Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Scholarships

There are many opportunities for students to apply for scholarships, both within and outside the department/college. Listed below are scholarships available throughout the school year: students should start their planning well in advance so as not to miss any deadlines. Many of these scholarships are for study abroad, but several can be used for general expenses. Since many scholarships are need-based, you will want to ensure your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is on file at UT. The FAFSA is available after January 1; students should submit their application as early as possible.

Several of these scholarships are accessed through the GLOBAL A$$IST website. Please apply only to the scholarship that corresponds to the semester in which you will begin your study or research program.

China Studies Scholarship for Study Abroad

The Department of Asian Studies offers the China Studies Study Abroad Scholarship, which provides partial financial support for students planning to study in the People's Republic of China or Taiwan during the summer session or anytime during the academic year. The scholarship amount varies each year, depending on the budget and number of scholarships awarded. The amount is not intended to cover the full cost of a program, so students should pursue additional sources of funding.

Eligibility: Students must have completed at least one year of Chinese at UT-Austin by the end of the semester in which they apply. The competition is based on academic achievement, financial need, and merit of the proposed study abroad program. Undergraduate students must enroll in a language or other organized program. Graduate students conducting research may propose other projects abroad if their faculty advisor agrees to supervise their work.

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted online by October 15th in the fall/March 15th in the spring. Letters of recommendation are filled out by faculty members online. Automated requests for letters of recommendation are sent out by the system after students have completed and submitted the online application. At least one of the letters of recommendation must be from a Chinese language instructor. Applications are to be completed online through the Study Abroad Office's GLOBAL A$$IST system.

Endowed Presidential Scholarships

The Department of Asian Studies invites applications from qualified students for three Endowed Presidential Scholarships. Students can apply for the Faurot and Kennedy scholarships with a single application, but those interested in the Aggarwal Scholarship must apply separately.

The Louise J. Faurot Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Chinese Studies

Amount: $2500


Established in honor of her mother by the late Professor Jennifer Faurot, a pioneer in the field of Chinese Studies at UT, this scholarship supports undergraduate students in their research and scholarly efforts with a focus on Chinese Studies. Recipients may major in History, Philosophy, Religion, Comparative Literature, or Plan II, as long as their focus is Chinese Studies.

Bill and Tomiko Kennedy Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Chinese Studies

Amount: $2500


Established by UT Alumnus Kevyn Kennedy in honor of his parents, this scholarship supports upper-level undergraduates who study Chinese language, literature, culture and history at UT. Preference will be given to students who are learning Chinese as a second language over native Chinese speakers and to students who have national or community service in their backgrounds. Preference should also be given to students who are working their way through college. Financial need is also considered.

Eligibility:

  • Must have at least 45 hours in residence
  • Must be a junior or senior undergraduate
  • Must have overall GPA of at least 3.6
  • Must be enrolled full time (at least 12,preferably 15 hours) in both the fall and spring semesters of the following academic year (during the tenure of the award)

Only applicants who have completed two years of Chinese language study will be considered for the Kennedy Scholarship.

How to Apply

Students apply for the Faurot and Kennedy scholarships with a single application. Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for both scholarships by submitting the following materials to the Asian Studies Department, WCH 4.134 or to ANS.Scholarships@austin.utexas.edu:

  • Academic Summary (from Registrar’s Office) or UT Transcript.
  • one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
  • one-page personal statement (350 words or less) that addresses one's interest in China and future plans for the study of Chinese language and/or Chinese studies at UT and beyond.

The application deadline is March 15

Aggarwal Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Indian Studies

Amount: varies, up to $3000


Administered by the South Asia Institute.  The Aggarwal Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Indian Studies was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on March 11, 2010, for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by J.K. Aggarwal, Ph.D. of Austin, TX and Shanti J. Aggarwal, Ph.D. of Austin, TX.

