Graduate Funding

INPAC funding

In addition to the tuition remission grant listed below, the Indo-Pacific Council offers several grants related to South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. For more information, please visit the INPAC funding page.

This grant pays the airfare and lodging costs for a trip to the Boston Career Forum Nov. 17-19, the largest career fair for Japanese- English bilinguals.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Students are required to have completed at least two semesters of Japanese language with a C or higher. Preference will be given to students who will graduate in the next three semesters, and who have completed four semesters of Japanese language with a C or higher. Students will need to commit to attending a resume check session. If students choose not to attend to the job fair after committing (and without extenuating circumstances), they will be required to pay back the cost of the roundtrip airfare.

Students must complete the application form here and upload

  • unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) programs, including study abroad transcripts
  • resume
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
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Asian Studies Center Student Group Event: up to $300 per event
The ASC student group event funding is meant to allow student groups which plan on hosting an event related to Asian studies to apply for a portion of the event's cost. Awards are capped at $300.
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All registered student groups are eligible to apply for funding.

To apply, please fill in the application form here and upload

  1. A description of the event and how it relates to Asian Studies
  2. An Itemized budget for the event
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
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Japanese Summer Language Study Scholarship (Graduate): $5000
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Friday, January 26, 2018

  • Applicants must be Pitt students studying Japanese at an approved program of study in the United States or Japan during the summer
  • This award cannot be applied to SEALS Japan courses at the University of Pittsbugh. (Other financial aid opportunities are available for that program.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who will have completed at least one year of Japanese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period

How to apply: Students must complete application here and upload

  • Official Transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate program attended
  • An updated CV
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a language instructor, one of which should be from the applicants advisor
  • A written statement of no more than 1200 words summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests and plans for use of the award.
  • GRE scores
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
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Indo-Pacific Graduate Student Research Grants: Awards will be approximately $500-$1,000 depending on the quality and number of requests.
The purpose of this award is to provide funding for graduate students conducting research on the INPAC region.
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Students must be enrolled in an approved degree program at the University of Pittsburgh. Awards must be used in conjunction with a specific research project on the INPAC region (South Asia, South East Asia, or the Pacific Islands). Students who receive the award will be asked to supply INPAC with a short (2 paragraph) summary of the results of the research the grant supported within one year of receipt of the award.

Application: The application should include:
-     A cover sheet that gives your name; address; phone number; e-mail address; major department; degree sought; other fellowships to which you have applied/funds available for the project; and your advisor's name and phone number.
-     A two page project proposal that outlines: the questions you seek to answer, the methods you will use to address them, your preparation to carry out proposed research, a timeline for completion of proposed research activities, and the format in which you plan to present results.
-     A one page budget outlining research costs.
-     A short letter of recommendation and support from your academic advisor which should be emailed separately.
Submit all application materials via via email to lcb32@pitt.edu in MS word or PDF format.

For more information, contact Laura Brown at lcb32@pitt.edu.
Indo-Pacific Graduate Student Conference Participation Grants: The maximum amount is $500 for international travel and $250 for domestic travel.
This grant provides partial support for graduate students to travel to a professional conference and present a paper on the INPAC region.
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Friday, March 18, 2016

Priority is given to first time applicants.

Applications should be submitted BEFORE the conference takes place.  Application materials should ALL be submitted via email and should include:
*A cover letter that briefly explains:
(a) the name of the conference you will attend,
(b) paper title, panel title, and a brief abstract of the paper,
(c) evidence that the paper has been accepted for presentation (if this is not available on-line, please submit a photocopy).
Submit all application materials via email to lcb32@pitt.edu in MS word or PDF format.
 

For more information, contact Laura Brown at lcb32@pitt.edu.
Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for Graduate and Undergraduate Students: $5,000 of tuition + a stipend of $2,500
This grant, funded by the US Department of Education, assists the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area studies; stimulates the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and aids development of a pool of international experts to meet national needs.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fellows must be enrolled in an intensive program of language study.

  1. The study program must provide the fellowship recipient with the equivalent of one academic year of foreign language study.
  2. Study programs must be approved by the Asian Studies Center.
  3. Summer FLAS Fellowships can be used for Chinese and Japanese only at third-year level or above.  Summer FLAS Fellowships can be used for Korean at the second-year level or above.
  4. The language program must consist of at least 140 classroom hours for second-year courses; 120 hours for third or fourth-year courses.
  5. The language program must last a minimum of 6 weeks.
  6. The course must be taken for a letter grade that is based on tests administered during the course.
  7. Factors that are important in the review of applicants include the overall quality of the student’s academic record, and the relevance of the FLAS Fellowship target language to the student’s plan of study. These fellowships may only be awarded to US citizens or US permanent residents.

