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Last updated August 2016


POINT Foundation Graduate Study Fellowships for LGBT Youth
Applicants to Point Foundation and subsequent scholars, turn to Point Foundation because their families are either unable or unwilling to support them and their goals for higher education. Each student has a compelling and inspiring story of overcoming incredible obstacles and hardships. Many have been cruelly rejected by their families, forced to leave home, and cut off from all financial support. Yet Point Scholars are excelling at our nation's most prestigious and demanding universities and colleges, while also leading in a variety of extracurricular and community service activities.
Deadline: 2016-2017 Season is Closed

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships
Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows function in a “special assistant” role for a senior level official. The goal of the professional placements is to build the Fellows’ knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the U.S. and the partner country. The U.S. Embassy, with the Fulbright Commission (where applicable), will identify host ministries and provide administrative support and oversight during the Fellow’s program.
Deadline: 11 October 2016

Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Fellowships for Canadian Citizens Abroad

Valued at up to $60,000 per year for a maximum of four years, the Trudeau Scholarship is the most prestigious doctoral award in Canada. It offers the opportunity to interact within an exceptional community of leaders and committed individuals in every field of the social sciences and humanities.
The scholarship provides a generous stipend and comprises a substantial yearly allowance for research and travel, which helps support audacious interdisciplinary research and original fieldwork.
Moreover, each Trudeau Scholar is paired with a distinguished Trudeau Mentor selected among the most eminent Canadian practitioners in all sectors of public life. Scholars also participate in events organized by the Foundation and may request financial and logistical support to hold their own workshops.
Every year, over 150 scholarship applications from PhD students at Canadian and foreign universities undergo a rigorous selection process. Fifteen scholarships are awarded every year.
Deadline: Printed applications: 2016-2017 Season is Closed

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

A three-year award; covers tuition and a stipend of $30,000. College seniors and graduate students who have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study are eligible to apply. (If you have already done any prior graduate work, check the eligibility criteria carefully.) All applications must be submitted via NSF's "fastlane" on the Web. US citizens and permanent residents.  (866) 673-4737;
Deadline: 27 October 2016

If the NSF GRFP is secured, check for supplemental funding opportunities, such as the Nordic Research Opportunity, which provides support for travel to Norwegian, Finnish, Danish or Swedish research institutions.  See the NSF website for more award opportunities and deadlines.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Predoctoral Awards

Approx. 40 predoctoral fellowships for doctoral students, with preference for members of minority groups whose underrepresentation in the American professorate has been severe and longstanding (Alaskan Natives [Eskimo or Aleut], Black/Afro Americans, Mexican Americans, Chicanas/Chicanos, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders [Polynesian/Micronesian], Puerto Rican). Any eligible student may apply who has at least 3 years of graduate work remaining for completion of the PhD. Award includes stipend of $20,000 and tuition allowance and provides up to 3 years of support.
Fellowship Office Keck 576, National Research Council

500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

(202) 334-2872;
Deadline: Check back in September 2016

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program

FLAS provides allocations of academic ear and summer fellowships to assist students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.  The grants are awarded to institutions for a four-year project period and institutions conduct competitions to select eligible undergraduate and graduate recipients.  Graduate fellowships are approximately $18,000 for an academic year and $5,000 for a summer.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Application is on the website.
Carla White, International Education Programs Service, U.S. Dept. of Education
1990 K Street, NW, Suite 6000, Washington, DC 20006-8521
(202) 502-7631;
Deadline:  Next season will be in 2018

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)/Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS)

Fellowships of $20,000 per year for 12-48 months (SSHRC) or $35,000 per year for 36 months (CGS) for Canadian Citizens and permanent residents. (Applicants in US doctoral programs must have completed at least one previous degree at a Canadian university.) Duration of fellowships depends on amount of prior graduate work in the same discipline. Apply for both fellowships on one online application form.
Doctoral Awards Program, Fellowships and Institutional Grants Division

SSHRC, 350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1610, Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4
(613) 943-7777; Fax (613) 943-1329;
Deadline: 4 November 2016

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

These fellowships (30 per year) provide an annual stipend of $20,000 +half the cost of tuition for two years of graduate study in any scholarly discipline or professional field (up to $90,000). Eligible "New Americans" are (1) US Permanent Residents who have had more than one year of IRS filings; (2) naturalized US citizens or (3) children of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. Applicants may be no older than 30 years of age as of November 1 of the year of application and may be no further advanced than the 2nd year of study in the same graduate program; some preference is given to candidates who have not yet begun their graduate studies but are in the process of applying. Candidates must demonstrate the relevance of graduate education to their long-term career goals and potential in enhancing their contributions to society. Fellowships are not solely awarded on the basis of academic record. A successful candidate will give evidence of at least two of the follow three attributes or criteria for selection: (1) creativity, originality, and initiative demonstrated in any area of her/his life; (2) a commitment to and capacity of accomplishment, demonstrated through activity that has required drive and sustained effort; and (3) a commitment to the values expressed in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The third criterion includes activity in support of human rights and the rule of law, in opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and in advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society. Fellows are selected by region and finalists are invited for interview.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