Eligibility:

  • Must have at least 45 hours in residence
  • Must be a junior or senior undergraduate
  • Must have overall GPA of at least 3.6
  • Must be enrolled full time (at least 12, preferably 15 hours) in both the fall and spring semesters of the following academic year (during the tenure of the award)

How to Apply

Interested students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for this scholarship by submitting the following materials to the South Asia Institute in WCH 4.132 or to sai@austin.utexas.edu:

  • Academic Summary (from Registrar’s Office) or UT Transcript.
  • one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
  • one-page personal statement (350 words or less) that addresses one's interest in India and future plans for the study of Indian languages and/or India studies at UT and beyond.

The application deadline is November 1.  

Peter Vlach Memorial Scholarship in Liberal Arts

Amount: $1000

The Peter Vlach Memorial Scholarship in Liberal Arts was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 17, 2007, for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. The endowment honors Mr. Peter F. Vlach of Trophy Club, Texas, a 1999 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts.

Eligibility: Any level of undergraduate student can apply. The competition is based on academic achievement and merit of the proposed study abroad program. Undergraduate students must enroll in a language or other organized program in China or Taiwan.

How to Apply: Interested students should submit the following materials to the Asian Studies Department, WCH 4.134 or to ANS.Scholarships@austin.utexas.edu:

  • Academic Summary (from Registrar’s Office) or UT Transcript.
  • one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
  • one-page personal statement (350 words or less) that addresses one's interest in China or Taiwan and plans for the study of Chinese and/or Chinese studies abroad.

The application deadline is March 15. 

POSCO Korean Studies Scholarship

Via the generosity of the Korea Foundation/POSCO Korean Studies endowment, some funding is available for UT students who will participate in a language or other study program in Korea or an equivalent program elsewhere during the summer or academic year. Note that students who have not yet applied to such a program may nonetheless submit an application for the scholarship; receipt of support will then be contingent on providing proof of acceptance to the program named in your application. There is no citizenship or residency requirement for this scholarship. It is estimated that awards will be for a minimum of $500, though in the past larger awards have also been made. Applicants should also pursue other sources of funding.

Applications from those currently engaged in ongoing research or Korea-related study will also be considered.

Eligibility: Students should have a background in Korean language and/or Korean Studies.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online by March 15th. Letters of recommendation are filled out by faculty members online. Automated requests for letters of recommendation are sent out by the system after students have completed and submitted the online application. Applications are to be completed online through the Study Abroad Office's GLOBAL A$$IST system.

If you have any questions about the POSCO Korea Studies Scholarship, please contact Robert Oppenheim (rmo@mail.utexas.edu).

Please apply only to the scholarship that corresponds to the semester in which you will begin your study or research program.

Mitsubishi Study Abroad Scholarship

The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Endowment provides partial funding for UT students studying abroad in Japan during the summer session or anytime during the academic year.

Eligibility: Applicants must participate in a language or other organized study program in Japan or the equivalent elsewhere. Funding is available for either graduate or undergraduate students. However, students must have completed at least one year of Japanese by the end of the semester in which they apply in order to receive consideration. Awards are for a minimum of $500. The amount is not intended to cover the full cost of a program, so students should pursue additional sources of funding.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online by October 15th. Letters of recommendation are filled out by faculty members online. Automated requests for letters of recommendation are sent out by the system after students have completed and submitted the online application. At least one of the letters of recommendation must be from a Japanese language instructor. Applications are to be completed online through the Study Abroad Office's GLOBAL A$$IST system.

Please apply only to the scholarship that corresponds to the semester in which you will begin your study or research program.

International Education Fee Scholarship

The International Education Fee Scholarship is open to any UT Austin student studying or conducting research abroad. Awards range from approximately $1,000 - $1800. Competition opens on the first day of each long semester with deadlines on Oct. 1 for spring and March 1st for summer and fall.

Eligibility: Minimum UT GPA required: 2.00. The competition is based on need and merit with more emphasis on need.

How to Apply

The application consists of a basic online application, a listing of your honors and awards, a bit of information about your finances and the program you have selected as well as a one-page essay. Two letters of recommendation are required. Applications are to be completed online through the Study Abroad Office's GLOBAL A$$IST system.

