Undergraduate Fellowships

There are a number of fellowships opportunities available to undergraduate students in the field of East Asian Studies administered through the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, in addition to larger university-wide, national, and international funding options.  For general, non-field specific fellowships, please visit: https://www.college.columbia.edu/students/fellowships.

KCJS Academic Year & Summer Scholarships

The KCJS Governing Board has allocated funds for KCJS Scholarships specifically for students participating on the KCJS program. These awards vary between $500-$5000. KCJS applicants with financial need are welcome to apply.


Mitsui USA Research Fellowship

Provides up to $5,000 in support for academic research in Japan. The Mitsui USA Research fellowship provides two Columbia students financial support to conduct first-hand academic research in Japan over a 6-8 week period during July and August. Priority will be given to those students with interest in international trade, business, investment, and/or interest in Japan’s role in regional and global affairs as demonstrated through course selection(s) and/or participation in past research projects. Priority is also given to applicants committed to the study of Japanese language through past courses.

The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the KCJS summer program. The number and amount of awards vary depending on the pool of applicants but the awards can range from $500-$1500. More information, along with the application form, can be found here.

More information on Japanese languages fellowships can be found here: http://ealac.columbia.edu/language-programs/japanese/jlp-scholarships/.

Summer FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies)

The Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship competition is open to undergraduates (including Barnard College) who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a full-time program (either domestic or overseas) that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies.


Weatherhead Undergraduate Training Grant

Provides up to $2,500 in support to undergraduate students for summer projects in East Asia that develop academic and/or professional expertise.  Examples of eligible projects include research or a secured, uncompensated internship. Projects involving a single East Asian country are eligible, and priority will be given to projects that cross traditional disciplinary, geographic, or temporal boundaries, as well as to applicants with a commitment to make East Asia a part of their long-term careers.