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Asian Cultural Council Fellowships
November

http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/

The Asian Cultural Council supports cultural exchange between Asia and the United States in the performing and visual arts, primarily by providing individual fellowship grants to artists, scholars, students, and specialists from Asia for study, research, travel and creative work in the United States. Some grants are also awarded to Americans engaged in similar activities in Asia and to arts organizations and educational institutions for specific projects of particular significance to Asian-American cultural exchange. In addition, the Council awards a small number of grants in support of regional exchange activities within Asia.

The ACC's geographic purview covers an extensive area of Asia ranging from Afghanistan to Japan. Because the Council's grant funds are limited, however, priority consideration is currently being given to applicants from that area of Southeast and East Asia extending eastward from Myanmar through Japan.

Grants are made in the following fields: archaeology, architecture (design, theory, and history), art history, art and architectural conservation, crafts, dance, film, museology, music, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, theater, and video.

Asian Art and Religion Fellowship Program
This fellowship program focusing on the relationship between the artistic and religious traditions of Asia was established with an endowment gift from Laurance S. Rockefeller. The program enables American scholars, specialists, and artists to conduct research and undertake projects in Asia involving the interdisciplinary analysis of religion and the arts.

The Council awards up to five research fellowships or travel grants each year through this program. Asian Art and Religion Fellowships have supported research in India on the iconography of Hindu deities, in Indonesia on the relationship between tantric religious thought and masked performance, and in Thailand on Buddhist architecture of northern Thailand.

Humanities Fellowship Program
Intended primarily to support American scholars and graduate students, the Council's Humanities Fellowship Program was initiated with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and matching funds from The JDR 3rd Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program assists American scholars, doctoral students, and specialists in the humanities to undertake research, training, and study in Asia in the following fields: archaeology; conservation; museology; and the theory, history, and criticism of architecture, art, dance, film, music, photography, and theater.

Fellowship grants range in duration from one to nine months. The program also supports American and Asian scholars participating in international conferences, exhibitions, visiting professorships, and similar projects.

Japan-United States Arts Program
The Japan-United States Arts Program of the ACC provides grants to individuals and institutions in Japan and the United States for exchange activities that encourage the study and understanding of Japanese art and culture. This program is made possible with funds contributed by the Seibu Saison Group and provided to the ACC through an endowment gift from the Japan Foundation. Since 1989, the Saison Foundation has contributed annual supplementary funding for the program, and additional support is provided through the ACC's Blanchette H. Rockefeller Fellowship Fund in Japan.

Individual fellowship grants enable Japanese artists, scholars, and specialists to travel to the United States for research, observation, and creative work and allow their American counterparts to visit Japan for similar purposes. The Council also provides limited assistance for performances, exhibitions, and other projects of unusual importance for the development of Japanese-American cultural exchange. In 2005, the program supported thirteen individuals and fourteen institutional projects.

Philippines Fellowship Program
The Philippines Fellowship Program of the Asian Cultural Council was formally inaugurated in 2000 in association with the ACC Philippines Foundation, a new foundation established in Manila to collaborate with the ACC in raising funds and making grants for Philippines-U.S. cultural exchange. Through the ACC Philippines Foundation a range of donors in both countries are contributing to the Philippines Fellowship Program, which emphasizes support for artists, scholars, and specialists from the Philippines undertaking research, study, and creative work in the United States. Some grants are also made to Americans pursuing similar activities in the Philippines and to institutions engaged in Philippines-U.S. or Philippines-Asia exchange projects.

Asian Women in Business - The AWIB Scholarship Fund
October

Founded in 1995, Asian Women In Business (AWIB) is the only non-profit, tax-exempt organization in the country with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs. Over the years, AWIB has expanded its mission to address identified needs and issues affecting the business and professional development of Asian Americans. AWIB also serves on various task forces and boards to promote the inclusion of minority and women owned businesses and professionals.

Eligability:
Candidates for the scholarship must be female of Asian (includes those who can trace their ancestry from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam) or Pacific Islander ancestry.

Candidates must also fulfill the following criteria to be considered:

  • Have at least one or more of the following: a) demonstrated a leadership role in a community or non-profit endeavor, or b) a record of entrepreneurial achievement
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year undergraduate institution in the U.S. at the time of application and award
  • Carry a minimum of 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA at the time of application
  • Provide most recent college transcript; semi-finalists will be required to provide their official college transcript
  • Provide at least one professional recommendation
  • Fully complete the AWIB Scholarship Application

For more information and to apply: http://www.awib.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=811

asian, women
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study
December

http://www.blakemorefoundation.org/Language%20Grants/Language.htm

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia in approved language programs. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are made for one year of full-time language study. This may include study in the summer preceding or following an academic year program. The Foundation encourages applicants who are applying for an academic year program to include a summer term.

