currently-enrolled CEAS & EALC graduate students only

Application Instructions: Submit the following items by email to John Groschwitz, CEAS Associate Director:

  • Current CV
  • One paper/essay (minimum 20 pages double-spaced, Times 12pt., 1″ margins, prefaced by abstract no longer that 300 words)
  • One recommendation letter from a Stanford professor (emailed by the professor directly to CEAS)

Korea Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies

The Korea Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies recognizes and rewards outstanding examples of writing in an essay, term paper, or thesis produced during the current academic year in any discipline within the area of Korean Studies, broadly defined. This competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The prize will be awarded at a special ceremony in the fall and the first place winner will receive a certificate and $1,000; Honorable Mention winner(s) will receive a certificate.

Application Deadline: May 31 annually

Eligible Students: All currently-enrolled Stanford students

Application Instructions: Submit the following items by email to John Groschwitz, CEAS Associate Director:

  • Current CV
  • One Korean Studies paper/essay (minimum 20 pages double-spaced, Times 12pt., 1″ margins)
  • One recommendation letter from a Stanford professor (emailed by the professor directly to CEAS)
UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS

Supplementary Grants for Undergraduate Fieldwork in East Asia

The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) sponsors several types of grants designed to support rigorous, independent undergraduate research in all disciplines. CEAS provides a small supplement for students who receive East Asia-related UAR grants but require additional funding. Funds available first-come, first-served until exhausted. 

Application Deadline: Rolling applications

Eligible Students: All currently-enrolled Stanford undergraduate students

Application Instructions: Submit the following items by email to John Groschwitz, CEAS Associate Director:

  • UAR-approved project proposal
  • UAR grant confirmation email
  • Travel budget

If your grant requires travel, you must use Stanford Travel booking channels to book your travel and accommodations. These channels can only be used for approved University-sponsored travel. Please contact CEAS staff with any questions about booking travel through the Stanford travel channels.


Stanford Global Studies Internship Program

See the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program website for complete information.

Contact email: GlobalInternships@stanford.edu

Application Deadline: See website

Eligible Students: All currently-enrolled Stanford undergraduate and coterm students

Application Instructions: See website


East Asia Undergraduate Summer Language Study Grants

Undergraduate Summer Language Study Grants provide partial funding to support Stanford undergraduates who study an approved language (Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese) in a full-time, pre-approved, accredited overseas summer language program. Applicants must have completed at least first-year language courses before the fellowship commences. Preference will be given to East Asian Studies majors and minors and to students who have taken two or more East Asian Studies content courses.

Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

Eligible Students: All currently-enrolled Stanford undergraduate students

Application Instructions: https://solo.stanford.edu/opportunities/east-asia-undergraduate-summer-language-study-grants-2021 (redirects to solo.stanford.edu)

If your grant requires travel, you must use Stanford Travel booking channels to book your travel and accommodations. These channels can only be used for approved University-sponsored travel. Please contact CEAS staff with any questions about booking travel through the Stanford travel channels.

 


Undergraduate Academic-Year East Asia FLAS Fellowships

Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide $10,000 in tuition and $5,000 stipend for undergraduate students in any discipline for intensive language study at Stanford during the academic year—at the intermediate (2nd year) or advanced (3rd year+) level—in conjunction with international or area studies courses. Students must enroll in both language (Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese) and area-studies courses simultaneously during the entire period of award. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be deemed eligible by the University for at least $15,000 in financial aid to receive the award. Grants subject to final approval from the Department of Education.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

Eligible Students: Currently-enrolled Stanford undergraduate students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)

Application Instructions: https://solo.stanford.edu/opportunities/undergraduate-academic-year-east-asia-flas-fellowships-2021-22 (redirects to solo.stanford.edu)

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS

Conference Travel Grants

These ad hoc grants support Stanford graduate students presenting East-Asia related papers at major academic or professional conferences. Awards of up to $500 are paid as reimbursement after completion of travel to offset hotel fees, conference registration, and travel costs. Both U.S. and international students are eligible to apply. Funds available first-come, first-served until exhausted. Students may receive no more than two CEAS travel grant awards per fiscal year. Along with the completed and adviser-signed travel grant application form, students should also submit a letter of invitation and/or paper acceptance, along with a conference schedule/brochure showing their name as a presenter. Papers topics should be largely East Asia related--more general or theoretical topics may be rejected. Grant applications must be submitted prior to participation--retroactive applications will be rejected.

Beginning June 14, 2021, university-sponsored international travel for faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars may be permitted by prior approval if: (1) travel is for essential research or essential education as evaluated by the traveler’s school or department, and (2) with proof that the traveler is fully vaccinated. International travel is not permitted without prior approval. Please see the travel policy page for the most up-to-date guidance on university-sponsored travel. 

Application Deadline: Rolling applications

Eligible Students: All currently-enrolled Stanford graduate students

Application Instructions:

1. Complete the online application form

2. Upload a filled in, adviser-signed Student Travel Certification Form: https://web.stanford.edu/group/fms/fingate/docs/certification_student.pdf

        Choose checkbox #2 "related to presenting at a conference"

        Complete business purpose details 

        Leave "Expense Request Transaction #" blank

        Have adviser sign and date.

3. Upload a copy of your acceptance letter/email

4. Upload a copy of conference program (if available)

5. Submit the Travel and/or Field Research Approval form.

Once your travel grant is approved, you are required to use Stanford Travel booking channels to book your travel and accommodations. These channels can only be used for approved University-sponsored travel. Please contact CEAS staff with any questions about booking travel through the Stanford travel channels.

 


East Asia Graduate Summer Grants 

These grants provide continuing registered Stanford M.A. and Ph.D. students funding for academically related summer work such as formal language training, required coursework, field work, dissertation research, or dissertation write-up.  Both U.S. and international students are eligible to apply.  U.S. citizens and permanent residents who plan to undertake intensive advanced language study, either at Stanford or an approved overseas institution, may be awarded funding from the Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program, which carries with it additional testing and reporting requirements.  Projects should be focused on topics related to East Asia, broadly defined.  Language study is generally undertaken in an approved language (Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese); other languages by petition. 

If your grant requires travel, once it is approved you are required to use Stanford Travel booking channels to book your travel and accommodations. These channels can only be used for approved University-sponsored travel. Please contact CEAS staff with any questions about booking travel through the Stanford travel channels.

Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

Eligible Students: All currently-enrolled Stanford graduate students

Application Instructions: https://solo.stanford.edu/opportunities/east-asia-graduate-summer-grants-2021 (redirects to solo.stanford.edu)

 


Study of Women in Asia Academic-Year Fellowships

This competitive fellowship is open to both U.S. and international students and provides $15,000 in stipend plus three quarters TGR tuition for one academic year, to support thesis/dissertation research or dissertation write-up on topics related to women in Asia. Stanford graduate students in any discipline conducting research on topics concerning women in Asia are eligible to apply. This fellowship may also be used to support graduate coursework, though students taking graduate coursework that will apply towards their degree will need to make up the difference between TGR tuition and full enrollment rates.

Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

Eligible Students: All currently-enrolled Stanford graduate students

Application Instructions: https://solo.stanford.edu/opportunities/study-women-asia-academic-year-fellowships-2021-22 (redirects to solo.stanford.edu)

 


Graduate Academic-Year East Asia FLAS Fellowships

Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and stipend for students in M.A. or Ph.D. programs who plan to undertake intensive language study in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Tibetan, or Vietnamese during the academic year, either at Stanford or an approved overseas institution, in conjunction with area studies courses. Students must enroll in both language and area-studies courses during the entire period of award, as well as complete specific testing and reporting requirements. Language courses should be at the intermediate level (2nd year) or higher, but preference is given to students pursuing advanced language training (3rd year or higher); first-year language courses may be considered in rare cases where applicants have already attained advanced proficiency in one language and the second language is necessary to fulfill degree requirements.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to apply. Grants subject to final approval from the Department of Education.

Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

Eligible Students: Currently-enrolled Stanford graduate students

Application Instructions: https://solo.stanford.edu/opportunities/graduate-academic-year-east-asia-flas-fellowships-2021-22 (redirects to solo.stanford.edu)

CEAS M.A.-ONLY GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS

Academic-year East Asia FLAS Fellowships for Incoming CEAS Students

Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and stipend for students in the M.A. program who plan to undertake intensive language study in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Tibetan, or Vietnamese at Stanford during the academic year, in conjunction with area studies courses. Students must enroll in both language and area-studies courses during the entire period of award, as well as complete specific testing and reporting requirements. Language courses should be at the intermediate level (2nd year) or higher, but preference is given to students pursuing advanced language training (3rd year or higher); first-year language courses may be considered in rare cases where applicants have already attained advanced proficiency in one language and the second language is necessary to fulfill degree requirements.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to apply. Grants subject to final approval from the Department of Education. All Applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for this award.

Application Deadline: January 27, 2021

Eligible Students: Incoming CEAS M.A. applicants (U.S. citizens and permanent residents)

Application Instructions: Application link and instructions sent to applicants in December


 

Stanford Global Studies Internship Program

See the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program website for complete information.
Contact email: GlobalInternships@stanford.edu

Application Deadline: See website

Eligible Students: CEAS M.A. students only

Application Instructions: See website

 


CEAS M.A. Continuing Student Academic-year Fellowships

CEAS allocates a small amount of funding for continuing M.A. students in the form of tuition-only fellowships, or in some cases tuition plus small stipend, for up to three quarters. These awards are designed to help students "finish up" their degree requirements, not as a means to extend time in the program.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

Eligible Students: CEAS M.A. students only

Application Instructions: 

1. Review the program guidelines

2. Complete the online application form, including upload of statement of purpose