400 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019
(212) 547-6926; FAX (212) 548-4623

pdsoros_fellows@sorosny.org (Applications on the Web)

Deadline (postmark): 1 November 2016

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes - US Department of State/CAORC

Scholarships (tuition, room, board, travel) for intensive overseas study of critical-need languages such as Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu - sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Recipients of these scholarships will be expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Open to graduate and undergraduate students, must be US citizen. Programs are offered at CAORC's American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners. Website contains a long list of languages, levels, and programs. Application is on the website.
CAORC, Critical Language Scholarship Program
PO Box 37012, MRC-178, Washington, DC 20013-7012 or

CAORC/CLS Program, c/o Natural History Museum,
10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, CE-123, MRC 178, Washington, DC 20560-0718

(202) 633-5005;  cls@caorc.org
Deadline: 2016-2017 season is Closed

National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships for the study of languages, cultures, and world regions which are critical to U.S. national security OTHER THAN Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  Applicants design their own programs and may combine domestic language and cultural study with overseas study. All fellowships must include study of a modern language other than English and the study of an area and culture.  Boren provides up to $24,000 for up to 52 weeks (minimum 12 weeks) of overseas travel, up to $12,000 for domestic travel.  All Boren Fellows must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement to be eligible for the award.  Fellowship recipients are required to seek employment with an agency or office of the federal government involved in national security affairs. NSEP award recipients who are unable to identify a job after making a "good faith" effort may fulfill the service requirement by working in the field of higher education in an area of study for which the fellowship was awarded. Service requirement must begin to be fulfilled within 2 years of graduation or it may result in a payback obligation in the form of a loan. The length of the service requirement is equivalent to the duration of support from NSEP (Note: Find out more about these fellowships before you apply; funding comes from the Dept of Defense). 
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, Institute of International Education

1400 K Street NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20005-2403

(800) 618-6737; FAX (202) 326-7672

Deadline: 9 February 2017

SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)

Program of fellowships and workshops for pre-dissertation research and proposal development to "intervene at a critical moment in the career development of graduate students in the humanities and social sciences by aiding their transition from students to researchers": The moment between having chosen a research topic and designing and writing the dissertation proposal. DPDF will be open to early-stage doctoral students.    Fellowships will include support for sustained research and/or training, as well as participation in two workshops. These workshops include seminar discussions, collective and constructive critiques by faculty and fellow students, and presentations about securing research funding. They are structured to assist students in writing dissertation proposals that are intellectually pointed, amenable to completion in a reasonable time frame, and fundable. Each year, DPDF will select 10-12 senior scholars from a range of disciplines, who will organize 5 groups of students around 5 different research fields. These faculty mentors will meet with their research cohorts in workshops in late spring and early fall. Fellows will be selected by the core faculty in each of the research fields. Program offers training in five fields, with one international field, to 60 graduate students annually. Students can apply for up to $5,000 to cover summer research costs, and should be second and third year graduate students.

SSRC, 810 Seventh Ave, NYC 10019; 212-377-2700

Deadline: 15 October 2016

American Philosophical Society Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research

Awards of up to $5000 for exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data and to provide the imaginative stimulus that accompanies direct observation.  Applications are invited from disciplines with a large dependence on field studies, such as archaeology, anthropology, ecology, linguistics, and paleontology.  Grants are available only to doctoral students; postdoctoral fellows, master's degree candidates, and undergraduates are not eligible.  Competition is open to US residents wishing to carry our research anywhere in the world.  Foreign applicants must either be based at a US institution or plan to carry out their work in the US.  Applications are on the website.

Lewis and Clark Fund, American Philosophical Society
104 S. Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386

Linda Musumeci (Director): (215) 440-3429;

Deadline: 1 February 2017
Letters of Support: 30 January 2017

Jacobs Research Fund, Whatcom Museum Society

Grants of up to $3000 supporting anthropological research (socio-cultural or linguistic in content) on the indigenous peoples of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, including Alaska, with a preference for the Pacific Northwest.  Projects should focus on contemporary theoretical issues in anthropology and priority is given to those focusing on endangered cultures and languages.  Grants are given for work on problems in: language, social organization, political organization, religion, mythology, other arts, psychology, and folk science.  Projects in archeology, physical anthropology, applied anthropology and applied linguistics are not eligible.  No citizenship restrictions.  Open to students at all levels of a degree program so long as the project is relevant.  Application instructions on line; apply by e-mail.

