You are here


The East Asia Program (EAP) offers several categories of fellowships and grants to support faculty doing research related to East Asia and Cornell students enrolled in an approved course of study leading to a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree with a concentration in East Asia. A fellowship is an arrangement in which financial support is given to a graduate student to pursue his or her degree without any obligation on the part of the student to engage in teaching and/or research in furtherance of the University's academic mission. Fellowships are generally merit-based awards intended to support a student in a full-time course of study.

In addition, EAP offers supplemental funding to the Einaudi International Research Travel competition, with support for graduate student research travel in East Asia. 

The application for 2017-18 funding opened in mid-November of 2016 and closed on February 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

EAP also offers small amounts of funding for co-sponsorship of Student Organizations on campus to hold events featuring cultures of East Asia.

At this point the only undergraduate funding EAP offers is the EAP East Asian Language Study Grant.

NOTE: EAP is now requesting a post-funding report from all awardees, due within 30 days of the end of the term that you utilized the funding.  Guidelines for that report can be found at the bottom of the page here.

Additional information on funding for international studies can be found at For additional information about other Cornell fellowships and assistantships, please contact the Graduate School and/or your Director of Graduate Studies. 

Jeffrey S. Lehman Fund for Scholarly Exchange with China

Administered through the East Asia Program together with the Office of the Provost.

  • for Cornell faculty and Cornell graduate students. 
  • eighteen-month research grant for collaborative research projects with scholars working in China.
  • Deadline: end of January.

Guidelines and materials are available on the East Asia Program’s website in November. 

EAP Area Studies Fellowships

EAP Area Studies Fellowships - without citizenship restrictions (see Area Studies Fellowships)

  • generally one-semester of graduate study support, to be used at Cornell or for research in an East Asian country.
  • EAP Area Studies Fellowship (Cornell Graduate Students ONLY) applications for the next academic year available in November.
  • Incoming (first year) Cornell students are NOT eligible for EAP Fellowships.
  • Results are announced approximately eight weeks after the application deadline. 
  • The application for 2017-18 funding opens in mid-November of 2016 and closes on February 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
  • Application Guidelines are listed at the bottom of the page here:
EAP East Asian Language Study Grant
  • EAP East Asian Language Study Grant (program fee and stipend award for intensive language study of an East Asian language, similar to a Summer FLAS award, but can also be used during the academic year). 
  • The application for 2017-18 funding opens in mid-November of 2016 and closes on February 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
  • Application Guidelines are listed at the bottom of the page here:

There are NO CITIZENSHIP RESTRICTIONS on the EAP Area Studies Fellowships nor the Language Study Grant.

Cornell Contemporary China Initiative Course Development Fund

A grant for Cornell faculty to develop new courses dealing with contemporary China for the Cornell undergraduate curriculum.

The competition of the CCCI Course Development Fund for faculty is currently closed.

The East Asia Program has over several years invested resources in strengthening Cornell’s undergraduate education, particularly in the area of contemporary Chinese studies. Through this fund, the EAP CCCI supports faculty to develop new undergraduate courses on a wide range of issues on contemporary China. The purpose of this funding is to systematically encourage and facilitate the creation of such new courses in accordance with students' current needs and interests.