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.

Mitsubishi Graduate Fellowship in Japanese Studies: Tuition, fees, and a $21,000 stipend for the academic year
This grant supports the study of Japan by graduate students in the social sciences or humanities at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

Funded through the Mitsubishi endowments

  • Applicants must be graduate students in the social sciences or humanities at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Applicants must have completed at least three years of Japanese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period
  • Graduate students are eligible to receive no more than two of these fellowships
  • Fellowships cannot be deferred for any reason.
  • Students cannot hold a Mitsubishi Fellowship concurrent with another grant.

How to apply: Students must complete the application here, and upload:
— Official Transcripts from every undergraduate and graduate program attended
— An updated CV
— GRE scores
— TOEFL scores (if applicable)
— Three letters of recommendation, one of which is from the applicant's major advisor
— A written statement of no more than 2000 words summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests and plans for use of the award.

For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
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Japan Studies Doctoral Research Grant: $3500 per academic year
This grant supports doctoral research in Japanese studies at Pitt.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

  • Applicants must be enrolled in doctoral degree programs at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Graduate students are eligible to receive no more than 2 of these grants
  • A report (1-2 pages) must be submitted to the Japanese Studies Coordinator within 1 month of completion of the research
  • Awards cannot be deferred for any reason.

How to apply: Students must complete application here and upload:

  • A detailed research project proposal (1200 words maximum)
  • A detailed research budget, please use the budget form attached here (include a downloadable link to budget form attached at the end of this email)
  • Three letters of reference, including one from the applicant’s dissertation advisor
  • Transcripts from applicant’s graduate and undergraduate education
  • Current CV
  • GRE scores and TOEFL scores (if applicable)
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
.
China Pre-Dissertation Grant: $600 (international); $300 (domestic)
This grant provides partial support for travel related to pre-dissertation research on topics connected to China.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

This grant provides partial support for travel related to pre-dissertation research in and about China. Priority is given to first-time applicants who are in their early stage of dissertation research. This grant is available only to doctoral students.

Application materials should all be submitted online to the email below and should include:

  • Identifying information: Student Name, PeopleSoft ID number, School and Department, applicant's Home and campus addresses, name and e-mail address of adviser
  • A proposal to the China Council, addressing the topic of research, specific goals of the trip, pre-trip preparation, and other evidence justifying the trip. Please tell us if you have received this award before.
  • A brief letter of support from the applicant's main adviser. Please remind your faculty to submit the recommendation online to asia@pitt.edu.
  • A detailed budget listing costs of travel, lodging, meals, supplies, and incidentals (such as museum fees if applicable, or the like)
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
.
Korea Pre-Dissertation Grant: $600 (international); $300 (domestic)
This grant provides partial support for travel related to pre-dissertation research on topics connected to Korea.
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Rolling deadline. This grant provides partial support for travel related to pre-dissertation research in and about Korea. Priority is given to first-time applicants who are in their early stage of dissertation research. This grant is available only to doctoral students.

Application materials should all be submitted online to the email below and should include:

  • Identifying information: Student Name, PeopleSoft ID number, School and Department, applicant's Home and campus addresses, name and e-mail address of adviser
  • A proposal to the Korea Council, addressing the topic of research, specific goals of the trip, pre-trip preparation, and other evidence justifying the trip. Please tell us if you have received this award before.
  • A brief letter of support from the applicant's main adviser. Please remind your faculty to submit the recommendation online to kcarlitz@pitt.edu.
  • A detailed budget listing costs of travel, lodging, meals, supplies, and incidentals (such as museum fees if applicable, or the like)
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
.
Korea Studies Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants: $600 (international); $300 (domestic)
This grant provides partial support for travel related to presentation of Korea-related conference papers
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Rolling deadline. Grant is available to MA and doctoral students in Korea studies. Priority is given to first-time applicants.

Application should be submitted BEFORE the conference takes place. Application materials should all be submitted online to the email below and should include:

  • Identifying information: Student Name, PeopleSoft ID number, School and Department, applicant's Home and campus addresses, name and e-mail address of adviser
  • 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 of conference paper acceptance
  • A brief letter of support from the applicant's main adviser. Please remind your faculty to submit the recommendation online to Emily Rook-Koepsel at rookkoepsel@pitt.edu.
  • A detailed budget listing costs of travel, lodging, meals, conference registration, and incidentals
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
.
China Studies Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants: $600 (international or Hawaii); $300 (domestic, including Mexico and Canada)
This grant provides partial support for travel related to presentation of China-related conference papers
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Grant is available to MA and doctoral students in China studies. Priority is given to first-time applicants.
 

Please complete the submittable application here: https://ucis.submittable.com/submit/90364/china-studies-conference-grant-graduate. Applications should be submitted BEFORE the conference takes place. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Decisions will be made on applications on or around the 15th of August, October, December, February, and April.
The application will prompt you to complete the application form and upload:

  1. A letter of support from your advisor
  2. Evidence of conference participation
  3. A detailed budget listing cost of travel, lodging, meals, conference registration, and incidentals
  4. An updated CV.

Please note:

  1. Travel to conference grants are limited to $300/per conference for domestic conference (including Mexico and Canada but excluding Hawaii).
  2. Travel to conference grants are limited to $600/per conference for international conferences (including Hawaii), assuming the applicant is not already in, for example, China, in which case it is treated as domestic travel.
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
.
Chinese Summer Language Study: $5000
This grant funds summer Chinese language study for an undergraduate or graduate studen.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

Applicant must have completed at least two years of Chinese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period

Complete application here. Applications must include:

  • Official transcripts from each undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate program attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A written statement (five pages double spaced maximum) summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests, and plans for use of the award

Graduate applicants must also submit

  • An updated CV
  • GRE scores
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
.
Chinese Studies Tuition Remission Scholarship: Tuition
This grant covers tuition for all or part of one or two terms of full-time study at the University of Pittsburgh
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Friday, January 26, 2018

  • Graduate students of any nationality in the field of China Studies OR
  • Graduate students, in any field, from Greater China, which includes the People's Republic of China, the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Students must complete application here and upload

  • Official Transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate program attended
  • An updated CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 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
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
.
Chancellor's Graduate Fellowships: Tuition + stipend
This grant supports PhD students in any field of Chinese studies.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

  • Applicant is a PhD student in any field of Chinese Studies
  • Applicant has completed at least two years of Chinese language study or equivalent by inception of award period
  • Applicant is an Asian Studies Center certificate student

Students must complete application here and upload

  • Official Transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate program attended
  • An updated CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 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
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
For more information, contact Emily Rook-Koepsel at
  • rookkoepsel@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-7371
.