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Graduate Area Studies Fellowships

EAP Area Studies Fellowships

As a major conduit of graduate support, the East Asia Program offers the following EAP Area Studies Fellowships to Cornell graduate students whose work has an East Asia focus:

  • Robert J. Smith Fellowships in Japanese Studies
  • C. V. Starr Fellowships in East Asian Studies
  • Hu Shih Fellowship in Chinese Studies
  • Lee Teng-hui Fellowships in World Affairs with East Asia Focus (Can be used at Cornell or abroad. NOTE: If you plan to use this fellowship at an institution other than Cornell, please include a complete project budget.  A budget form can be obtained by sending a request to

Typically, these fellowships provide stipend and health insurance for one (1) semester, and are often combined with a one-semester Teaching Assistantship (arranged between the student and their department). 

  • 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 be used during the academic year as well as during the summer). 

There is NO CITIZENSHIP RESTRICTION on any of the above-listed fellowships.

The application process begins in November and closes in the beginning of February every year.  You may click here to apply (


Recommendations for EAP Graduate Fellowships

Recommendations from faculty for applications to the EAP Graduate Area Studies Fellowships should ONLY ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING POINTS regarding the graduate student’s career at Cornell.

  1. Given that it is very unlikely that a student will receive more than one EAP fellowship over the course of their graduate career, is the next academic year the best time in the student’s Cornell graduate career to use a fellowship? Another way of thinking of this might be: do you wish to lodge with the EAP fellowship committee the request that a certain student be given priority (all other things being equal) the NEXT year?
  2. Are there departmental or graduate field requirements, such as TAing, that would keep the student from making use of an EAP one-semester fellowship?
  3. Will the student benefit more from doing research at Cornell, or from doing field work elsewhere in-absentia from Cornell?
  4. If the student has any current incompletes on their record, are there any circumstances that would explain why these incompletes should not count against their good standing (e.g. INC is because a non-essential language course was discontinued)?

The East Asia Program seeks to support students with its fellowships in the manner that most benefits the student’s progress. To this end, we seek to award fellowships in a manner that works in concert with the Graduate School aid package and the graduate fields’ work and timetables.

Eligibility and Requirements

Other than the EAP East Asian Language Study Grant, these fellowships are only open to CORNELL graduate students who

  • pursue full-time study in an approved course of study leading to a Master or Doctoral degree with a concentration in East Asia, regardless of citizenship.
  • demonstrate strong evidence for high academic achievement based on indicators such as grade point average, class ranking, or similar measures that the institution may determine.


  • Incoming (first year) graduate students are NOT eligible to receive EAP Area Studies Fellowships, but may apply for awards to be used in the following year (their second year).
  • All students who intend to use an EAP Area Studies Fellowship for dissertation research are required to apply for external (non-Cornell) funding, e.g., Fulbright, Japan Foundation, SSRC, NSF, etc.
  • Questions may be referred to: (

Applications are due at the beginning of February each year.

Online Application

It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange in advance for the recommendations from their faculty advisers or Committee members. The application system will send an email requesting the faculty to upload or submit online a recommendation for your application. However, you should discuss your application with your recommenders well in advance.

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 this page.

TIP: In the following link to an online video, Jan Allen, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, discusses when, why, and how graduate students should apply for external funding:

EAP Area Studies Application Checklist:

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the timely submission of the following materials by the application deadline. Incomplete files and materials received after the deadline may not be considered.

1. Online Application which includes: all required information on the application, project budget (required for all applicants using any award outside of Cornell), program information and justification where applicable, statement of purpose / project proposal, proposed courses of studies where applicable.

2. Two letters of recommendation (including one from faculty advisor/committee chairperson - please indicate who the chairperson is). PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for contacting your recommenders to request a letter of recommendation, and for the letters being received by the application deadline.

EAP Fellowship Application Guidelines

  • After the deadline students will no longer be able to edit their application.
  • Applicants will see all of their applications on their dashboard which will also indicate which recommendations have been completed.

Recommender - please include a faculty member from your committee.  It's important to use the Cornell netID email address (i.e. for Cornell recommenders, and not an alias address (such as  For undergraduates, please include your faculty advisor.  For the language learning grant, one recommender should be from a current or recent language instructor.

