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Funding

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) offers fellowships and grants to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and non-UM scholars affiliated with Southeast Asian educational institutions, to support workshops, seminars, research and study abroad, international internships, and the study of less commonly taught languages.

CSEAS has limited funding opportunities for scholars and educators who are not affiliated with the University of Michigan:

U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

CSEAS offers U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students. FLAS provide tuition and a stipend to students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies. The priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught modern languages. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Michigan Area Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through annual fellowship competitions. The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) funds these awards under the provisions of Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The amount of funding and number of awards are contingent upon annual US/ED program approval, federal regulations, as well as continued congressional funding, all of which may change from year to year.

CSEAS administers FLAS fellowships for area studies and study of a Southeast Asian language, including Filipino, Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Application Deadline: January 15 at 5pm

Late applications will not be considered. For more details, visit the ii.umich.edu/flas.

Southeast Asian Language Scholarship for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) is pleased to offer students scholarships for studying Filipino, Indonesian, Thai, or Vietnamese language.

CSEAS will offer $1000 scholarships on a competitive basis to students enrolling in the full sequence (Fall and Winter semesters) of Filipino, Indonesian, or Vietnamese language. 

CSEAS will offer $1000 scholarships on a competitive basis to students enrolling in the full sequence (Fall and Winter semesters) in Thai.

Although priority is given to students taking the first year (beginning) of a SEA language, scholarships may be given at any level of study and to undergraduate and graduate students. Preference also will be given to undergraduates in their first or second years at the university.

The scholarships will be given in two disbursements, paid out after the drop-add deadline each semester. Students must complete the two-course sequence.

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be due by April 14, 2017. 

Download and submit your completed application form (and other documents) via email attachment to cseas@umich.edu.

Applying for the First Year Southeast Asian Language Scholarships:

A complete application will include:

  • Completed application form and language self report (download doc)
  • Personal Statement (maximum one page, 12-point font, with applicant's name on top) - Please tell us why you are interested in studying the language and what you hope to accomplish from this.
  • Academic transcripts - For incoming students: copy of high school transcript and any previous college-level work; For continuing U-M students: U-M transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable.
  • Recommendation (download doc) from a former or current language teacher (if possible) or from another teacher or instructor

For more information, please email cseas@umich.edu

Thai Studies Internship Support

This funding is made possible by the Amnuay-Samonsri Viravan Endowment for Thai Studies housed at the University of Michigan.

CSEAS offers funding opportunities to provide supplemental support for student internships in Thailand. Funds can be used to support travel to Thailand and to partially offset living costs not covered by other sources.

Eligibility: U-M undergraduate students in good standing.

Amount: Awards will not exceed $2,000.

Deadline: March 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Application Procedure: Please submit the following materials to cseas@umich.edu:

  • Application form
  • Description of internship, including the name of the organization, the length of the internship, and any compensation offered by the organization
  • Invitation or acceptance letter from the organization
  • List of other funding for which the applicant has applied, if any
  • Two academic letters of recommendation. Please ask your recommenders to use this form.
  • Transcript
  • Budget statement outlining all expenses

Preference will be given to those who have not received funding in the past and who enroll in Thai language courses at U-M. Awards will be made in April and must be spent by the following April.  Award recipients are required to submit a brief report of the project and may be asked to present the results of their work. Reports are due to CSEAS one month after funds are spent.

Judith Becker Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research on Southeast Asia

The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs established in 2010 this yearly prize in honor of this distinguished Professor Emerita from the School of Music, who has long ties to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. The award is $1,000.

This is a self-nominating competition, and students may submit either a completed paper or a description of research they are currently working on, including field notes or other pertinent material. The format is up to the student. This competition is open to graduate students at any level and in any program.

Please submit, with your paper or project description, a letter of support from your advisor which will note what is remarkable about your project and why it should be considered for the award. Faculty letters should be submitted directly to the Center and can be mailed, faxed or emailed. Or, faculty may enclose their letter in a sealed envelope signed across the flap if they wish the student applicant to deliver it.

DEADLINE for Applications: March 24, 2017

Please send applications to cseas@umich.edu.

