Introduction of 3 Asian-Led Scholarship/Fellowship Programs

Finding scholarships or fellowships is important for every student. On one hand, it can demonstrate your ability to secure funding which can impress your potential employers. On the other hand, it can save you money as daily travel costs and living expenses can be expensive, especially when you plan to travel abroad. This time I would like to introduce 3 Asian-led scholarship/fellowship programs. That being said, the first two programs welcome applicants from all nationalities, given specific conditions are met. Further details about these 3 fully-funded programs are written, as follows:

1. Harvard Project for Asian and International Relationships (HPAIR) Harvard College Conference Scholarship

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  • Venue: Harvard University
  • Date: From February 15 to 19, 2019
  • Amount & number: Between 20 and 25 full/partial scholarships (depends on financial needs)
  • Conference application deadline: (1) Early round: November 25, 2018; (2) Regular round: December 25, 2018
  • Funding (scholarship) application deadline: November 25, 2018
  • Requirement(s): (1) Short conference specific essays
  • Eligibility: A registered university/college student (undergraduate or postgraduate)
  • Difficulty: Intermediate for conference application & hard for funding application
  • Link:


2. NYU Shanghai Writing and Speaking Fellowship

  • Venue: New York University (Shanghai campus)
  • Date: 10-month appointment from August 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020
  • Amount: (1) RMB 160,000 fellowship stipend; (2) Round-trip transportation to Shanghai; (3) Medical insurance; (4) Housing benefits in Shanghai
  • Application deadline: January 4, 2019
  • Requirement(s): (1) Cover letter 2; (2) Resume; (3) Three letters of reference (two should be from faculty or research supervisors); (4) Transcript (bachelor’s and, if applicable, master’s); (5) Five-page sample of recent academic writing; (6) Writing tasks
  • Eligibility: Hold a bachelor’s degree with at least two years of formal teaching experiences; or Hold a master’s degree
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Link:


3. Asia Foundation Development Fellowship

  • Venue: An Asian country & the United States
  • Date: April in an Asian country & September in the United States
  • Amount & number: 12 fully-funded fellowships are given per annum
  • Application deadline: The next cycle (i.e. 2020 cycle) will open in 2019 summer
  • Requirement(s): (1) Resume; (2) Transcript(s); (3) Short video submission; (4) Letters of recommendation (handled online)
  • Eligibility: (1) Have a demonstrable record of experience and accomplishment related to the Asia Foundation’s fields of expertise: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation; (2) Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community; (3) Be under 40 years of age; (4) Be conversant in English (TOEFL exam results are not required); (5) Be available and able to participate in all program components on the program dates specified; (6) Be resident nationals or citizens of the following countries where The Asia Foundation has programs: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Laos; Malaysia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor-Leste; and, Vietnam.
  • Difficulty: Very hard
  • Link:


Next time I will share more scholarship/fellowship opportunities. Stay tuned for more information.


Jason Hung is a MSc Sociology student at London School of Economics and an affiliate student in research at King’s College, London. Jason previously worked as a visiting student researcher at UCBerkeley School of Public Health. He is interested in addressing social inequalities faced by ethnic minorities, women and sexual and health minorities, mentally disordered children and youths, and forced and voluntary migrants in British, East Asian and North American contexts.

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