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East Asian Studies Fellowship Award

Faculty members may choose a student to assist them with their research. Each year, the department has several fellowships to give out. There is no deadline. The research should enhance the student’s undergraduate education. Proposals must be typed and authored by the faculty sponsor. A grade point average of 3.5 and above is required to apply for the fellowship. Please download application (either as a Word Form, or PDF). For any other information or questions, please contact Anya Gibson at


The Japan-US Friendship Commission announces the second year of its new collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships Program to co-sponsor a new program - "The Fellowship Program for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan." These are intended to support academic research in the various social science disciplines on modern Japanese history, political economy and society, Japan's security relations, and US-Japan relations. Fellowships have a duration of six to twelve months, depending on the project, and may be used for research in the United States, in Japan or in both countries. Applicants with projects that include a comparative aspect requiring work in other countries as well are eligible to apply. Applicants must be able to demonstrate competency in the language(s) required for their research.

For details, please consult Fellowship Program for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan on the JUSFC homepage.


Freeman Asia
This award, administered by the Institute of International Education in conjunction with the Freeman Foundation, aims to promote undergraduate study in East and Southeast Asia. Awards are $3,000 to $7,000, depending on the length of the program. Priority is given to students with no previous experience in their country of destination.

Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3580
(212) 984-5487

Luce Scholars Program

This program provides fellowships for work in an Asian country. Its purpose is less academic than it is to expose young scholars to Asia. Consequently, it is offered only to college graduates who would not normally come in contact with Asia in the course of their careers. Fellowships run from late August to mid-July of the following year.

Applicants must be of US citizenship, hold at least a bachelor’s degree, and be no more than 29 years old at the beginning of the program. Nominations must be made by early December, and interviews are held in late December or early January.

The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.
111 West Fiftieth Street
New York, NY 10020
(212) 480-7700

NSEP Boren Scholarship
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East.

Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005-2403



Welcome to the East Asian Studies Program

Undergraduate study of East Asia at UC Davis is not concentrated in a single department. The major draws faculty from many disciplines, including anthropology, history, sociology, economics, political science, religion, languages, and literature.

The UC Davis program recognizes that East Asian studies majors often come to the University with little or no background in Asian cultures, and that the career possibilities are exceptionally varied. To meet these two problems, the program offers a background core of basic courses in East Asian history, humanities, social sciences, and languages, plus a wide range of more advanced and specialized courses from which student and advisor tailor an individualized program of study.

Students majoring in other fields, such as literature, economics, history, international relations, even agricultural sciences may find courses in East Asian studies relevant to their particular career goals or academic interests. Also a number of students have undertaken double majors, combining East Asian studies with another area of study. The faculty are as eager to introduce some appreciation of East Asia to future textile engineers, doctors, and agronomists, as they are to train Asian specialists.

Location and Contact

East Asian Studies Program
1277 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
Davis, CA 95616 
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(530) 752-3046 phone
(530) 752-5655 fax