Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

Provides fundingĀ for an academic year of advanced language study in East and Southeast Asia.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of full-time, intensive language study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer or Burmese at the advanced level in approved language programs in East or Southeast Asia.

Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as academia, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), environmental studies, international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, and government service are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

  • To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:
  • Be pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer or Burmese.
  • By the start of the grant, have (at minimum) a college undergraduate degree.
  • Be at or near an advanced level in the language. By the start of the grant, applicants must have completed (at minimum) the equivalent of the third year of languages classes at the college level, either through classes taken in the U.S. or through a combination of study at the college level in the U.S. and intensive language study abroad programs.
  • 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.

Eligible Language Programs

For Japanese, study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan is funded. The fellowship is not awarded for any other Japanese language program.

For Chinese, study at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, or the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan is funded. The fellowship is not awarded for any other Chinese language program.

For Korean, study at Seoul National University, Sogang University and the Inter-University Center for Korean Language Studies at Sungkyukwan University in Seoul, South Korea is funded. The foundation will consider study at other language programs in South Korea on a case-by-case basis during the application review process.

Approval of language programs for study of Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese will be considered on an individual basis as part of the application review process.

Fact Sheet

Foreign Language Learning
Columbia Alumna/us, Fellowships, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Study Abroad/Foreign Language

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Application closes at 5:00 PM PST Time Zone