The Jacobs Research Funds,
Attn: Amy Geise
Whatcom Museum,121 Prospect Street, Bellingham WA 98225

Deadline: 15 February 2017

American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund Grant for Native American Research

Grants of up to $3500 to support research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory and the history of studies of Native Americas, in the continental US and Canada. Grants are NOT made for projects in archaeology, ethnography, or psycholinguistics. Applications are accepted from graduate students for research on masters theses or doctoral dissertations. Applications are on the website.

Phillips Fund for Native American Research, American Philosophical Society

104 S. Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386

Linda Musumeci (Director): (215) 440-3429;

Deadlline: 1 March 2017

AAUW International Fellowships

Fellowships ranging from $18,000 to $30,000 are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents.  Supports graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions.  Several fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S.
AAUW, Dept. 60
301 ACT Drive, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030
(319) 337-1716 ext. 60
Deadline: 1 December 2016

Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program

Program provides support for scholars from all backgrounds with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities at college and university facilities in the United States and South Africa.  Multiple funding opportunities, including for summer research, proposal and dissertation writing retreats and equipment and supplies grants.  All applicants must have been selected as Mellon Mays Fellows as undergraduates and must be enrolled in a doctoral program in specified fields of study.  See the website for more specific information about the requirements for each grant.
Social Science Research Council
300 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA
Adam Radwan, Program Assistant:  (718) -517-3617;
Deadline: 1 November 2016

NYU Mainzer Summer Fellowship – GSAS Predoctoral Summer Fellowships

Four awards of $6,000 are available to support research and travel for doctoral students’ study in the fields of love and sexuality, gender studies or the psychology of love and sexuality.  Preference is given for a focus on German traditions, but the award is not limited to students in the Department of German.  Applicants should expect to complete remaining coursework and other requirements (qualifying, comprehensive and language exams) within one year of receiving the award.  Students must be nominated by their department to be eligible.  Applications are available online.
GSAS Office of Academic and Student Life 
6 Washington Square North, 2nd Floor
(212) 998-8060
Dept. must email copy of application to Kristofor Larsen:
Deadline: Check back in Fall 2016 for 2017 deadlines.

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

The Horowitz Foundation approves approximately fifteen grants each year, in the amount of $7500 per grant—$5000 initially and an additional $2500 upon completion of the project. Criteria for completion include approval of the dissertation, acceptance of an article based on the research by a peer-reviewed journal, or an invitation to write a book chapter based on the research. Neither US citizenship nor US residency is required.

The Foundation makes targeted grants for work in all major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, as well as newer areas such as evaluation research. Preference is given to projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences and issues of policy relevance. Applicants are not required to be citizens or residents of the United States. Awards are based solely on merit, not to ensure a representative base of recipients or disciplines.

Candidates may propose new projects or they may solicit support for research in progress, including final work on a dissertation, supplementing research funds for a work in progress, or travel funds. Awards are open only to PhD candidates whose project has received approval from their appropriate department head/university.

Grants are non-renewable. Awards are made to individuals, not institutions, and if processed through an institution, a waiver for overhead is requested. Recipients are expected to acknowledge assistance provided by the Foundation in any publication resulting from their research and are also asked to notify the Foundation. Awards are publicized in appropriate professional media and on the Foundation’s website.

The following categories of proposals are given priority in determining recipients:

  1. Proposals that address large-scale geographical situations, and those with policy applications beyond the research design itself.
  2. Proposals that rely on empirically informed, large sample sizes, often in historically rich time series, that make few presumptions of application.
  3. Proposals that are theoretically rich and emphasize policy issues of broad meaning to the larger public sphere.
  4. Proposals in areas where few previous research applications are currently available.

These are guidelines, not mandates, and are not listed in order of importance. Each proposal will be evaluated solely on its own merit by the Board.