Liberal Arts Competitive Scholarships

Merit and need scholarships for Liberal Arts students. A number of awards are made each semester. Awards range from $1,000 - $2,500.  For more information click here.  

Liberal Arts Study Abroad Scholarships for Exchange Programs

For students in the College of Liberal Arts planning on participating in an Exchange Study Abroad Program. Number and amount of awards vary each semester.  For more information click here.  

Rapoport Service Scholarship for Freshmen

The Rapoport Service Scholarship is designed for students that are interested in volunteerism, community service and service learning.  The program combines academics with a required community service component that allows students to bridge their academic interests with community service.  Community service work is designed to complement the student’s curriculum and create potential career opportunities.  All Rapoport Scholars will join a Bridging Disciplines Program to further integrate their classroom, research, and internship experiences and their work as a Rapoport Scholar.

Scholars must apply separately to the Bridging Disciplines Program and follow BDP application instructions and deadlines.  Scholars receive a laptop computer to use during the program and are awarded the computer upon completion of the program. 

For more information click here.  

Liberal Arts Merit Scholarships

Merit and need-based scholarships for Liberal Arts students. A number of awards are made per academic year. Awards range $1,000 - $2,500.  For more information click here.

Liberal Arts Council (LAC) Study Abroad Scholarship

For Liberal Arts students studying or conducting research abroad. Students planning to attend year-long programs are encouraged to apply.  Awards range from $250 - $2,000.  For more information click here.

First Abroad Planning Scholarship

The First Abroad Scholarship supports first-generation students planning for a study abroad experience. It is a one-time scholarship of $3,000 used to fund participation in a UT-approved study abroad program. We will award 25 students in the 2019-20 school year.

This scholarship is ideal for first-generation students that know they want to study abroad, but have not yet chosen a program. Recipients work with an advisor to explore program options, learn about funding opportunities, and establish an academic plan for study abroad.  For more information click here.  

UT Austin Continuing and Transfer Scholarships

The UT Austin Scholarship Application for Continuing & Transfer Students is available in November of each year and is used to award students for the following academic year. This online application is strictly for continuing students who are eligible to enroll, transfer students who have been officially admitted or have completed an application for transfer admission, AND returning UT Austin students who are applying for readmission to The University of Texas at Austin. Students participating in the Coordinated Admissions Program (CAP), seeking admission to UT Austin and waiting to complete the requirements by June 1 to enroll in the Fall, can also use this online application. For more information click here.  

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Competition

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The fellowship assists meritorious graduate and undergraduate students undergoing intensive training in modern languages and related area or international studies.

Summer Awards
 - for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The summer FLAS fellowship provides a $2,500 stipend and institutional payments (tuition and course-related fees) up to $5,000. Summer FLAS recipients must enroll in an approved intensive modern South Asian language study program for which the fellowship is granted. SASLI (at the University of Wisconsin) and AIIS (in various places in India) are the most common programs used, but you may attend other universities in the US or other institutions in India, such as the Landour Language School for Intermediate Hindi, if the syllabus is approved and there are at least 150 class contact hours during the fellowship period.

Eligibility

Students from all fields of study, and from all departments, colleges, and schools are eligible to apply for FLAS funding, as long as the student:

  • Is a citizen, or a national or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Is in a program of study that combines modern foreign language training with an area or international studies emphasis or;
  • Is engaged in research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study related to the region of South Asia;
  • Is enrolled in a program of modern foreign language training (please refer to the approved language list above);
  • For Graduate Students: Is engaged in pre-dissertation study, preparation for dissertation research, or, in certain cases, dissertation research abroad, or dissertation writing;
  • For Undergraduate Students: Is enrolled in a program of modern foreign language training at the intermediate or advanced level.

Please Note: Awards will not be made to native speakers of the language nor those who possess fluency equivalent to educated native speakers in the language for which the award is sought.

