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.

Boston Career Forum Travel Grant (Japanese Language): Airfare and hotel for two nights
This award will pay for up to eight students to travel to Boston to attend the Japanese Language Boston Career Forum, the world's largest job fair for Japanese and English speakers. For more information about the Boston Career Forum and to register for the event, see https://careerforum.net/en/event/bos
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Students must:

  • Be enrolled in a UCIS Certificate
  • Have completed at least one year of college level Japanese
  • Register for the Boston Career Forum before the application deadline

Preference will be given to students who:

  • Are in their final year of undergraduate work or are graduate students
  • Have achieved at least intermediate proficiency in Japanese
  • Are ASian Studies Certificate or IDMA students
  • Have completed a Japanese language resume

Please complete the application here.
Students will be asked to include a cover letter and resume. Students may upload both an English and a Japanese resume.
This grant was made possible by generous financial support from the Japan Iron & Steel Foundation and Mitsubishi Japan Studies endowments at the University of Pittsburgh.

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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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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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
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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
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