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy
10 Corporate Place South, Suite 102
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
Deadline: 31 January 2017

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship
The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship was established to “support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.” The amount of each fellowship will cover tuition costs plus an additional $18,000 annual stipend. The Fellowship accepts applications from graduate students in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences.
Deadline: 12 January 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

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West African Research Association (WARA) Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Competition

Two pre-doctoral research fellowships (up to $3500 + up to $2500 for round trip air travel) for summer research (2-3 months) in West Africa to prepare a doctoral research proposal. Open to US citizens and permanent residents who are at the pre-dissertation stage and will be returning to their home institutions to complete course work, exams, etc. prior to field work. Applicants should be conversant in an African language spoken where they will be conducting research.  The West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal may assist with academic contacts and affiliations and recommendations for lodging in the country chosen by the fellow.  Applications should be mailed

WARA - African Studies Center, Boston University

270 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-8902; FAX (617) 353-4975   
Deadline: 1 February 2017

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AIIS Advanced Language Programs in India  

The Advanced Language Program in India is open to graduate students (US citizens or permanent residents) who will have completed a minimum of two years of instruction in Hindi, Bengla, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Telugu, Malayalam, Sanskrit or Urdu at the time of departure. Programs are for 9 months of intensive language instruction at the various AIIS Language Centers. A number of fellowships are available which include airfare and a maintenance allowance sufficient to cover living expenses. American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS)
Foster Hall 412, 1130 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

(773) 702-8638; aiis@uchicago.edu

AIIS also sponsors intensive 10 week summer programs in Hindi (Udaipur), Bengali (Calcutta), Tamil (Madurai), Telugu (Vizag), Marathis (Pune), Gujarati (Ahmedabad), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram), Sanskrit or Pali/Prakrit (Pune), and Punjabi (Chandigarh). (The Bengali, Tamil, and Telugu summer programs require 1 year of prior language work, the Hindi and Sanskrit summer programs requires 2 years of prior language. Applicants for Gujarati & Marathi may apply at all levels, including beginning). AIIS has no financial aid for the summer programs, applicants are urged to apply for Summer FLAS/Title VI funds or to the US State Department's Critical Languages Scholarship Program.

Deadline: 1 July 2016

SEASSI (Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute)

A national program hosted in recent years by the University of Wisconsin at Madison for an intensive eight-week summer language training at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year levels in Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Khmer, Lao, Thai and Vietnamese. There are FLAS Fellowships (US citizens and Permanent Residents only), Partial Tuition awards, and FLEP Fellowships available for this program - start early.  Open to undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals. Applications can be submitted online or via mail.  Program runs from mid-June to early-August.

Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

207 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI 53706

Mary Jo Studenberg (Program Coordinator): (608) 263-1755; FAX (608) 263-3735 

Deadlines: 1 April 2016

IMPAC [Intensive Mandarin Program At Cornell] Program at Cornell

IMPAC (Intensive Mandarin Program At Cornell), formerly a part of the FALCON Program, is run by Cornell’s Department of Asian Studies.  IMPAC provides beginning and intermediate Mandarin students with the equivalent of one full year of college Chinese instruction in nine weeks of intensive study.
388 Rockefeller Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2502
(607) 255-6457; FAX (607) 255-1345;;
Deadline: Currently Closed

Blakemore Foundation: Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Study of Asian Languages

The Blakemore Foundation makes up to 30 grants each year for the advanced study of East or Southeast Asian languages (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Burmese) in approved language programs. Blakemore grants are intended for individuals successfully pursuing careers involving the regular use of modern East or Southeast Asian language. The grants fund a year of language study at an institution in Asia selected by the applicant and approved by the Foundation. Where there is no structured language program at an educational institution in the country, the grant may provide for the financing of private tutorials under terms set forth in the Grant Guidelines. The grants cover tuition and related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation, but do not include dependent expenses. Applicants must be at or near an advanced level in the language of study, must be able to pursue full-time language study during the term of the grant and must be US citizens or permanent residents.  Application forms are on the Web.

The Blakemore Foundation

1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4800, Seattle, WA 98101-3266
(206) 359-8778; FAX (206) 359-9778   

Deadline (postmark): 30 December 2016

Hopkins-Nanjing Center

An educational joint-venture located on the campus of Nanjing University, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center is a well-equipped facility housing up to 50 Chinese and 50 International students. For international students, the Hopkins-Nanjing Program is a one year residential graduate-level program of social science courses relating to contemporary China (history, foreign relations, government, politics, society economics, trade & language) taught in Mandarin by Chinese professors. Each international student is paired with a Chinese roommate in the Center's dormitory wing. The Center's Chinese students learn about the US and the international system from American faculty hired by Johns Hopkins University. For international students, assigned readings are in Chinese & all papers and exams are completed in Chinese. While language improvement is a component of the curriculum, the Center's primary purpose is to train advanced students in China studies. Prerequisite: 3 or more years of Chinese language study and a background in China studies. Substantial financial aid, based on a combination of merit and need, is available. Application is on line.

