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Funding Opportunities

For Graduate Students

We provide support for IU graduate students whose work focuses on China, Japan, or Korea through fellowships and travel grants.

In addition, for graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, several fellowships and travel grants are available. IU’s Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) offer grant programs and exchange opportunities for graduate students. The Grad Grants Center, located on the 10th floor (room 1052E) of the Herman B Wells Library, also provides free, centralized information on fellowships, internships, and grants, as well as consultants to assist students with online grant database searches and writing grant proposals.

Additional fellowship information is posted outside our main office at Memorial Hall West 207 and at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in Goodbody Hall 255.

Funding Opportunities

We offer three types of funding opportunities for graduate students:


Conference Travel Grants, 2014-15

IU graduate students traveling to academic conferences to present East Asia-related papers may apply for an EASC Conference Travel Grant.

  • Maximum award amount is $300 and is meant to supplement other sources of support, which applicants are strongly encouraged to seek.
  • The College Graduate Office and the Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) also have conference travel funds for graduate students. Applying for these and other travel funds strengthens the EASC Conference Travel Grant application.
  • Each graduate student is eligible to receive only one travel grant per 12-month period (September to August).
Application Deadlines
  • October 22, 2014 (for travel from September 2014 to January 2015)

  • February 2, 2015 (for travel from February to May 2015)
Applications must include:
  • Application form (PDF)
  • One-page abstract of conference paper
  • One-page CV (including G.P.A. of graduate work at IU)
  • Letter of acceptance or copy of the conference program
  • Letter of support from your faculty advisor that includes an assessment of the significance of the conference in a) your field and b) your career
Please submit applications to:

Hye-Seung (Theresa) Kang
Indiana University
East Asian Studies Center
Memorial Hall West 207
1021 E. Third Street
Bloomington IN 47405-7005
Fax: 812-855-7762
easc@indiana.edu

Please note: Applications must be submitted prior to undertaking travel. It is possible to receive an award after the trip has been completed as long as the application was submitted before the trip began. The EASC executive committee, which makes all final funding decisions, meets in October to review fall applications for October–January travel, in February to review spring applications for February–May travel, and in May to review summer applications for June–September travel.


Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Summer and Academic Year
Application Deadlines
  • February 2, 2014

These fellowships include:
  • Academic-year tuition fee remission (up to 24 credits per year) and/or summer tuition coverage of up to $5,000
  • Academic-year stipend of $15,000 and/or summer stipend of $2,500
  • Enrollment in graduate student health insurance program (academic-year recipients only)

These fellowships support graduate training of students who plan to pursue careers in college or university teaching, government service, or other fields in which knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is required. The availability of FLAS awards in academic year 2014-15 is contingent upon receipt of grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

Summer 2014 and 2014-15 academic-year FLAS Fellowships for the study of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are potentially available through our center as well as the IU Center for the Study of Global Change. FLAS awards from the Center for the Study of Global Change will be awarded only to students whose academic program or career objectives are inter-regional or international in perspective. Applicants whose field of study or career goals have this global component should apply for fellowships through both centers.

Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to using the language as part of long-term academic or professional career goals.

Acceptance of a FLAS award will be counted against your eligibility for other types of financial aid already processed by the IU Office of Student Financial Assistance and may result in a reduction of other aid previously disbursed for the same award period.

To apply for both an academic-year FLAS fellowship and a summer FLAS fellowship, students must submit a separate application to each program.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  • Eligible modern East Asian languages: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (priority for those studying at 3rd-year level or higher)
  • For the academic-year fellowship: Must take one language course and one East Asian studies course each semester
  • For the summer fellowship: Program of study must be at least six weeks long and provide at least 120 contact hours at the 4th-year level and at least 140 contact hours at lower levels.
  • Please note: Additional requirements apply to the use of a FLAS at an overseas institution. If applying to use a FLAS overseas, easc [at] indiana [dot] edu (contact us).

East Asian Studies Center FLAS Frequently Asked Questions

easc@indiana.edu (E-mail us) for more information about FLAS fellowships through the East Asian Studies Center, or contact us at: Memorial Hall West 207, 1021 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405, (812) 855-3765.

Applicants are encouraged to contact EASC and speak to the EASC FLAS advisor before submitting the application. See detailed information and apply online.


Society of Friends of Korean Studies (SOFOKS) Graduate Fellowship for Korean Studies
Application Deadline
  • February 2, 2014

This fellowship supports graduate training in Korean studies at IU. The fellowship is funded by the Society of Friends of Korean Studies, a private fundraising organization based in Indianapolis. It is awarded annually to a Korean studies graduate student with an excellent academic record or to someone applying to pursue graduate studies in Korean language and culture at IU. Award amounts vary depending on availability of funds. To be eligible for the SOFOKS Fellowship, the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in or have applied to a graduate program at IU within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Be pursuing a career in a field in which knowledge of Korean language and culture is a prerequisite for success.
Applications must include:
Applications should be submitted to:

Indiana University
East Asian Studies Center
Memorial Hall West 207
1021 East Third Street
Bloomington IN 47405-7005