Graduate Funding

Deadline:
Friday, March 1, 2019
Eligibility:

Funded through a generous donation in the name of Dr. Mohinder Bahl and Mrs. Saroj Bahl, students, faculty, and affiliated researchers may apply for up to $500 to help fund research, travel, or other educational expenses for projects and education that support India, Indian Studies, or people of Indian origin. Strong preference will be given to students, faculty, or researchers with demonstrated financial need.

Requirements: Application form (submittable link forthcoming); statement of purpose (1000 words or less) that describes how the project, travel, research, or educational expense will be used to fulfill the mission of the Dr. Mohinder and Saroj Bahl fund of supporting India, Indian Studies, and people of Indian origin; detailed budget including other sources of funding.

Undergraduate and Graduate student applicants must provide one letter of recommendation

All grantee must commit to providing a short letter explaining the effects of the grant funding to be sent to Mrs. Saroj Bahl.

Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
Up to $10,000 graduate student research scholarship that can be used to support research in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or research on a Chinese diaspora community during the year or summer.
Deadline:
Friday, February 14, 2020

Requirements: Application form (here); a proposal (no more than 3 pages single spaced) describing the research, importance to the field, and planned research deliverables (research deliverables can include conference presentations, journal articles, book publications/ contracts, policy white papers, or other public distribution of scholarship.); an updated CV, three letters of recommendation (including one from their advisor), and a detailed budget for the research.
We will ask students who are awarded the grant to commit to presenting their scholarship at our year end conference.

Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
Graduate Student- Faculty research partnerships which will support collaborative research between a faculty member and a graduate student.
Deadline:
Sunday, December 8, 2019

$6000 Graduate Student- Faculty research partnerships which will support collaborative research between a faculty member and a graduate student. The faculty member and graduate student will commit to meeting during the Spring semester as preparation for graduate summer research. They will commit to produce a product during the Fall semester after the award. Graduate students will be awarded $5000 and their faculty partner will be awarded $1000 to complete the research project.
Requirements: Application form (here) Student-Faculty research proposal that explains their research partnership and defines in detail their Spring semester research plan, the summer research proposal, and the expected outcome of the collaboration for both parties. We will ask both faculty and student to provide recent CVs and a detailed budget for the summer research funding portion of the grant.
Faculty and/or Graduate Students who are awarded the grant will commit to present their scholarship at our year end conference.

Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
Students may apply for POSCO funds up to $1000 to help support research in Korean Studies, Korean language acquisition, or study abroad to Korea during the academic year.
Deadline:
Friday, February 14, 2020
Eligibility:
  • Applicant must be a Pitt graduate student enrolled in the Asian Studies Certificate
  • Applicant must be have a demonstrated record in Korean Studies

Through a generous donation from POSCO America, the Asian Studies Center has established a new POSCO Scholars program in Korean Studies. Students may apply for POSCO funds up to $1000 to help support research in Korean Studies, Korean language acquisition, or study abroad to Korea during the academic year.
Applications must include:

  • Official transcripts (send directly to the Asian Studies Center)
  • Three letters of recommendation, with a preference for one from a language instructor
  • A written statement (five pages double spaced maximum) summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests, and plans for use of the award
  • A complete application found here
Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
Students may apply for POSCO funds up to $1500 to help support research in Korean Studies, Korean language acquisition, or study abroad to Korea during the academic year.
Deadline:
Friday, February 14, 2020
Eligibility:

Through a generous donation from POSCO America, the Asian Studies Center has established a new POSCO Scholars program in Korean Studies. Students may apply for POSCO funds up to $1500 to help support research in Korean Studies, Korean language acquisition, or study abroad to Korea during the academic year.

            Applicant must be a Pitt graduate student enrolled in the Asian Studies Certificate

            Applicant must be have a demonstrated record in Korean Studies

            Official transcripts (send directly to the Asian Studies Center)

            Three letters of recommendation, with a preference for one from a language instructor

            A written statement (five pages double spaced maximum) summarizing academic goals, career objectives, research interests, and plans for use of the award

            A complete application found here

Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
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.
Deadline:
Friday, September 20, 2019
Eligibility:

Students must:

  • Have completed at least one year of college level Japanese
  • Register for the Boston Career Forum before the application deadline
  • Commit to attending one pre-departure meeting and up to three hours of service related to the Boston Career Forum on return.

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

The Boston Career Forum runs from November 1-3. ASC will provide air travel and lodging for the trip and will host one dinner.
For more information about the Boston Career Forum and to register for the event, see https://careerforum.net/en/event/bos/
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.

Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
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.
Deadline details:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Eligibility:

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
Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
Deadline:
Friday, February 14, 2020
Eligibility:
  • 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.
Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
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
Deadline:
Friday, February 14, 2020
Eligibility:

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:

  • 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

In addition, please note all students must submit copies of transcripts from all undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) programs attended to the Asian Studies Center either in hard copy or via email to rookkoepsel@pitt.edu by the application deadline.

Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
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
Deadline:
Friday, February 14, 2020
Deadline details:

Application packets should be submitted directly to your department chair according to their departmental deadline (which in all cases will be before February 15), 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!

Eligibility:

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, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese at the second-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 the following materials. (It is no longer necessary to submit four copies.) 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.

Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
Application form:
https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/sites/default/files/FLAS-Grad-AY-Application-19-20.doc