The Hopkins Nanjing Center, Office of Admissions

1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 663-5800, (800) 362-6546; FAX (202) 663-7729;

Deadline: 1 November 2016

Confucius China Studies Program Fellowship
The Institute of International Education is offering fellowships for U.S. doctoral candidates looking to conduct research in China and write their doctoral dissertation for a period of six months to two years. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen, or any non-Chinese citizen, enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a U.S. university. Students enrolled in Ph.D. programs at U.S. universities must apply through IIE. The online application will open in August, 2014 and will close in late January, 2015. Students cannot be citizens of the People’s Republic of China, and must be enrolled in a doctoral program. Undergraduates, students in terminal Master’s programs, and post-doctoral students are not eligible. This award is open to both U.S. and international (non-Chinese) students. Applicants enrolled in U.S. institutions must apply for this award through IIE.
Steven Dale;
IIE Program Officer
Confucius China Studies Program
oint Research Ph.D. Fellowship
U.S. Student Programs

Institute for International Education, 
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1.212.984.5346
Fax: +1.212.984.5325
Deadline: Information about the 2017-2018 season will be posted in Fall 2016

Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP)-Tsinghua Univ. Beijing

The Inter-University Board (a consortium of American universities) currently offers an Academic Year Program, Semester long program and an 8-week Summer Intensive Program in Chinese Language Studies (high intermediate and advanced levels), located on the Tsinghua University campus in Beijing. Students admitted to the Academic Year and Semester Program must be engaged in full-time study and must remain enrolled for the entire duration. Fellowship assistance in the form or partial tuition waivers (1/20 to 2/3 of the $14,000/$7,500 tuition) is available for the Academic Year and Semester Program. The Summer Intensive Program runs from late June through mid-August; tuition is $4300 and IUP has no financial aid available. For both programs students are urged to seek other sources of funding such as FLAS and Blakemore Foundation Fellowships. Applicants to the Academic Year and Semester (but NOT the Summer) Program must take the Chinese Proficiency Test (CPT) administered by the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington DC; applicants must make their own arrangements to take the CPT at their own locales in February. All qualified undergraduate and graduate students from the United States and other countries are eligible to apply.  Applications for all programs are available on the website.

Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies

Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley

2223 Fulton Street #2318, Berkeley, CA 94720-2318
(510) 642-3873; FAX (510) 643-7062;
Deadline: Rolling admission for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 programs

Princeton in Beijing

Summer intensive Chinese language program (intermediate and advanced levels) using the total immersion approach. Program is located on the campus of Beijing Normal University in Beijing; cost is approximately $5000; some financial aid is available. Applicants must have studied the equivalent of a year’s worth of college Chinese before entering the program.  Most students are undergraduates, but all higher levels are welcome.  Program runs from late June to late August. Applications are available online.

Princeton in Beijing, 211 Jones Hall

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1008

(609) 258-4269; FAX (609) 258-7096;

Deadline: 31 January 2017 (tentative)

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies-Yokohama

Academic Year and Summer Programs in Japanese language training. Applicants must have completed 2 years or more of college-level study of Japanese or the equivalent. Applicants to the academic year program must obtain an acceptable score on the Inter-University Center Japanese Proficiency Test; summer applicants are expected to have a solid foundation in the fundamental structure of Japanese, to have mastered both kana syllabaries, and to be able to read and write approx 500-700 kanji. Programs are open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Programs cost Stanford-levels of tuition ($21,000 for academic year, $4,800 for the summer); some financial aid is available from the Inter-University Center, but not enough to cover all costs. Applicants are urged to seek additional sources of support; applications may be downloaded from the Web
(AY Program): Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies

Encina Hall, Room E009; Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-6055
(650) 725-1490; FAX (650) 723-9972
Stacey Campbell (Program Manager):

IUC Summer Program Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies

Pacifico Yokohama, 5F
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-Ku; Yokohama, Japan 220-0012
011-81-45-223-2002; FAX 011-81-45-223-2060

Summer Program Deadline: 15 March 2017 (tentative)
Academic Year Program Deadline: 15 January 2017 (tentative)

Korea Foundation Fellowship for KOREAN Language Training

Fellowships are awarded to up to 40 students per year to cover 6 months expenses, including tuition and monthly living stipend for the full-time study of Korean language at a Korean university language institute (usually Seoul National, Yonsei or Korea University).  Open to graduate and undergraduate students.  Applicants must already have basic knowledge of and ability to communicate in Korean, however, applicants who plan a long-term career in Korean studies can be considered even if they are just beginning language study. Application is on the website.

Fellowship for Korean Language Training

International Cooperation Department, The Korea Foundation

10F Diplomatic Center Bldg., 2558 Nambusunhwanno

Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-863, Korea

011-82-2-2046-8537; FAX 011-82-2-3463-6075


Deadline: 30 September 2016 (tentative)

Government of Indonesia, Dept. of Education and Culture "Darmasiswa" Program

One year fellowships for study in Indonesia - languages (Bahasa Indonesia), tradition dance, music, crafts, playing of traditional musical instruments; they are NOT for research. Applicants must be under 35 years of age; fellowships provide airfare and living expenses.
Application available on the website.

