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Funding Opportunities

Graduate Funding Opportunities

SEAP Conference Grants

­ SEAP provides up to $400 grants to fund travel to present at conferences.  Award may only be granted once per academic year (June 30-July 1) and only after graduate student applies for funding from their department and/or Graduate School.

Application Deadline: Ongoing. Award may only be granted once per academic year (July 1 - June 30)

Application Process: E-mail to the SEAP Director at and Assistant Director, Thamora Fishel ( as attachments or in the body of the correspondence: a simple budget, the paper abstract, an invitation letter to the conference, and finally indicate if you have direct deposit.


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) – Fellowships (USDE) Funding through Title VI: For Academic Year & Summer

FLAS provides academic year and summer fellowships to Cornell graduate students who are U.S. citizens or registered permanent residents studying one of the six Southeast Asian Languages taught at Cornell: Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, or Vietnamese. Students are required to undertake full-time language study and one area studies course with minimum 25% content covering SE Asian each semester during the academic year. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. 7 academic year FLAS and 5 summer FLAS are available. There will be separate applications for AY and summer awards.

AY awards are made in April and acceptance is required within 20-40 days to allow for notification to alternates. Academic awards provide $18,000 in institutional support (tuition) and a stipend for $15,000. Summer 2015 FLAS fellowships through SEAP provide fellowships for attendance at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Southeast Asia Studies.  For additional information on SEASSI please reference Applicants are required to also complete SEASSI applications. Final acceptance into SEASSI is dependent upon sufficient enrollments for the language and level. Final award notifications will be made by SEASSI no later than late April 2015. These awards are made by Cornell and cover tuition and fees for SEASSI and a stipend of $2,500.

Application Deadline: February 8, 2016 for both academic year 2016-2017 and summer 2016 awards

Apply at: The online application opens November 11, 2015. Be sure to select Foreign Language Area Scholarship (FLAS) as the Funding Type.


Einaudi Center International Research Travel Grants

Short-term travel stipends covering international airfare are awarded in collaboration with SEAP for 1) PhD students to conduct pre-dissertation research and 2) Masters students who require travel abroad as a component of their graduate research. If you would like to be considered by SEAP for supplemental and/or alternative research travel funding, please include a budget in your application that includes all anticipated expenses, including airfare.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2016 at 4:00PM.

Apply at: The online application opens November 9, 2015.


SEAP Summer Dissertation Write-Up Grants

SEAP provides a limited number of $2,500 summer grants to qualified PhD graduate students in SEAP who are in the final write-up stages of their dissertation. Award is only granted once. Criteria for selection includes a substantive focus on Southeast Asia, having a core SEAP faculty member on one’s committee, and demonstrated commitment to the SEAP community.

Application deadline: March__, 2016

Application process:

A written e-mail request must be submitted to SEAP Director at with cc to Associate Director, Thamora Fishel ( A separate letter of recommendation from the student’s graduate committee chair should be likewise submitted concurrently stipulating the student’s progress toward completion of studies and successful write-up over the summer.


Milton L. Barnett Scholarship for Malaysian Studies

Designed to promote Malaysian studies at Cornell, the Barnett scholarship is available, as an award up to $3,000 to cover research projects, conference attendance, travel related to recipients’ academic program, or summer language acquisition in Malaysia. All students focusing their academic studies on Malaysia may apply.

Application deadline: February __, 2016

Apply at:

Other Funding Opportunities

Fulbright Grants

These grants for study or research abroad are awarded on a nationally competitive basis to U.S. citizens who are graduate students. The full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage, and full or partial tuition. Campus interviews are scheduled with applicants through mid-September to first week in October.   

Information Session: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, G08 Hall, 4:30pm

Contact Information: ContactProgram Administrator, Elizabeth Edmondson, for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Application Deadline: The campus submission deadline is September 2, 2015. Campus interviews are scheduled between September 14 and October 9, after which applications are submitted online to IIE by the Einaudi Center prior to the October 13 deadline.


Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

This program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States.

How to Apply: The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant is an institutional application, which means that only the university is able to submit students' applications.  Prospective applicants are urged to contact the Einaudi Center at or at 607-255-8933 immediately to indicate their intention to apply, because the competition is not held at an established time each year.  The next application period will be for 2016-2017 grants, beginning October 2016.  Applicants must arrange to have at least one counseling session with Fulbright Advisor, Gil Levine, Professor Emeritus, by contacting

Application deadline: TBA. Closing date is approximately four weeks after the competition opening date.  Applications that do not meet the Cornell deadline will not be accepted.

Information Session Fall 2015: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, G08 Uris Hall, 4:30 PM

Contact Information: Elizabeth Edmondson, Fulbright Administrator (counseling available by appointment),


Institute of International Education

Institute of International Education has numerous programs and scholarships designed to help students and professionals focusing on the Asia-Pacific region to develop as leaders in their chosen field.  They have a regional office in Bangkok, Thailand.

Apply at: Contact Information:


SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship

SSRC offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States.

Apply at: Accepting applications beginning August 11, 2015.


Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

Grants awarded for one year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia in approved language programs (Khmer, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Burmese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese).

Application deadline: December 30, 2015, 11:30pm EST

Apply at: If for any reason you cannot access the online application, please email: for assistance.


US-INDO Travel Grants

US-INDO award grants of up to $2,000 to fund travel to Indonesia or to the United States. These grants are awarded to promote academic and other exchanges between the two countries. USINDO Travel Grants are open to U.S. and Indonesian citizens seeking to travel to Indonesia or the United States to conduct field research or other professional projects, including conferences.

Application deadlines: March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

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NSEP: Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study or increased language proficiency. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000. Note: there is a service requirement to work in the federal government in a position with national security responsibilities. The application is released in late August.

Application deadline: January 28, 2016m 5pm EST

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Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for advanced professionals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Application deadline: September 19, 2015. Applications for the 2016 competition is available as of July 2015.

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