  • Receives email and follows link to funding application.
  • On their dashboard they will see all applications in the system that has them listed as a recommender.
  • They can view these recommendations and upload a file for their recommendation.

The Project title should start with the applicant's surname (e.g. Lee) and be descriptive of the course of study/research proposed (e.g. "fall semester document research at Tsinghua University").

The project abstract should start with all the fellowships to which applicant would like to apply--e.g. Lee Teng-hui World Affairs and C.V. Starr and Hu Shih. The abstract should give a (short but concise) summary of what the applicant proposes to do if awarded a fellowship (and which one/ones). The first paragraph should summarize what, when, where, how and why.  If the project is to take courses, at Cornell or elsewhere, the project abstract should say so and give an idea of what types of courses.  In the case of a research project away from Cornell, the project abstract should state where and when this research will take place. Applicants are expected to outline the expected costs of their project within their application proposal. 

If you plan to use the fellowship somewhere other than Cornell, please prepare a full budget for your proposal which includes your full name and which application it should be applied to.  If you are ranked highly for a fellowship, EAP will request this of you and at that point the full budget can be emailed to

The full project proposal should not exceed five pages or 1500 words. The full project proposal should include a title with the name of the applicant and the title of the project. The opening paragraph of the full project proposal should include a summary description of the proposed activities and their significance to the applicant's graduate career.


EAP Travel Grant Committee Review Process

The guidelines for the awards are:

  • For travel to do research connected to Cornell graduate work. This grant does not fund travel to attend study programs outside Cornell, nor to attend conferences.
  • For research to take place in East Asia. Or, in exceptional cases, research in other countries directly connected to the applicant’s East Asian studies.
  • For research travel to take place between May of the year of application and April of the following year.
  • Applications that propose to travel for extended residence in a country and as part of long-term graduate field research (e.g. in parallel with a Lee Teng-hui Fellowship in World Affairs) will be given a lower priority. Other fellowships and funding should support long-term graduate research.
  • EAP Travel Grants are not intended to supplement fellowships.  

Rankings are determined using the following points:

  • The work (e.g., methodology) is technically sound.
  • The project is integral to the applicant’s graduate work.
  • The project relies in part on obtaining external grant funding.
  • The project would not take place or would be adversely impacted without an EAP Travel Grant.
  • The budget outline is appropriate.

Principles of Selection for EAP Fellowship Awards

Priority is given to:

  1. Students who have not been previously funded by EAP (for semester-long fellowships; not counting summer language or travel grants). Priority is given to those further along in their graduate career when they have no previous EAP fellowship awarded.

  2. Students in academic good standing as reflected by Graduate School records (transcripts). Good standing excludes students with current Incompletes or low grades (under a B) in their Cornell Graduate courses.

  3. Students whose studies are appropriate to the different types of EAP graduate fellowships: e.g. RJ Smith Fellowship for Japanese studies; Hu Shih Fellowship for Chinese studies; Lee Teng-hui Fellowships that are designated for field research away from Cornell (In-absentia status).

Waitlisting (alternates):

For the wait list of awardees, priority is given to those students furthest along in the graduate careers (up to year 6) and to those without previous EAP fellowship awards.

Post-Funding Report Guidelines

EAP requests a post-funding report from ALL awardees, due within 30 days of the end of the term that the funding was utilized.  Guidelines for that report are listed below:

Please begin the report with a short, 1-2 paragraph, biographical summary of yourself, your graduate work at Cornell, your career goals, and how the EAP Fellowship award relates to your graduate career. 

Include the names of your special committee members

Include a budget of how you spent your stipend.

If you were taking classes, please include the course code (such as KOREA 3303), course title, instructor name, how the course relates to your study, and your final grade. 

List papers and conferences which you produced during the fellowship and information regarding the presentation of such. 

Send us a copy of any papers you wrote (related to your research) during the fellowship period, and be sure to give credit to EAP for our support while you developed your paper/presentation.

The report doesn’t need to be lengthy; one page is fine.   It is due within 30 days of the end of the term that you used the fellowship/grant.  An electronic version of the report sent to via email is preferred.  

Lastly, we request that you copy your Committee Chairperson (or Faculty Advisor for undergraduates) on the submission of the report.