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Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Fellowships & Grants for East Asian Studies at the Graduate Level. Contact Information. Celia Bhattacharya Program Officer [email protected] Tel: 212-854-9206 Room 935 International Affairs Building WEAI Funding Web Page:

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Weatherhead east asian institute

Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Fellowships & Grants for East Asian Studies at the Graduate Level


Contact information

Contact Information

Celia Bhattacharya

Program Officer

[email protected]

Tel: 212-854-9206

Room 935 International Affairs Building

WEAI Funding Web Page:

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/weai/funding.html


About the institute

About the Institute

  • The Institute’s mission is to advance the study of modern East Asia through academic research, public programs, and funding for the study of East Asia.

  • Institute faculty represent the many academic departments at Columbia engaged in the study of modern East Asia.

  • The Institute is not an academic department, but a regional institute established in 1949.


Fellowships and grants general

Fellowships and Grants-General

  • Awards vary between $1,000 and more than $20,000

  • Competitive, with acceptance rates varying from 10% to 30%

  • Uses of the fellowships and grants include

    • Research

    • Language acquisition

    • Internship

    • General academic year support

  • For use during summer or academic year


Sources of funding eligibility

Sources of Funding & Eligibility

  • Sources of funding vary and include

    • Foundation Support, including the Weatherhead Foundation

    • Individual and Family Donations

    • Federal Government

  • Eligibility varies according to each funding opportunity

    • Some require that you be a SIPA student

    • Some require that you be a Ph.D. candidate

    • Some require US citizenship or Permanent Resident status

    • Detailed eligibility requirements will be discussed


Application deadline

Application Deadline

Applications Due By:

March 2, 2007


Application process general

Application Process-General

  • Apply online on WEAI website

  • For most fellowships and grants submit:

    • Basic Application Form

    • Specific Grant or Fellowship Application form(s)

    • transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc., requested on the specific fellowship or grant application form

  • For hard copy materials (transcript, reference letters, etc.):

    • Do not use staples or paper clips

    • Place in folder or large envelope

    • Reference letters should be sealed and included with other materials


Application submission

Application Submission

  • Submit all hard copy application materials to

    Celia Bhattacharya, Program Officer

    Weatherhead East Asian Institute

    Columbia University

    420 West 118th Street, MC 3333

    Room 935 International Affairs Building

    New York, NY 10027

    Mailbox #25 across from the elevators on the 9th floor of the International Affairs Building.


Application guidelines

Application Guidelines

  • Applicants may apply for multiple awards.

  • Application materials will not be returned.

  • Only the relevant application materials for each fellowship and grant will be reviewed.

  • Application materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Incomplete applications may not be considered.


Application review and notification

Application Review and Notification

  • Weatherhead East Asian Institute and other Columbia faculty review all applications

  • Notification via email on a rolling basis through late April


Award disbursement

Award Disbursement

  • Awards are disbursed directly to students’ Columbia University accounts

  • Awardees then receive a check or direct deposit through the Office of Student Financial Services


Obligations of recipients

Obligations of Recipients

  • All recipients must submit a one to two page report of their funded activities—except for FLAS, which has its own online reporting requirements

  • Recipients who serve in internships must submit a letter or completion from the host organization

  • Federal government grants have penalties for non-compliance!


General selection criteria for all fellowships and grants

General Selection Criteria for All Fellowships and Grants

  • Academic excellence

  • Demonstrated commitment to study and/or engagement with an East Asian country, the region, or language and to incorporating it in one’s long-term academic or professional career goals

  • Additional criteria apply to specific fellowships and grants


Opportunities for most columbia graduate students

Opportunities for most Columbia Graduate Students

  • Academic Year Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

  • Summer Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

  • Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Grant

  • Y.F. and L.C.C. Wu Fellowship


Foreign language area studies fellowship flas

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

  • Federal government program that funds foreign language study.

  • US citizens and permanent residents are eligible.

  • East Asian languages include

    • Chinese (at the 3rd year level or above)

    • Japanese (at the 3rd year level or above)

    • Korean (at the 3rd year level or above)

    • Tibetan (at least 2nd year level or above), Summer only

  • Academic Year FLAS is considered “substitutional” funding for Ph.D. students.


Foreign language area studies fellowship flas1

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

  • Eligibility

    • US Citizens and Permanent Residents only

    • GSAS, SIPA, Teachers College—M.A. or Ph.D.

  • Must enroll in US Department of Education Approved Language Program

  • Applications for GSAS students available in 107 Low Library.

  • Applications for SIPA students online at http://www.sipa.columbia.edu/prog/fellowship.html


Summer flas

Summer FLAS

  • Funding for a full-time course of summer language study in the United States or abroad— at least 140 hours over the course of at least six weeks.

