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2017-2018 fellowships for East Asian research and studies – applications now open

EAP graduate funding 2016 poster

Each year the Cornell East Asia Program awards sixteen to twenty full semester fellowships to Cornell doctoral and masters students undertaking research having to do with East Asia. These semester-long fellowships of stipend, health insurance, and tuition allow students to carry out field research, to focus on their classes without TA or RA duties, and to spend the necessary time writing and revising articles for publication. Thanks to these East Asia Program fellowships, Cornell graduate training for work having to do with China, Korea, and Japan has been some of the most intensive and dynamic in the world. Faculty benefit from their students’ freedom to devote themselves to their studies and research, or from the freedom to explore across disciplines and languages. The East Asia Program, its faculty over the years, has raised endowments for this purpose of supporting the highest levels of scholarship in diverse fields of study.

EAP area studies fellowships include Robert J. Smith Fellowship in Japanese Studies, C. V. Starr Fellowship in East Asian Studies, Hu Shih Fellowship in Chinese Studies, and the Lee Teng-hui Fellowship in World Affairs with East Asia Focus. 

EAP area studies fellowships - without citizenship restrictions, but for enrolled Cornell graduate students only

  • generally one-semester of graduate study support, to be used in residence at Cornell or for field research in an East Asian country; 
  • applications for the next academic year available in November;
  • incoming Cornell students are NOT eligible to receive EAP Fellowships during their first year; 
  • applications consist of an online form, a brief narrative project proposal, and two letters of recommendation; 
  • results are announced approximately eight weeks after the application deadline; 
  • the application for 2017-18 funding is open now (November 2016) and closes on February 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM. See

The East Asia Program also offers language study grants and research travel grants that support individual projects, generally over the summer months. Applications for these additional grants can be accessed through the same online application system.