Complete the application here. Applicants will be asked to upload:

  • All Undergraduate and (if applicable) Graduate transcripts
  • A Personal Study Plan: 1-2 page double-spaced statement articulating the relationship between your area of study and anticipated future plans. This statement may also include a brief personal history including an experience(s) in or related to the grant.
  • A Language Study Plan: 1 page double-spaced statement indicating the FLAS-eligible language you propose to study, how you will continue to keep up your language upon return from your summer program, the extent of your current or previous language training, and a sense of how you intend to use your language going forward.
  • 1 letter of reference from a Language Instructor
  • 1 letter of reference from a non-Language instructor
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
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Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for Graduate Students: Tuition + a stipend of approximately $18,000
This grant, funded by the US Department of Education, assists the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area studies; stimulates the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and aids development of a pool of international experts to meet national needs.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

These fellowships may only be awarded to US citizens or US permanent residents.
Fellows must be enrolled in a ‘content course’ related to their language of study and a language course each term of the award period. ASC FLAS Fellowships are only given to students studying Chinese or Japanese at the third-year level or above; and Korean at the first-year level or above. Factors that are important in the review of applicants include the overall quality of the student’s academic record, and the relevance of the FLAS Fellowship target language to the student’s plan of study.

Application packets should be submitted directly to your department chair according to their departmental deadline (which in all cases will be before February 13), rather than to the centers. Separate application packets must be submitted when applying to more than one center.  CHECK YOUR DEPARTMENT’S INTERNAL FLAS DEADLINE!

Separate application packets must be submitted when applying to more than one center.

Application packets should contain a total of four copies (an original and 3 copies) of the following materials. Only completed application packets will be accepted.  Submit completed application packets to your department.

  • Completed application form (below)
  • Curriculum vitae (not exceeding two pages in length)
  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts (One official original transcript and 3 copies)
  • LANGUAGE STUDY PLAN – A 1-2 page statement indicating the language the student proposes to study, how the student will combine language and area studies to satisfy FLAS requirements, the extent of current or previous language training, and the student’s native language, if other than English. ** Please see the last page of the application for a list of FLAS-eligible languages and levels.
  • PERSONAL STUDY PLAN – A 2-3 page statement indicating the relationship of the applicant’s area of study and anticipated career goals to the appropriate center, brief personal history including any experience in or related to the appropriate area, and the title and brief description of the student’s dissertation topic for students at the dissertation level.
  • Two letters of recommendation

PLEASE NOTE: All applications will be reviewed by an independent selection committee composed of faculty members drawn from the humanities/language departments, social science departments, and professional schools. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by the end of March.

For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
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INPAC Studies Tuition Remission Scholarship: One semester of in-state Pitt tuition
Provides tuition remission
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Graduate students whose studies focus on the Indo-Pacific region

Applicants must submit completed application form, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a written statement (five page maximum) summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests and plans for use of the award. Applicants must also submit a current CV, GRE scores and, if applicable, TOEFL scores. Send all materials to: Attn: Fellowship application, Asian Studies Center, 4400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
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Korean Studies Tuition Remission Scholarship: In-state tuition for one semester of full-time study
This scholarship provides funding for the study of Korea by graduate or undergraduate students.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

  • Applicants must be currently-enrolled students at the University of Pittsburgh at the time of application
  • Applicants must have completed one academic year of study by the inception of the award
  • This award is available to (1) undergraduate or graduate students, of any nationality, with a demonstrated interest in Korean studies; or (2) undergraduate or graduate students, in any field, from Korea.

ALL applicants must submit completed application form, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a written statement (five page maximum) summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests and plans for use of the award. GRADUATE applicants must also submit a current CV, GRE scores and, if applicable, TOEFL scores. Send all materials to: Attn: Fellowship application, Asian Studies Center, 4400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
.
Japan Studies Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants: Up to $1000 for international travel and $500 for domestic travel
This grant provides partial support to graduate students for the presentation of conference papers focused on Japan.
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  • Applicants must be presenting conference papers focused on Japan
  • Grants are capped at 2 per year per student
  • The grants can only be applied to airfare, hotel, and conference registration.
  • Preference is given to first-time applicants.

Students must complete the application here, and upload:

  • an updated CV
  • evidence of conference acceptance
  • a letter of support from their advisor
  • a detailed budget listing costs of travel, lodging, meals, conference registration, and incidentals.
  • an abstract of their conference paper

Expenses must be submitted for reimbursement within 14 days of return.

For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
.