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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 awards.

In addition, for graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, several fellowships and travel awards 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 in room 544 E 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.

Funding Opportunities

We currently offer two types of funding opportunities for graduate students:

Our Center formerly awarded Title VI FLAS Fellowships. Information about the award requirements for those fellowships can be found at the following link:

Conference Travel Awards, Summer 2017

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

  • Maximum award amount is $350 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 Government (GPSG) also have conference travel funds for graduate students. Applying for these and other travel funds strengthens the EASC Conference Travel Award application.
  • Each graduate student is eligible to receive only one travel award per 12-month period (September to August).
Application Deadlines
  • Monday, May 15, 2017

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
Global and International Studies Building
355 N. Jordan Ave
Bloomington IN 47405-1105
Fax: 812-855-7762

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 applications for fall semester travel and in February to review applications for spring semester travel.

Society of Friends of Korean Studies (SOFOKS) Graduate Fellowship for Korean Studies
Application Deadline
  • Extended Deadline: February 24, 2017

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
Global and International Studies Building
355 N. Jordan Ave
Bloomington IN 47405-1105

Please note: Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship are not currently available from the East Asian Studies Center. This section is posted for reference purposes only.
Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Summer and Academic Year
Application Deadlines
  • N/A

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 any academic year is contingent upon receipt of grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

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 (E-mail us) for more information about FLAS fellowships through the East Asian Studies Center, or contact us at: 355 North Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105, (812) 855-3765.

See detailed information on FLAS granting centers at IU and apply online.