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Blakemore Foundation Language Grants

This fellowship funds a year of advanced language study in East and Southeast Asia for graduate students and covers tuition, stipend, basic living costs as well as transportation. Languages include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer, and Burmese. Fellows are expected to devote themselves exclusively to full-time language study during the term of the grant.

To be eligible for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, 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 in the grant guidelines (Minimum requirement is 3 years of student of the language at college level or equivalent fluency)
  • 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.

The Blakemore Foundation was established in 1990 by Thomas and Frances Blakemore to encourage the advanced study of Asian languages and to improve the understanding of Asian fine arts in the United States.

For more information and to apply, visit the Blakemore Foundation website.

Last updated: November 2015

Fields of Study:

  • STEM; International Business; Accounting; Law; Medicine; Journalism; Architecture; Teaching; Social or NGO Work; Government Service; Academia


  • East and Southeast Asia

Program Type:

  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • One year


  • December 30 

Degree Level:

  • Post UG
  • Graduate