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Graduate Funding

SEAP Conference Travel 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 Associate 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. Online application opens November 9, 2015.


SEAP Summer Dissertation Write-Up Grants

Summer Write up grants are available to SEAP PhD Students who are in the final stages of dissertation write up.  There are a limited number of awards available.  To qualify:

  • Dissertation must focus on Southeast Asia
  • Must have a core SEAP faculty member on your committee
  • Must have demonstrated significant contribution to the SEAP Community

Requirement for Summer Write up Support

  1. A formal letter from you describing briefly your dissertation and where you stand with its progress
  2. What you expect to accomplish this summer, e.g. finish writing chapters
  3. Tentative defense timetable
  4. A letter of support from your chair and one committee member
  5. You must be registered with the Graduate School

The award is $2,500 for the summer

Application deadline: April 1, 2016

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 8, 2016

Email Associate Director, Thamora Fishel ( for more information.

Download the application for the Milton L. Barnett Scholarship Application here: