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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 with a concentration in East Asia.

The application for 2020-21 funding opens in mid-November of 2019 and closes on February 12, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noon

  • 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. 
  • 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.

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. 

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. 
  • 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). 
  • 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.

East Asia Program ResearchTravel Grants
  • The East Asia Program supplements the Mario Einaudi Center International Research Travel Grants (international airfare only) with its own travel grants established in support of graduate student field research in East Asia.
  • These supplementary grants pay for research and living costs for short-term field research.
  • Awards range from $500USD to $2,000USD, and are not intended to replace full semester Graduate Area Studies Fellowships. 

The Mario Einaudi Center International Reseach Travel Grant application for 2019-20 opens in mid-November of 2019 and closes on February 12, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noon.

EAP does not run an independent travel/field research grant application process. The East Asia Program, in collaboration with the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, co-sponsors the annual Einaudi International Research Travel Grant competition. Interested students only have to fill out ONE online application at