How to Apply

Summer Application for undergraduates

In addition to filling out the application forms, a completed application must include:

  • Official academic transcripts
  • Two letters of academic reference with reference forms
  • One letter of language reference with reference form

Please have transcripts and references sent to:

FLAS coordinator, South Asia Institute

The University of Texas at Austin, WCH 4.132 (G9300)

Austin, Texas 78712

Phone: (512) 232-9096 Fax: (512) 471-3336

sai@austin.utexas.edu

Approved Languages

SAI offers academic year funding for the following languages: Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Pashto, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu, and other approved contemporary South Asian languages.

Important FLAS Fellowship Dates

  • Applications are due in early February
  • Notifications of awards are sent out at the end of March

Taiwan Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship

To encourage international students and individuals to undertake Mandarin Chinese language study in Taiwan, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan) established the Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) Program in 2005.

View the eligibility requirements here.

The yearly application period is from February 1st through March 31st, unless specified otherwise.  Those who wish to compete for the two spots of priority consideration given to UT Austin should submit a hard copy of their application forms and supporting documents to Faith Hanley at the front desk of the Department of Asian Studies (WCH  4.134), or whoever is at the front desk at the moment, by March 1st no later than 5:00pm

The application forms can be downloaded here.   

In addition to two letters of recommendation from your professors, the required forms (in hard copies) for the priority considerations are:
1.  HES application form
2.  HES Terms of Agreement
For supporting documents, please see "HES Instructions."  

Mandarin Chinese language centers and universities/colleges in Taiwan that participate in the MOE scholarship programs can be found at https://www.studyintaiwan.org.

Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Camilla Hsieh: camilla@utexas.edu

If you wish to apply for a degree scholarship (
臺灣獎學金: Master's or Ph.D.), please go to the site below. You will need to apply with TECO in Houston directly:

http://www.moetw.org/2019/01/taiwanscholarship.html

Bridging Scholarships

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.  Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan.  For more information click here.  

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for undergraduate study abroad to students receiving Pell Grants. Award amounts vary according to length of study and demonstrated need: the average award is around $4,000. Students who apply for and receive the Gilman scholarship are also eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement for a total possible award of up to $8,000.  (Critical languages include Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali.) For more information click here.  

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Each summer, CLS provides rigorous academic instruction in fifteen languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors, sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad.  For more information click here.  

NSEP - David Boren Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Students study the less commonly taught languages, including Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Pashto, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese.  These scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. For more information click here.

TUSA Summer Mandarin and Culture Study Abroad Scholarship

The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an Ambassador program. A unique program especially designed for students who will be representing their state as well as the United States, acting as ambassadors to Taiwan. Upon returning to the United States, students will be expected to act as ambassadors of good will for both the United States and Taiwan whenever the opportunity presents itself.

TUSA wants to create closer friendships and understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan. To accomplish our objective, we are offering a unique program to college/university undergraduate/graduate students who are interested in studying Mandarin (Chinese) language and learning about Taiwanese culture.  For more information click here.  

Hanyang Endowed Excellence Scholarship

Undergraduate students studying on exchange programs in East or Southeast Asia are eligible to apply. Awards range: $3000 - $7000; Approximately four students per semester will be awarded. Scholarships are available for both summer and fall programs.

Eligibility: Freshmen through seniors are eligible to apply (minimum GPA of 3.00)

This scholarship is restricted to the following countries: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

How to Apply

See GLOBAL A$$IST to apply for this scholarship.

Deadline:  summer semester: mid-February/fall semester: March 1st

Text Requirements:

  • Describe the nature and extent of your financial need and any special financial circumstances. Be specific in identifying extenuating circumstances to assist the committee in understanding your need and how a scholarship would positively address it.
  • Propose a project to be completed during the semester you return to UT that would promote international education, either on campus or in your local community. You should develop your project in consultation with your study abroad advisor.
  • Explain your motivation for studying abroad in Asia. Including a description of your background in Asian Languages and Asian Studies, including academic course work and independent study.

For Questions Contact: Madeline M Wermuth: mwermuth@austin.utexas.edu