  • Provides

    • Tuition

    • Health and basic insurance fees

    • $2,500 stipend

  • Average of 5 awards per summer

  • Selection criteria include

    • Academic excellence

    • commitment to the language and using it as part of long-term academic or professional career goals


Academic year flas

Academic Year FLAS

  • Funding for academic year language study. Must also take one East Asian studies course.

  • Provides

    • Tuition

    • Health and basic insurance fees

    • $14,500 stipend

  • Average of 8 or 9 awards per academic year

  • Selection criteria include

    • Academic excellence

    • commitment to the language and using it as part of long-term academic or professional career goals


Flas application procedures

FLAS Application Procedures

  • GSAS students apply to GSAS

    • Application available in 107 Low Library

  • SIPA students apply to SIPA

    • Application available online at http://www.sipa.columbia.edu/prog/fellowship.html

  • Application Materials:

    • FLAS Application Form

    • Personal Statement

    • Academic Transcripts

    • Two (2) Letters of Reference

    • Letter of Language Evaluation

  • Completion of the online WEAI Basic Application Form is requested, but not required


Foreign language area studies fellowship flas2

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)

FLAS Contacts:

Sandra Peters(for GSAS Students)

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

[email protected]

212-854-6725

Room 107 Low Library

Caroline Kay(for SIPA Students)

Assistant Dean

SIPA Student Affairs

[email protected]

212-854-8690

6th Floor International Affairs Building


Sasakawa young leaders fellowship fund sylff grant

Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Grant

  • Funds summer projects focused on politics, economy, business, international and public affairs, law, society, and media in modern East Asia are eligible

  • Eligibility

    • All CU Graduate Students—M.A. and Ph.D.

  • Priority will be given to students for research or secured internships in Southeast Asia, and to students who wish to use their research or internship to expand their expertise beyond their main country of interest.


Sasakawa young leaders fellowship fund sylff grant1

Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Grant

  • Provides

    • Partial support for travel and cost of living expenses for the summer (amount varies between $1,000 and $3,000)

  • Average of 10 awards per summer

  • Selection criteria include

    • Academic excellence

    • Demonstrated commitment to Southeast or East Asia, and to incorporating it in one’s long-term academic or professional career goals

  • For projects outside of Southeast Asia, apply for the Weatherhead Training Grant or Weatherhead Ph.D. Training Grant instead.


Sylff grant application

SYLFF Grant Application

  • Apply to WEAI online

  • Application Materials:

    • Basic Application Form

    • SYLFF Grant Application Form

    • one-page description of the proposed project

    • official Columbia University transcript

    • resume

    • one letter of recommendation

    • detailed budget

    • if your project is an internship, a letter from the host organization confirming your internship


Y f and l c c wu fellowship

Y.F. and L.C.C. Wu Fellowship

  • Provides academic year support

    • $5,000 stipend

  • Eligibility

    • GSAS, Business, SIPA, Teachers College

    • Preference for students from China or of Chinese descent.

  • Average of four awards per academic year

  • Selection criteria include

    • Academic excellence

    • Financial need


Y f and l c c wu fellowship application

Y.F. and L.C.C. Wu Fellowship Application

  • Apply to WEAI online

  • Application Materials:

    • Basic Application Form

    • Y.F. and L.C.C. Wu Fellowship Application Form

    • Documentation of Chinese citizenship or, if possible, of Chinese heritage

    • one-page statement of purpose regarding your academic/career plans and how the Wu fellowship will help you succeed in your endeavors

    • official Columbia University transcript

    • one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or instructor familiar with your work

    • completed Y.F. and L.C.C. Wu Fellowship Financial Statement Worksheet

    • supporting documentation for the financial statement worksheet, including a copy of your tax return from the previous year


Opportunity for sipa students only

Opportunity for SIPA Students Only

  • SIPA Program Assistantship


Sipa program assistantship sipa fellowship

SIPA Program Assistantship (SIPA Fellowship)

  • Provides academic year support

    • approximately $14,200 tuition credit for the academic year

    • approximately $2,400 salary per semester

  • Eligibility

    • SIPA students only

    • Availability to work 15 hours per week at WEAI

    • Enroll for at least 12 points per semester

  • 2-3 awards with WEAI per academic year


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SIPA Program Assistantship(SIPA Fellowship)

  • Selection criteria include

    • Academic excellence

    • Proven organizational skills

    • Interest in East Asia and East Asian language ability

  • Duties include

    • Planning and organizing East Asia related student events

    • Managing APAC, a WEAI-affiliated student group

    • Assisting WEAI faculty and staff with work as needed


Sipa program assistantship application procedures

SIPA Program Assistantship Application Procedures

  • Must apply both to WEAI and SIPA

  • Application to WEAI includes

    • WEAI’s Basic Application Form

    • WEAI’s SIPA Program Assistantship Application Form

    • resume


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SIPA Program Assistantship Application Procedures

  • SIPA applications available online at

    http://www.sipa.columbia.edu/prog/fellowship.html

  • Assistant Dean Caroline Kay is the contact person for questions about the SIPA application.

