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The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides grants to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. These awards provide 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.

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.

Who Should Apply?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • be an undergraduate student
  • have demonstrated financial need
  • apply or be accepted 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

How to Apply

To apply for Freeman-ASIA, you must select a Drexel-approved study abroad program and meet with an advisor from the Office of Global Engagement.

Once you have opened an application for Drexel study abroad, contact UREP for support and assistance with your Freeman-ASIA application essays.

More Information

More information about Freeman-ASIA, including application resources, can be found on the Fellowships Resource Page for Freeman-ASIA (Drexel login required).

For official information on Freeman-ASIA (which supersedes any information provided here) and access to the online application, please visit the Freeman-ASIA website.

Related Awards:

Gilman Scholarship; Fulbright U.S. Student ProgramSchwarzman Scholars

Last updated: November 2022

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


  • Winter 

Special Considerations:

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

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad

GPA Cut Off:

  • 2.8


  • Up to $7,000