Undergraduate Funding

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:

  • 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
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:
Wednesday, February 13, 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, or Korean 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.

 

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
This grant provides tuition awards to Pitt undergraduates who will study in Japan for one sememster (fall or spring) or a year (fall and spring)
Deadline:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Eligibility:
  • Applicant must be Pitt undergraduate students who have demonstrated a strong record in Japan studies
  • Applicant must study in Japan for one semester or one year
  • Preference is given to applicants who will have completed at least two years of 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
    This provides a $4,000 award to a Pitt undergraduate student who has compiled a strong record in Japanese language (at least two years of study) and in area studies courses on Japan.
    Deadline:
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    Eligibility:

    Applicant must be:

    • Pitt undergraduate student
    • Strong record in Japanese language (2+ years of study) and area studies on Japan
    • Award can only be used at the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland campus during the academic year while the student is in residence at the Oakland campus.

    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
    This scholarship reduces amount of Intensive Summer Japanese tuition to in-state tuition for out-of-state students
    Deadline:
    Thursday, March 15, 2018
    Eligibility:

    All out-of-state students who take Intensive Summer Japanese (JPNSE 1061 or JPNSE 1062) will receive this scholarship.

    Send a letter of application, hardcopy or e-mail, to the contact below. In the letter, please include the following points:

    • Indicate whether you are interested in the First Year Japanese program or the Second Year Japanese program
    • Explain your academic background
    • Include a statement of purpose explaining the reason for studying Japanese and how training in Japanese will fit into your overall academic goal and/or professional career.

    Also send your most recent academic transcript.

    Contact:
    Paula Locante
    plocante@pitt.edu, East Asian Languages and Literatures, 110 Old Engineering Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260