Blakemore Freeman Fellowship
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of full-time, intensive language study at the advanced level in East or Southeast Asia in approved language programs. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are intended to cover basic expenses at a graduate student level necessary to pursue an academic year of full-time intensive language study in Asia, including tuition or tutoring fees, plus a stipend for travel, living and study expenses. Tuition for the language program, and tutoring fees (if applicable) are covered in full.
Eligible languages are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.
Interested students apply directly to the foundation for this award. Grants are highly competitive - in recent years, the foundation has been able to fund less than 10% of applicants.
The Blakemore Foundation awards grants for study only at specific language programs (as noted on their web site). Therefore, applicants for Blakemore language grants must apply simultaneously to both the language program involved and to the Blakemore Foundation. Each language program has its own separate due dates and forms, which may be found on its website. Application materials for the Blakemore Foundation’s grants are found on the Foundation’s website.
To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:
- Be pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language.
- Have a college undergraduate degree.
- Be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined below in “Definition of Advanced Level”.
- Be able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study during the term of the grant; grants are not made for part-time study or research.
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply.
- A focused, well-defined career objective involving Asia in which regular use of the language is an important aspect
- The potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country
- Prior experience in the Asian country or involvement or participation in activities related to the country
- Good academic, professional or business background, appropriate to the career program