Past winners include Kathryn Demanelis, Public Health; and Tina Le, Art History (2015), Scott  McLoughlin, Anthropology (2014), Dominic J. Nardi, Jr., Political Science (2013), Ajay Shenoy, Economics (2012), Marco Garrido, Sociology (2011), and Alex Cannon, Musicology (2010).

Thai Studies Graduate Research Grants

This funding is made possible by the Amnuay-Samonsri Viravan Endowment for Thai Studies housed at the University of Michigan.

Graduate students who work on Thailand are invited to submit proposals concerning: research; conference travel; and internship support. Preference will be given to those who have not received funding in the past.

Awards will be made in April and must be spent by the following April.

Award recipients are required to submit a brief report of the project and may be asked to present the results of their work. Reports are due to CSEAS one month after funds are spent or May 2016, whichever comes first. Please also inform us of any publications or presentations that come from supported research.

The application deadline is March 18, 2016, at 5:00 pm. 

Complete the online application form and submit the required materials electronically to cseas@umich.edu.

Graduate Student Conference Travel Support

CSEAS provides travel support (transportation and lodging expenses) to U-M graduate and professional students specializing in Thai studies attending/participating in academic meetings or conferences.

Candidates must secure approval prior to travel. Overseas trips require proof of travel insurance, which may be included in the budget.

Eligibility: U-M graduate students specializing in Thai studies attending academic meetings, conferences or workshops to present papers, participate in a poster session, or chair panels.

Amount: Domestic conference awards up to $750; and international conference awards up to $2,000.

Required materials: (must be submitted electronically to cseas@umich.edu after completing the online application)

  • Statement (500 words or less) – describing the nature of your participation at the conference and how it contributes to your professional development
  • Itemized budget – expenses for airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and conference registration fee
    Letter of support from your faculty advisor

Graduate Internship Support

CSEAS can provide supplemental support for student internships in Thailand. Funds can be used to support travel to Thailand and to partially offset living costs not covered by other sources.

Eligibility: U-M graduate students working in Thailand or specializing in Thai studies.  

Amount: Awards will not exceed $2,000.

Required materials: (must be submitted electronically to cseas@umich.edu after completing the online application)

  • Description of internship, including the name of the organization, the length of the internship, and any compensation offered by the organization
  • Invitation or acceptance letter from the organization
  • List of other funding for which the applicant has applied
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • Transcript
  • Budget statement outlining all expenses

Graduate Student Research Grant

CSEAS provides support for graduate and professional school students doing research on Thailand. Funds can be used to support costs associated with research. Computers and other permanent equipment cannot be funded.

Eligibility: U-M graduate students specializing in Thai studies.

Required materials: (must be submitted electronically to cseas@umich.edu after completing the online application)

  • Project description (1000 words or less) explicitly describe the following:
    • Goals of your research. What will be learned as a result of the proposed project?
    • Questions you seek to address, their importance to your discipline AND to the study of Thailand, and their connection to new lines of inquiry.
    • Research plan outlining your methodology and showing the specific work to be undertaken during the grant period.
    • If this proposal is part of an ongoing project, please specify the stage that it represents.
  • Budget – may include:
    • research expenses (detailed breakdown required) – e.g. books, photocopy, small equipment, library and museum fees, and subject fees
    • travel expenses – e.g. airfare, ground transportation, and lodging
    • If your fellowship project involves travel outside of North America, you are required to purchase international travel health insurance.Please include the cost of this insurance in your budget. A travel per diem in Thailand (includes lodging, meals and transportation) should be used. Computers and other permanent equipment cannot be funded.
  • Description of other funding for which you have applied
  • Two academic letters of recommendation.

In addition, the center also considers requests from student organizations and faculty to co-sponsor SEA related U-M lectures, events and activities that coincide with the Center's mission to promote a broad and deep understanding of the region. Please send a description and budget to cseas@umich.edu. Applications accepted throughout the year.

Please visit the International Institute website for information about additional funding opportunities. 

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts offers global experience and internship scholarships to qualified LSA students.