Indonesian Consulate General in New York

5 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10021

(212) 879 0600; FAX (212) 570 6206

Deadline: TBA (no current information on this program, please check with the Indonesian Consulate for further information).

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Middle East

Turkish Language Study (Intensive Advanced) Bogaziçi University, Istanbul

Summer programs for advanced Turkish at Bogaziçi University sponsored by the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT). Up to 15 fellowships are awarded that cover airfare, tuition, room, board and a modest maintenance stipend. Fellowship applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Applicants must perform satisfactorily on a Turkish language proficiency exam.

Nancy Leinwand, ARIT, c/o University of Pennsylvania Museum

33rd and Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324

(215) 898-3474; FAX (215) 898-0657;

Deadline: 5 February 2017

For additional information on courses in Turkish language & culture at Bogaziçi University (without the above described fellowships support) contact: The Language Center, Summer Program in Turkish, Bogaziçi University, 80815 Bebek, Istanbul, Turkey. 011-90-212-257-5039; FAX 011-90-212-265- 7131;

Institute of Turkish Studies Summer Language Study or Summer Research Grants for Graduate Students

Grants of $2000-$3000 for summer travel to Turkey for research or for language study at an established Ottoman or Turkish language training facility; available to graduate students in any field of the Social sciences & humanities who are US Citizens or permanent residents preparing for graduate research related to Turkey.  Grant recipients must spend a minimum of two months in Turkey.

The Institute of Turkish Studies, Intercultural Center

Box 571033, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057-1003

(202) 687-0295, FAX (202) 687-3780 
Deadline: 31 March 2017 (tentative)

Arabic Language Institute, Fez, Morocco

Three- and six-week courses in all levels of Modern Standard Arabic & Colloquial Moroccan Arabic offered throughout the year, including summer.  Funding, including FLAS, SSRC and NSEP grants can be used.

The Arabic Language Institute in Fez

B.P. 2136, Fez 30000, Morocco

011-212-55-62-48-50; FAX 011-212-55-93-16-08
Deadline: Applications accepted on an on-going basis.

The American Institute of Iranian Studies
Pre-doctoral Dissertation Research in Iranian Studies
AIIS offers fellowships for one- to two-month research travel to countries with resources essential to the dissertation. These fellowships enable students in the field of Iranian Studies to acquaint themselves with the range of academic activities and resources in relevant foreign countries. It is the responsibility of the applicant to receive permission to conduct the intended research from the pertinent authorities prior to making the application. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled in a Doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences and have an approved research topic. Applications must include a curriculum vitae and be made in the form of a letter, giving the following information: citizenship; research plans; academic affiliation and status (stage of progress towards the doctorate); names, addresses and e-mail addresses of two referees (including the primary academic advisor). Referees should e-mail their letters of recommendation directly to AIIrS and include an evaluation of the project and how study at the particular foreign resource(s) will enhance dissertation work. Applications should be e-mailed to:
Deadline: 10 January 2017. The deadline for receiving letters of recommendation is 15 January 2017.

American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) Grants Program for US Citizens

Short- and long-term grants to US scholars for research in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Lybia, or Mauritania.  Research must be conducted at/through AIMS sponsored Overseas Research Centers.  Short-term Research Grants for one to three months are for $6000; Long-term Research Grants of up to $15,000 are for projects of 3 months or longer. 
Applications are available on the website, and must be mailed to:

American Institute for Maghrib Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
845 N. Park Ave., Marshall Bldg. Room 470

PO Box 210158-B, Tucson, AZ 85721-0158
(520) 626-6498; FAX (520) 621-9257;

Deadline: 31 January 2017 (tentative)

American Institute for Yemeni Studies Arabic Language Training Grants

Arabic language training grants for a 10-week program at the Yemen Language Center, The Center for Arabic Language and Eastern Studies or the Sana'a Institute for Arabic Language.  U.S. citizens enrolled as full-time graduate students in recognized degree programs are eligible to apply.  Only for students who intend to conduct research in Yemen.  Projects can be funded for up to $10,000.

