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The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides grants of up to $7000 to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

Award recipients share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.

2020 Cycle

Spring 2020 Programs: Not accepting applications this year

All programs for Academic Year 2020-21 (Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Academic Year 2020-2021): Applications open February, 2020; Deadline April 6, 2020

Who Should Apply?

Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

The three primary criteria used to evaluate Freeman-ASIA Award applications are:
  • Financial need
  • Demonstrated interest in East or Southeast Asia
  • Quality of the service project proposal

To review eligibility requirements- please see the Freeman-ASIA website.

Award Benefits

A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

  • Summer Award – up to $3,000
  • Semester/Quarter Award – up to $5,000
  • Academic Year Award – up to $7,000

Freeman-ASIA Award funds may be adjusted should the recipient receive additional financial assistance not reported at the time of application.

How to Apply

Related Awards:
Gilman Scholarship; Fulbright U.S. Student Program; Schwarzman Scholars

Last updated: February 2020

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • East Asia or Southeast Asia

Program Type:

  • Study
  • Travel


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • 8 weeks - 9 months


  • April 

Special Considerations:

  • Extreme financial need
  • Underrepresented racial or ethnic group
  • Disabilities

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad

GPA Cut Off:

  • 2.8


  • Up to $7,000