Ambassador Year in China (AYC)
AYC offers university graduates the opportunity to spend a year teaching at public schools across China by becoming Educational Ambassadors. Ambright Education Group’s Ambassador Year in China program was officially launched in the autumn of 2012. The AYC program was created to echo the 100,000 Strong Initiative, an agreement reached between Chinese Chairman Hu Jintao and American President Barack Obama in 2009 that aimed to build ties between China and America. The goal was to send 100,000 young Americans to China to study and build a strong cultural relationship between the two countries. The goal was achieved in 2014.
(Past Participants: Gabriel Newman ’18, Jason Spinetti ’19)
China Scholarship Council
The China Scholarship Council, affiliated with the Chinese government, provides information about numerous Chinese universities, programs and Chinese government scholarships for studying abroad in China. You can also find application requirements, tips for study abroad planning and preparation, and facts about China in general.
Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) for Intensive Summer Institutes
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad in the summer months studying in either China (Dalian, Suzhou, Xi’an,Changchun) or Taiwan (Tainan). The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.
(Past Recipients: Nathan Bradley ’15, Amy Bodner ’16, Katie McGee ’17, Gabriel Newman ’17, Meishan Roen ’18)
CLS Spark – Virtual Program
CLS Spark is a virtual initiative for U.S. undergraduate students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. Designed to leverage best practices in online language learning developed by the CLS Program during the pandemic, CLS Spark provides American students the opportunity to study critical languages virtually when they may not have access to studying these languages on their campuses. Participants will spend approximately 8 weeks during the summer learning Chinese through online classes and activities facilitated by native speakers at a host institution abroad.
- 10 hours of intensive live group instruction a week;
- Cultural activities and individual consultations with language instructors at host institute; and
- Monthly professional development workshops and inclusive support.
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships
Blakemore funds an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages. An applicant must have (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree and have completed the equivalent of the third year of language classes at the college level by the start of the grant, either through classes taken in university or in combination with study-abroad language programs.
Boren Awards for International Study
Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), Boren awards come in two forms: fellowships and scholarships. Boren fellowships provide up to $30,000 to US graduate students, while scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students. Both support students who wish to study regions and languages critical to US interests. The fellowship program is intended to enable master’s and doctoral level students to supplement their chosen disciplines with a language and international study. Fellowship recipients may study domestically or overseas, while the scholarship program supports undergraduate students who wish to study abroad. Languages studied under Boren fellowships and scholarships tend to be less commonly-taught and have the potential to contribute to US national security (for students of Chinese, apply to UPS approved programs in China). Scholars and Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. (Past Recipients: Maxwell Nanson ’06 NSEP Undergraduate, Nathan Bradley ’15, Michael Burley ’15, Nate Ellis ’22)
The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Must have applied to or have been accepted by a study abroad based program that awards academic credits through the home campus. The proposed length of study in the host country must be a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer term, 10 weeks for a quarter term, and 12 weeks for a semester term. (Past Recipients: many of our study abroad participants have received Freeman-Asia awards.)
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Awards in Taiwan
Graduating seniors, recent graduates, and master’s candidates who are interested in assisting local English teachers at elementary or junior high schools in Taiwan will be considered. Applicants from all majors are welcome but Education majors are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must be native English-speakers and need to be adaptable, flexible, and independent, and need to enjoy working with children. Teaching experience is preferred, but not required. (Past Recipients: Mark Maples ’10, Sam Fielding ’10, Any Bodner ’16, Jimmy Kelloway ’18, Charlotte Parker ’18, Justin Loye ’19, Malcolm Willig ’21, Nora Torbett ’22)
Fulbright Research/Master’s Degree Program in Taiwan
Graduating seniors and recent graduates who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in some of the top-notch national universities in Taiwan, All programs are taught in English. Awards are available to pursue a full-time master’s degree program in International Studies (IMPIS), Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS), or International Communications Studies (IMICS) at National Chengchi University (NCCU), in International Human Resource Development at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), in Creative Industries Design or Energy Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), and in Agricultural Economics or Global Health at National Taiwan University (NTU). (Past Recipient: Taili Ni ’16 at NCCU)
Gilman International Scholarships
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship offers awards for study abroad for undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs or internship programs worldwide, including China and Taiwan. (Past Recipients: Many of our students received this scholarship, including Morgan Buckingham ’15; Alisa Glabe ’23)
The Pickering Fellowship is available to undergraduate and graduate students in the US. Accepted students will receive up to $37,500 annually. The fellowship also includes orientation at the Department of State, two summer internships (one in DC and one at a US consulate/embassy abroad), and mentorship. It is an excellent way for students to grow their networks and gain hands-on experience in the policy-making world.
Princeton in Asia
PiA arranges fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations that contribute to important global issues at the local level: education, public health, environmental sustainability, access to information/media, economic development and social justice. Fellows receive a local stipend paid by the host organization. Applicants should state their country/countries and, if applicable, cities of preference. When necessary, do some research to determine which countries might best suit you. If you are interested in a specific job or sector, you may indicate that as well. Keep in mind, however, that a certain degree of flexibility may increase your chances of placement. (Past Recipient: Max Heston ’12 in Hangzhou China)
Schwarzman Scholars gives students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes are taught in English. Students pursue degrees in one of three disciplines: Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies. Students spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society.
Taiwan Government Scholarships
1. Huayu Enrichment Scholarship is for language only study at any level, with different terms ranging from 3 months to 1 year. (Past Recipients: Kyle Rice ’17, Malcolm Willig ’21)
For Huayu Enrichment language study you will need to explore using this link further. The website is a bit hard to navigate and find what you need. If this is what you are interested, you will need to first identify a language center at a university in Taiwan and apply for admission while also complete the scholarship application at the same time, before March 31. Use the following links to do your research:
A. studytaiwan.org, https://www.studyintaiwan.org/chinese
B. Taiwan Mandarin Educational Resources Center https://lmit.edu.tw/en/editor/150
C. On the Resources Center you will go to this page: https://lmit.edu.tw/lc to search for institutes and courses
2. Ministry of Education (MOE) Taiwan Scholarship is for DEGREE studies, either a Master’s or a PhD program in Taiwan (Recent Recipient: Allie Highsmith ’22)
Yenching Academy, Peking University
The Yenching Academy provides a generous postgraduate scholarship that covers tuition fees, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between each Scholar’s base city and Beijing, accommodations, and living costs on Peking University’s campus. The Academy offers a residential program aimed at creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators in the heart of China’s top university. Such close proximity to the academic infrastructure of Peking University provides a unique opportunity to participate and fully immerse oneself in the life of the university.