Graduate Funding

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.. Grants will only be awarded for travel-related expenses when University operational posture and travel guidelines permit.
Deadline:
Thursday, February 18, 2021
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.. Grants will only be awarded for travel-related expenses when University operational posture and travel guidelines permit.
Deadline:
Thursday, February 18, 2021
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
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.. Grants will only be awarded for travel-related expenses when University operational posture and travel guidelines permit.
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
This grant provides a tuition award to Pitt graduate students to study Japanese during the summer at an approved program of study in the US or Japan. Grants will only be awarded for travel-related expenses when University operational posture and travel guidelines permit.
Deadline:
Thursday, February 18, 2021
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. Grants will only be awarded for travel-related expenses when University operational posture and travel guidelines permit.
Deadline:
Thursday, February 18, 2021
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. Grants will only be awarded for travel-related expenses when University operational posture and travel guidelines permit.
Deadline:
Thursday, February 18, 2021
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 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
  • 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
This grant provides partial support to graduate students for the presentation of conference papers focused on Japan. Grants will only be awarded for travel-related expenses when University operational posture and travel guidelines permit.
Deadline:
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Monday, March 15, 2021, Thursday, July 15, 2021
Deadline details:

Applicants must apply before conference dates. Applications will be accepted Sept. 15, Dec. 1, March 15, July 15. If you are accepted for a conference after one deadline but before the next one, please contact Emily Rook-Koepsel (rookkoepsel@pitt.edu)

Eligibility:
  • 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.

Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
This grant supports the study of Japan by graduate students in the social sciences or humanities at the University of Pittsburgh.. Grants will only be awarded for travel-related expenses when University operational posture and travel guidelines permit.
Deadline:
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Deadline details:

This deadline has been extended.

Eligibility:

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
— 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.

Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
This grant supports doctoral research in Japanese studies at Pitt.. Grants will only be awarded for travel-related expenses when University operational posture and travel guidelines permit.
Deadline:
Friday, February 14, 2020
Eligibility:
  • 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
  • Three letters of reference, including one from the applicant’s dissertation advisor
  • Transcripts from applicant’s graduate and undergraduate education
  • Current CV
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
This grant provides partial support for pre-dissertation research on topics related to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diaspora. Grants will only be awarded for travel-related expenses when University operational posture and travel guidelines permit.
Deadline:
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Eligibility:

This grant provides partial support for pre-dissertation research on topics related to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diaspora. Priority is given to students who have not previously received this grant.

Complete application here. Applications must include:

  • Completed submittable form
  • Official Transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate program attended
  • An updated CV
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A written statement of no more than 2000 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