AIYS, PO Box 311, Ardmore, PA 19003-0311  

Maria deJ. Ellis (Executive Director): (610) 896-5412; (610) 896-9049

Deadline: 15 January 2017 (US Fellowships); 31 January 2017 (Yemini Fellowships)

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Europe and Eurasia

Council for European Studies (CES) Pre-Dissertation Fellowships

Pre-dissertation fellowships of up to $4000 to fund a first major research project in Europe (including Turkey & Russia). Applicants are expected to have finished at least a majority of their doctoral coursework, but this is a fellowship for preliminary research and thus passage of the qualifying examination and admission to candidacy is not a prerequisite. (Those who have already engaged in extensive field work and study in Europe related to their dissertation are not eligible.) International students are eligible to apply.  Fellowships have three components: a) A two-month stay abroad, during which time fellows pursue original archival and field research; b) Fellows' participation at the CES international Conference, where they present their findings and receive feedback from senior scholars; c) Publication of fellows' research reports in the CES periodical, Perspectives on Europe.  Applications are on the Web and must be submitted electronically.

Council for European Studies, Columbia University, 1203A International Affairs Bldg.,

420 W. 118th Street, MC 3307, New York, NY 10027.
(212) 854-4172; FAX (212) 854-8808;
Deadline: 15 January 2017, applications open October 1, 2016

American Councils for International Education ACTR-ACCELS Programs

All of these programs are funded by the US Department of State, Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII); application is thus restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Relevant countries are: Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Moldova and Ukraine. Fellowships include round-trip international travel, housing, living stipends, visas, insurance, affiliation fees, archival access, research advising and logistical field support in the field. NOTE: "Scholars in the humanities and social sciences are eligible to apply. While a wide-range of topics (listed on the web and easily accessible, take a look AMC) receive support each year, all funded research must contribute to a body of knowledge enabling the US to better understand the region and formulate effective policies within it. All applicants should clearly describe the policy-relevance of their work, be it in anthropology, literature, history, international relations, political science, or some other field."  Applicants should "be at the MA level or higher" and have at least elementary language skills at the time of application. The Language programs are designed to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion into Southeast European society. All programs emphasize the development of practical speaking, listening, ready, and writing skills. All classes are taught in the host-country language.

Title VIII Research Scholar Program (More likely for FIELD WORK than pre-field research)

Fellowships valued at $5000-$25,000 for 3-9 months research trips to the countries listed above. (Applications for support of research in more than one country are acceptable.) Applications must be submitted in English and a research synopsis in the language of the host country.
Outbound Programs, American Councils: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-7522; FAX (202) 833-7523;;
Deadline: 1 October 2016

Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program (Definitely either Pre-Field or Field Work)

Fellowships valued at $5,000-$25,000 for 3 to 9 months of advanced language training (10 hours per week of private tutorials - prerequisite is at least an intermediate level of proficiency in Russian or the proposed host-country language) and research support in the countries listed above. (Applications for support of research in more than one country are acceptable.) Applications must be submitted in English and a research synopsis in the language of the host country.

Outbound Programs, American Councils: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-7522; FAX (202) 833-7523;;
Deadline: 1 October 2016

Title VIII Southeast European Language Program
Fellowships include round-trip international travel, housing, living stipends, visas, insurance, tuition fees for one to nine months (stays of 4-9 months are encouraged) at a major university in Southeast Europe.  Relevant countries are: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia. Academic year, semester and summer programs feature instruction in the host-country language, seminars focusing on vocabulary expansion, development of conversational skills and stylistics and syntax.  Graduate-level academic credit is available through Bryn Mawr College.

Outbound Programs, American Councils: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-7522; FAX (202) 833-7523;;
Deadlines: 1 October 2016

DAAD German Studies Research Grants

Offers up to 10 research grants of $1500-$2500 for doctoral students pursuing short-term exploratory research (one to two months) to determine the viability or to delimit the scope of their proposed dissertation.  Full-time master’s level graduate students with at least two years college-level German language studies experience are eligible to apply.  Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US or Canada.
Application is available online.

Deadline: 1 November 2016

DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Grants for Intensive Language Courses in German

Scholarship of about $2,000 to support attendance for 8-week long intensive German language courses at a language institute in Germany. Award holder receives a list of available course locations and course providers from DAAD and can choose their own course. To qualify for these grants, applicants' German language skills must correspond at least with Goethe-Institute Grundstufe 1 and most with Mittelstufe 1 level and between 19 and 32 years of age. Scholarship covers course fees, accommodation, and a flat rate travel allowance. Duration is for two months of study between June and January.  Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US or Canada and have at least three semesters of college German completed.  Application is available online, and must be submitted electronically and via mail.
DAAD New York Office, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
(212) 758-3223; FAX: (212) 755-5780


Deadline (NYU internal): 1 December 2016 (tentative)

DAAD University Summer Course Grants

A scholarship for about $800 for a broad range of 3-4 week summer language courses with an integrated thematic focus on literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany hosted by German universities. An extensive extra-curricular program complements and reinforces the core material. Scholarships that cover tuition, fees and living expenses in whole or in part are available through two exclusive program channels, one for US and the other for Canadian students. In general, undergraduates with at least sophomore standing and graduate students in select fields of study, enrolled full time, and between 18 and 32 years of age are eligible to apply.  Two years of college-level German or equivalent at the time of application is a prerequisite.  Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US or Canada, or have been a full-time student at an American or Canadian university for at least one year.
Application is available online, and must be submitted electronically and via mail.