An applicant for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship must have

  • A minimum of three academic years of regular language study at the college level (example: completed 3rd year Chinese); or
  • A minimum of one academic year of full-time intensive language study at the college-level; or
  • Provide proof of equivalent competency

Note: Applications for languages which are not commonly taught at U.S. universities will be considered on an individual basis.

Selection Criteria

  • A focused, well-defined career objective involving Asia in which regular use of the language is an important aspect
  • The potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country
  • Prior experience in the Asian country or involvement or participation in activities related to the country
  • Good academic, professional or business background, appropriate to the career program

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for study of the principal modern languages of East and Southeast Asia, such as

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese
  • Indonesian
  • Khmer
  • Malaysian
  • Tibetian
  • Thai
  • Burmese
asian, fine arts, languages
Bridging Scholarships
April

http://www.colorado.edu/ealld/atj/Bridging/scholarships.html

Administered by the Association of Teachers of Japanese, the Bridging Scholarships are available for students who wish to study in Japan. ATJ awards 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. The scholarships are funded by donations from several US corporations and foundations. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs).

japan, study abroad
CAORC Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Language Institutes
November

http://www.clscholarship.org/

The United States Department of State and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Azeerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindu, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu for Summer 2012. The Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages.

Scholarship recipients – U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students and recent graduates – receive funding to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners. Recipients are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers.

Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: https://ais.americancouncils.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/AIR-Brand-cls.

Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found here: http://www.clscholarship.org/qv_applicant.php.

All program costs are covered for participants. This includes travel between the student's home city and program location, pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, travel within country and all entrance fees for program activities. Note: U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship.

languages
Luce Scholar Program
October

http://www.hluce.org/home.aspx

Internal Deadline: Oct. 17, 2013
Final Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

The Luce Scholar Program is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had no prior experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia or their Asian counterparts. The program provides stipends and internships for eighteen young Americans to live and work in Asia each year. Nominees should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program.

Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually any field - other than Asian studies - including medicine, the arts, business, law, science, environmental studies, and journalism. Placements can be made in the following countries in East and Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Internships are arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her specific interest, background, qualifications, and experience. These work assignments run for approximately ten months-from September until July of the following year and are intended primarily as learning opportunities for the Scholars.

Asia, exchange, internship
Middlebury College Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages
January

Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Investing in the Study of Critical Languages

www.middlebury.edu/ls/finaid/fellowships/kwd

The Davis Fellowships are offered to cover the full cost of summer language study from beginner to graduate levels in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian at the Middlebury College Language Schools. Fellowship grants cover the full comprehensive fee (tuition, room, and board) at the Middlebury summer Language Schools.
 
The Davis Fellowships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest in one or more of the following areas: international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; and/or conflict resolution. Individuals in other fields, including working professionals, are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires them to study one of the critical languages listed above.
language
Princeton in Asia
November

http://piaweb.princeton.edu/

Princeton-in-Asia (PiA) provides transformative, service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and serves the needs of Asia as determined by our Asian partners. Over the last century, the organization has achieved this goal by providing talented young people with various opportunities to live and work in Asia. The first PiA "fellowships" consisted of a handful of Princeton University graduates who went to China in the late 1890s to do relief work and teach English; the program has since expanded considerably in size and scope throughout Asia. In 2007, PiA placed 125 fellows in 17 countries, including Cambodia, China, Timor-Leste, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Currently the program offers 85 teaching fellowships with 40 additional fellowships in the fields of journalism, international development, and business.

The basic prerequisite for PiA placement is a bachelor's degree. In addition:

  • TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) experience is required prior to leaving for Asia for all English teaching positions. At least 20 hours of TESL preparation either through a short course (such as that offered at Princeton) or through volunteer tutoring will fulfill this requirement. Tutoring can be accomplished at most universities and also through church groups and human service organizations. Check with colleges in your area to see if a TESL course is offered or contact a local Literacy Volunteers program.
  • English teaching positions require native English speaking ability. PiA recognizes that citizens of any country may have native-speaker fluency in English, but we have occasionally had problems convincing Asian institutions of that fact.
  • Asian language ability is NOT a prerequisite for most teaching positions. Non-teaching positions typically require some language skills.
  • All applicants MUST be able to come to Princeton for a personal interview in January, and all applicants receiving placements MUST attend the weekend orientation held in late May on the Princeton University campus.
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program
November

http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program also aims to improve foreign language education in Japan and to encourage international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth

The objectives of the program are being achieved by offering JET Program participants, (hereinafter, participants) the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private junior and senior high schools.

As the JET Program has achieved an excellent reputation over the last 21 years, it is of great importance that this high level of respectability be maintained. Participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their countries. Therefore, they are expected to be responsible in all of their activities, especially those concerning the promotion of mutual understanding between nations. It is desirable that participants are adaptable and have a positive interest in Japan.

japan, teaching