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Funding for Study in Asia

The Freeman-Asia program, a joint undertaking of the
Freeman Foundation and the Institute of International Education (IIE), offers
grants to undergraduates for study in Asia.  The awards range from $3,000 for a
summer program to $7,000 for an academic year, and have no discipline
restrictions. The Freeman-Asia program has supported more than 3,000 students
since it began in 2000.

Grantees must be accepted into academic programs in
Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia,
Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam. Applicants must
have little or no experience in the countries in which they desire to study.
Likewise, applicant must be receiving need-based financial aid or demonstrate a
need for assistance.

The deadline for the Spring 2008 term, as well as
early consideration for the 2008-09 academic year, is coming up on 17 October.
The summer program deadline is 5 March 2008 and the deadline for fall term and
2008-09 academic year is 2 April 2008. You can find more details on the IIE Web site.

Grad students interested in Asia, here’s something
for you too: Just last week, National Science Foundation announced its East Asia
and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program for 2008. NSF increased the EAPSI
stipend to $5,000 and added Singapore as a destination. The deadline for
applications is 12 December. See the NSF Web site for details.