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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 Process: E-mail to the SEAP Director at and Assistant Director, Thamora Fishel ( Provide 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.

Application deadlines: October 1, 2016; February 1, 2017; April 1, 2017; July 1, 2017. Processed by: October 15, 2016; February 15, 2017; April 15, 2017; July 15, 2017.


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 summerFLAS 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 2017 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 2017. These awards are made by Cornell and cover tuition and fees for SEASSI and a stipend of $2,500.

Apply at: The online application opens November 7, 2016. Be sure to select Foreign Language Area Scholarship (FLAS) as the Funding Type.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017 for both academic year 2016-2017 and summer 2017 awards

FLAS Information Session: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, G08 Uris Hall, 4:30pm


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.

Apply at: online application opens October 31, 2016.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017 at 4:00PM.

Travel Grant Information Session: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, G08 Uris Hall, 4:30pm


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 1, 2017

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. 

Apply at: The online application opens November 7, 2016.

Application deadline: February 15, 2017