    • Email: [email protected]


Opportunity for m a professional school students

Opportunity for M.A. & Professional School Students

  • Weatherhead Training Grant


Weatherhead training grant

Weatherhead Training Grant

  • Provides summer funding to support projects that develop academic and/or professional expertise that cross traditional disciplinary, geographic, or temporal boundaries, and/or combines regional and functional expertise.

  • Eligibility

    • M.A. students in GSAS and all professional school (Business, Journalism, Law, SIPA) students

  • Examples of projects include research or unpaid internships in East Asia, or summer acquisition of a second language.

  • For projects in Southeast Asia apply for the SYLFF Grant instead.


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Weatherhead Training Grant

  • Provides

    • Up to $3,000 in support

  • Average of 6 awards per summer.

  • Selection criteria include:

    • Academic excellence

    • Demonstrated commitment to East Asia, and to incorporating it in one’s long-term academic or professional career goals


Weatherhead training grant application

Weatherhead Training Grant Application

  • Apply to WEAI online

  • Application materials:

    • Basic Application Form

    • Weatherhead Training Grant Application Form

    • one-page description of the proposed project

    • official Columbia University transcript

    • one letter of recommendation, preferably from a Columbia University faculty member or instructor

    • detailed budget which includes a break down of your expenses

    • resume

    • brief statement of purpose explaining your long-term academic/career plans and how this training grant will help you to achieve your plans

    • if your project is an internship, a letter from the host organization confirming your internship

    • any additional information (letters of invitation from host organizations, description of the language program, etc.) that you think would be helpful to the review committee


Funding for ph d students only

Funding for Ph.D. Students Only

  • Julie How Fellowship

  • V. K. Wellington Koo Fellowship

  • C. Martin Wilbur Fellowship

  • Daniel and Marianne Spiegel Fund Grant

  • Junior Fellowship in Japan Studies

  • Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Fellowship

  • Weatherhead Ph.D. Training Grant


Julie how fellowship

Julie How Fellowship

  • Provides

    • Academic year support for tuition, matriculation and fees, health insurance, and/or stipend for the academic year

    • Amounts vary from approximately $5,000 to $12,000

  • Eligibility

    • Ph.D. students doing dissertation research or write-up

    • Research focus on China

    • Any social science discipline

  • One to two awards per academic year


Julie how fellowship application

Julie How Fellowship Application

  • Apply to WEAI online

  • Application materials:

    • Basic Application Form

    • Julie How Fellowship Application Form

    • statement of progress of approximately four pages describing your dissertation progress

    • two letters of reference

    • all official academic transcripts, including those from Columbia


V k wellington koo fellowship

V. K. Wellington Koo Fellowship

  • Provides

    • Academic year support for tuition, matriculation and fees, health insurance, and/or stipend

    • Amounts vary from approximately $12,000 to $18,000

  • Eligibility

    • Ph.D. students doing dissertation write-up

    • Research focus on modern Chinese history or political science

    • Any social science discipline, including history

  • One award per academic year


V k wellington koo fellowship application

V. K. Wellington Koo Fellowship Application

  • Apply to WEAI online

  • Application materials:

    • Basic Application Form

    • V.K. Wellington Koo Fellowship Application Form

    • statement of progress of approximately four pages describing your dissertation progress

    • two letters of reference

    • all official academic transcripts, including those from Columbia


C martin wilbur fellowship

C. Martin Wilbur Fellowship

  • Provides

    • Academic year support for tuition, matriculation and fees, health insurance, and/or stipend for the academic year

    • Amounts vary from approximately $5,000 to $12,000

  • Eligibility

    • Ph.D. students doing dissertation research or write-up

    • Research focus on modern China

    • Any social science discipline, including history

  • One award per academic year


C martin wilbur fellowship application

C. Martin Wilbur Fellowship Application

  • Apply to WEAI online

  • Application materials:

    • Basic Application Form

    • C. Martin Wilbur Fellowship Application Form

    • statement of progress of approximately four pages describing your dissertation progress

    • two letters of reference

    • all official academic transcripts, including those from Columbia


Daniel and marianne spiegel fund grant

Daniel and Marianne Spiegel Fund Grant

  • Purpose

    • Summer or academic year funding for Ph.D. students doing social science research related to politics, social change, economic change, or policy on post-1900 China

  • Eligibility

    • Ph.D. students in GSAS, SIPA, Social Work, Teachers College, and Public Health

    • Direct research expenses such as the following are allowable: books, research assistants, honoraria, data collection, telecommunications charges, software, printing and reproduction costs, in-country travel, conference attendance, and equipment/office supplies.


Daniel and marianne spiegel fund grant1

Daniel and Marianne Spiegel Fund Grant

  • Provides

    • up to $2,000

    • a few grants over the academic year and summer

  • Selection criteria include:

    • Academic excellence

    • Demonstrated commitment to East Asia, and to incorporating it in one’s long-term academic or professional career goals


Daniel and marianne spiegel fund grant application

Daniel and Marianne Spiegel Fund Grant Application

  • Apply to WEAI online

  • Application materials:

    • Basic Application Form

    • Daniel and Marianne Spiegel Fund Grant Application Form

    • one-page project description

    • one-page budget indicating the research expenses for which you are requesting reimbursement

    • official Columbia University transcript

    • one letter or recommendation from a Columbia University faculty member or instructor


Junior fellowship in japan studies

Junior Fellowship in Japan Studies

  • Provides

    • Academic year support for matriculation and fees plus health insurance and stipend for academic year, approximately $20,000 total

  • Eligibility

    • Ph.D. students doing dissertation write-up on modern and contemporary Japan

    • priority to history and social science topics

  • One or two awards per academic year


Junior fellowship in japan studies application

Junior Fellowship in Japan Studies Application

  • Apply to WEAI online

  • Application materials:

    • Basic Application Form

    • Junior Fellowship in Japan Studies Application Form

    • statement of progress of approximately four pages describing your dissertation progress

    • two letters of reference

    • all official academic transcripts, including those from Columbia


Sasakawa young leaders fellowship fund sylff fellowship

Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Fellowship

  • Provides

    • Academic year support for matriculation and fees, health insurance, and stipend

    • Awards are approximately $10,000 to $18,000

  • One to two awards per academic year


Sasakawa young leaders fellowship fund sylff fellowship1

Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Fellowship

  • Eligibility

    • Advanced Ph.D. students focused on politics, economy, business, international and public affairs, law, society, and media in modern East and Southeast Asia

    • Completing coursework, pursuing dissertation research, or in the dissertation write-up phase

    • Priority will be given to students whose research focuses on Southeast Asia and on regional or cross-national issues in East Asia


Sylff fellowship application

SYLFF Fellowship Application

  • Apply to WEAI online

  • Application materials:

    • Basic Application Form

    • SYLFF Fellowship Application Form

    • statement of progress of approximately four pages describing your dissertation progress

    • two letters of reference

    • all official academic transcripts, including those from Columbia


Weatherhead ph d training grant

Weatherhead Ph.D. Training Grant

  • Purpose

    • Funds summer projects focused on East Asia or Southeast Asia

  • Eligibility

    • Ph.D. students

    • projects that develop academic and/or professional expertise that cross traditional disciplinary, geographic, or temporal boundaries, and/or combines regional and functional expertise.

    • examples of projects include summer acquisition of a second language, research trips, and unpaid internships in the region.

  • Provides

    • Up to $4,000

    • Approximately 20 awards per summer


Weatherhead ph d training grant1

Weatherhead Ph.D. Training Grant

  • Preference given to applicants whose projects:

    • Take them to East Asia or Southeast Asia

    • Assist in the development of a student's dissertation through field or archival work or the acquisition of new skills

    • Are undertaken during the first and second years of a student's matriculation at Columbia, and up to the third year for students entering without a masters degree.

    • Link to WEAI projects that promote collaboration with scholars and institutions in the region


Weatherhead ph d training grant application

Weatherhead Ph.D. Training Grant Application

  • Apply to WEAI online

  • Application materials:

    • Basic Application Form

    • Weatherhead Ph.D. Training Grant Application Form

    • one-page description of the proposed project

    • official Columbia University transcript

    • detailed budget which includes a break down of your expenses

    • brief statement of purpose explaining your long-term academic/career plans and how this training grant will help you to achieve your plans

    • if your project is an internship, a letter from the host organization confirming your internship

    • any additional information (letters of invitation from host organizations, description of the language program, etc.) that you think would be helpful to the review committee


Questions about fellowships and grants

Questions about Fellowships and Grants

  • Contact

    Celia Bhattacharya

    [email protected]

    212-854-9206

    Room 935 International Affairs Building


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