Weatherhead M.A. Training Grant

Provides up to $3,000 in support of research or internships in East Asia. Priority is given to projects that develop academic and/or professional expertise that crosses traditional disciplinary, geographic, or temporal boundaries, and/or combines regional and functional expertise. Examples of projects for submission would include, but are not limited to, research trips, unpaid internships, and summer acquisition of a second language. Priority is also given to applicants committed to make East Asia a part of their long-term career.

  • Provides summer funding to support projects that develop academic and/or professional expertise that cross traditional disciplinary, geographic, or temporal boundaries, and/or combines regional and functional expertise.
  • Eligibility
    • M.A. students in GSAS and all professional school students
  • Examples of projects include research or unpaid internships in East Asia, or summer acquisition of a second language. 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.
  • For projects in Southeast Asia apply for the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund Grant instead
  • Provides
    • Up to $3,000 in support
  • Average of 6 awards per summer.
  • Selection criteria include:
    • Academic excellence
    • Demonstrated commitment to East Asia, and to incorporating it in one's long-term academic or professional career goals
  • Recipients of the award 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.

Application Procedures

  • Submit the following application materials:
    • Basic Application Form
    • one page description of the proposed project
    • official Columbia University transcript
    • one letter of recommendation, preferably from a Columbia University faculty member or instructor
    • detailed budget which includes a break down of your expenses
    • resume
    • brief statement of purpose explaining your long-term academic/career plans and how this training grant will help you to achieve your plans
    • if your project is an internship, a letter from the host organization confirming your internship
    • any additional information (letters of invitation from host organizations, description of the language program, etc.) that you think would be helpful to the review committee

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