Funding Opportunities

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute 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.


Funding for Prospective Students

Merit-based fellowships awarded to incoming students. Applicants are considered for these fellowships at the time of GSAS MA Admissions Review.


WEAI Funding Opportunities

Grants, and fellowships provided by WEAI. Interested students should submit completed applications with references by Friday, March 12th, 2021.

Applications for summer 2021 and academic year 2021-2022 WEAI Fellowships and Grants are now open and will close on March 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET. See the WEAI website for more details about the application process, deadline, and eligibility requirements. 

Apply through WEAI


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Award

Summer and academic year fellowships provided by the Department of Education to pursue advanced language study through domestic or international programs. Applicants who would like to be considered for FLAS should submit a separate application through GSAS. 

Eligible East Asian languages include: 

  • Chinese (at the 3rd-year level or above)
  • Japanese (at the 3rd-year level or above)
  • Korean (at the 3rd-year level or above)
  • Tibetan (at the 2nd-year level or above)

Applications for summer 2021 and academic year 2021-2022 FLAS awards are now open and will close on February 11th, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET. See the GSAS website for more details about the FLAS application process and eligibility requirements for summer and academic year FLAS fellowships. 

Apply through GSAS


Additional Funding Opportunities

A list of external funding opportunities beyond the WEAI and Columbia.

The GSAS offers a list of summer funding opportunities for graduate students.

Columbia University affiliates now have access to PIVOT, which curates up-to-date funding opportunities spanning all disciplines and project types, from health and medicine to humanities, law and education, worth an estimated $49 billion.