Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.
Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.
Grant amounts are:
|Semester/Quarter Award||up to $5,000|
|Academic Year Award||up to $7,000|
Freeman-ASIA Award funds may be adjusted should the recipient receive additional financial assistance not reported at the time of application.
Award funds are distributed to the award recipient's checking account via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) in one lump sum for summer and semester awards and in two installments for academic year awards.
Students may apply for institutional/program-based Freeman Foundation grants and the Freeman-ASIA Awards at the same time, but may only accept one per proposed study abroad term should the student be awarded both.
Students must fill in the online application, available on the Freeman-ASIA website, before the deadline.
Applicants must make sure that the electronic endorsements from their Study Abroad Advisers and Financial Aid Advisers have been completed and submitted to IIE by the date of the Adviser Deadline for the specific cycle. IIE must receive both adviser endorsements by the Adviser Deadline for applications to be considered complete. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Study Abroad Advisers and Financial Aid Advisers may set earlier campus deadlines for submission of the Freeman-ASIA Applications. Thus, applicants should contact their advisers about specific campus deadlines before proceeding with the Freeman-ASIA Applications.