DAAD New York Office, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
(212) 758-3223; FAX: (212) 755-5780

Deadline: 1 December 2016 (tentative)

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Latin America

Dumbarton Oaks, Short-Term Residencies for Graduate Students, Pre-Columbian Studies

Short-Term residencies for advanced graduate students who are either preparing for Ph.D. qualifying exams or writing doctoral dissertations in the field of Pre-Columbian Studies (Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America). Each residency provides two to four weeks of free accommodation in the Fellows Building and free lunches on weekdays, plus an unlimited pass to the Pre-Columbian Library for the period of residency. Number and duration of residencies awarded depends on space availability in the Fellows Building. Director of Pre-Columbian Studies

Send all required materials to:
Director of [Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, Garden and Landscape] Studies
Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007-2961; (202) 339-6440
Director of the Library, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library

Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Or e-mail digital copies,;
Deadline:  At least 60 days prior to the preferred residency dates

NYU CLACS Tinker Field Research Grants

Grants supporting masters, doctoral and professional school students conducting preliminary fieldwork in Latin America or Iberia.  Funding covers international airfare and in-country transportation expenses.  Grants do not support long-term field research.  Students must submit entries to the CLACS blog while in the field and participate in biweekly Brown Bag workshops to share results of their research upon return.
Jen Lewis, Assistant Director, NYU/CLACS
53 Washington Square South #4W, New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-8686;  FAX (212) 995-4163
Deadline: February 2017, official date TBA

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Museums, Libraries, Other

Smithsonian Research Fellowships

Independent research done in-residence at the Smithsonian in association with the research staff and using the Institution's resources. See website for possible areas of research.  Full-time graduate students who have completed at least one semester and have not yet been admitted to candidacy are eligible to apply for 10-week Graduate Student Fellowships of $6000.
Application is on the Web.

Office of Fellowships, Smithsonian Institution

470 L'Enfant SW, Suite 7102, MRC 902, PO Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013-7012
(202) 633-7070;  FAX (202) 633-7069;

Deadline (Postmark): Many, as there are dozens of opportunities. Please click here for a complete list of dates.

John Carter Brown Library Research Fellowships
Approximately 35 fellowships for research in holdings of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University in Providence Rhode Island are awarded each year. Pre-Doctoral students are only eligible to apply for the Short-Term Fellowships - which are available for periods of two to four months and carry a stipend of $2100 per month. There is no citizenship requirement; graduate students must have passed their PhD qualifying examinations at the time of application. (See JCBL website for types of library holdings-extensive collection of primary materials relating to virtually all aspects of the discovery, exploration, settlement and development of the New World - both North and South America; numerous works dealing with Native Americans in North and South America, including materials on Indian languages; numerous legal works reflecting the response of European legal systems to the growth of overseas empires; major collection on the adaptation of religion and religious institutions to the New World.)

Director, John Carter Brown Library, PO Box 1894, Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-2725;  FAX (401) 863-3477;
Deadline (postmark): 1 December 2016

The Rotary Foundation

"Ambassadorial" scholarships that emphasize furthering international understanding -Scholars are expected to serve as goodwill ambassadors to the people of the host country through informal and formal appearances before rotary clubs and districts, school and civic organizations, and other forums. Applicants must be citizens of countries which have Rotary Clubs, and fellowships must be used in countries where there are Rotary Clubs. Open to both graduates and undergraduates in virtually all fields and in many countries. Categories of greatest relevance are the Academic Year Scholarships (for 9 months of study registered in a foreign institution-these are NOT for research) and the Cultural Scholarships for 3-6 months of intensive language training and cultural immersion at a study institution [assigned by Rotary, though the applicant may state preferences] in the host country.  Application is through the local Rotary Club in the applicant's legal or permanent residence which determines deadlines and whether or not a given type of fellowship will be offered in a given year-i.e., you have to find a local Club to sponsor you. Applications sent directly the Rotary Foundation without club and district endorsements will not be considered. Once a fellowship is awarded, fellows are assigned a Rotarian Counselor in the host country. Notes: Fellows cannot study in a city, state or province where they have previously lived or studied for more than 6 months. An award cannot be postponed or extended beyond the period for which it was originally granted.

The Rotary Foundation

One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 866-3000;  FAX (847) 328-8554;
Deadline: 1 July 2016