Funding for East Asian Studies

Weatherhead East Asian Institute Funding for Columbia Students

The WEAI offers funding for research, language acquisition, unpaid internships, and dissertation write-up during the summer and academic year to selected Columbia students committed to professional and academic engagement with East and Southeast Asia. Eligibility varies depending on the particular funding opportunity, so please review the application materials carefully before applying.

The deadline for summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 WEAI fellowships and grants is February 20, 2015

FLAS Applications deadline is February 20, 2015.
Please see the GSAS website for more details:

Fellowship Information Sessions*:

Wednesday, December 17, 1:00-2:00 pm, IAB 918
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Thursday, January 29, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, IAB 918
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Tuesday, February 3, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, IAB 918
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*You only need to attend one of the sessions


  1. Download the infosheet below for your degree program to determine your eligibility for each award and the respective application material.  Carefully read the information in the menu bar to your right for the awards you will be applying.
    • Undergraduate, MA, and professional degree fellowship infosheet
    • PhD fellowship infosheet
      • No letters of recommendation are needed for Ph.D. summer funding

  2. Complete and gather the following documents:
    • Basic Application Form
      • For Windows, Mac, and Linux users, please use the most up-to-date free version of Adobe Reader when filling the application out digitally, other programs that read PDFs may not work correctly including Preview. To save your application, Adobe Acrobat will need to be used.
    • Grant-specific application forms
    • Letters of reference, in sealed envelopes
    • If required, internship confirmation letters from the host organization. Only original or faxed letters will be accepted. No emails, please.

  3. Copy all materials 5 times and staple each set to create 5 separate packets. Then place all materials in a large envelope or file folder. If the letters have been sealed by the recommender, please do not open it; WEAI will make the copies for you.

  4. Submit the hard copy application materials in person or by mail to:

Weatherhead East Asian Institute
International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street, Room 934, MC 3333
New York , NY 10027

Application Guidelines

  1. Application for multiple grants and fellowships are allowed.
  2. Fellowship and grant recipients must be current Columbia University students during the term of the funded project.
  3. One set of Columbia transcripts and reference letters may be submitted for application to multiple grants and fellowships (Exception: Applications for FLAS, as they are submitted separately, must include a complete set of application materials).
  4. Students seeking funding for an unpaid internship may apply for the grant even if they have not yet secured an internship; however, any grant offer would be contingent upon confirmation of the internship. If arrangements with a potential organization are at an advanced stage at the time of the application deadline, students are encouraged to provide relevant documentation (email correspondence, letter from the potential host organization, etc.) with the rest of their application materials.
  5. Application materials will not be returned.
  6. Only the application materials requested for each fellowship and grant will be reviewed.
  7. Application materials received after the deadline will not be considered.
  8. A committee of Weatherhead East Asian Institute faculty members makes all fellowship and grant determinations.
  9. Fellowship and grant awards will be announced as soon as possible, and no later than the end of April following the application deadline.
  10. Students who receive an award will be required to submit a one to two page summary of their supported project activities by the end of the grant period.
  11. Grantees agree to Comply with Columbia University's policies on human subject research, if applicable. Information can be found here.
  12. Grantees must report to the Weatherhead East Asian Institute any additional funds, such as another grant, that they receive in support of the same activities. The total amount of funding received for the project must not exceed the limits dictated by the student's school. Should a student receive multiple sources of funding for the same project, the WEAI will adjust or withdraw the amount granted to the student so as to remain below the cap dictated by the student's school.

Other Sources of Funding for East Asian Studies 


2013 Summer Fellowship Reports

Undergraduate Fellowships
Summer Funding for Undergraduate Students
Academic Year Funding for Undergraduate Students

M.A. Fellowships
Summer Funding for MA and Professional School Students
Academic Year Funding for MA and Professional School Students

PhD Fellowships
INTERACT Postdoctoral Fellowship
Summer Funding for PhD Students
Academic Year Funding for PhD Students

Basic WEAI Application - click here

Submit hard copy application to
Jamie Tan
Mailbox # 25
International Affairs Building
9th Floor

For questions and inquiries, please contact the Student Affairs Officer, Jamie Tan at

For Undergraduate Training Grants drop off, please see your respective Dean here.