Undergraduate Funding

Students may apply for POSCO funds up to $500 to help support research in Korean Studies, Korean language acquisition, or study abroad to Korea during the summer
Deadline:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Eligibility:
  • Applicant must be a Pitt undergraduate 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 $500 to help support research in Korean Studies, Korean language acquisition, or study abroad to Korea during the summer.

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
The Japanese Studies Summer Non-language Study Scholarship is a $3500 award for undergraduate students to complete a summer study program in Japan.
Deadline:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Eligibility:

In order to be eligible for the Japanese Summer Study Scholarship- Non-Language, students must:

  • Be Pitt students studying at an approved program in Japan during the summer
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are Asian Studies Certificate students

All applications must include:

  • Completed submittable form (here)
  • Official Transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate program attended (sent directly to Asian Studies Center)
  • An updated CV
  • Two 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.
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:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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 $1000 to help support research in Korean Studies, Korean language acquisition, or study abroad to Korea during the academic year.

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

            Applicant must be have a demonstrated record in Korean Studies

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
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:
Saturday, October 6, 2018
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 9-11. Students will arrange their own travel, and ASC will pay up to $900 for hotel and airfare, and will host one dinner. Other travel expenses, and hotel and airfare above $900 are to be paid by the student.
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
The purpose of this award is to provide funding for undergraduate students conducting research on the INPAC region.
Deadline:
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Eligibility:

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.

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 adviser which should be emailed separately.

Submit all application materials via email to lcb32@pitt.edu in MS word or PDF format.

Contact:
Laura Brown
lcb32@pitt.edu
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:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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 15, 2019
Eligibility:

These fellowships may only be awarded to US citizens or US permanent residents.

FLAS Fellowships are awarded for the 2-semester full academic year (no semester awards).  Fellows must be enrolled in a language course and an East Asia-focused, non-language area studies course during each semester of the award period. ASC FLAS Fellowships are only given to students studying Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese at 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.

 

In some cases, the Fellowship may be supplemented with funding from other sources. For students who have other sources of funding for the 2017-18 academic year, contact the Asian Studies Center before applying for this Fellowship. Undergraduate FLAS Fellowships will only be awarded for the study of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.
The application can now be completed online. To apply, click here.

Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
This scholarship provides funding for the study of Korea by graduate or undergraduate students.
Deadline:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Eligibility:
  • 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

Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371
Application form:
https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/sites/default/files/2017%20Scholarship%20and%20fellowship%20application.doc, https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/sites/default/files/2017%20Scholarship%20and%20fellowship%20application.pdf
This grant provides a tuition award to Pitt undergraduate students to study Japanese during the summer at an approved program of study in the US or Japan.
Deadline:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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

Complete application here. Applications must include:

  • Official transcripts
  • 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
Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
rookkoepsel@pitt.edu, 412-648-7371