Study/Work Abroad/Fellowships

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)

Pickering Fellowship
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
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:
B. Taiwan Mandarin Educational Resources Center
C. On the Resources Center you will go to this page:​ 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.

3 thoughts on “Study/Work Abroad/Fellowships

  1. 大家好,

    我的名字叫唐睿,英文名字叫Ryan Tate。 我是三年级的普及弯大学学生。上个学期我去台湾还有中国大陆,差不多两个星期前我回来。 以前我的记忆衰退,我跟你们想要分享我的经验。


    到了台北的时候,我的最初感觉是吃惊 - 对台北天气,人口,风俗,等等。最倬的因素是台湾的天气。台湾的天气非常潮和热(Weather is humid)。如果你打算去台湾,你应该准备 - 穿轻的衣服,喝很多水,带来帽子和眼镜(Prepare – wear breathable clothes, drink lots of water, bring a hat/sun glasses)。你到台北的时候,对台湾天气,你的身体是陌生,一个星期后你的身体会习惯。

    台北很有意思的地方,你可以去很多活动,比方说,先买交通卡(MRT地铁比较便宜),然后走路!去看台北101大楼或者参观台北的有名士林(Shilin)夜市 –

    东海大学在台中市,我建议你用台湾的高速铁路从台北,差不多一个小时。东海大学的校园很漂亮。如果你喜欢运动,东海有非常好的游泳池,体育场/操场,网球场,和乒乓球体育馆。校园上有方便的夜市。每一天我们去那个夜市,吃饭和喝果汁 - 我想东海。。。


    还有,看我的blog - – 有很多关台湾的东西。


  2. ________________________________________
    From: [] On Behalf Of CLTA Headquarters []
    Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 1:47 PM
    To: clta-members
    Subject: Fwd: Summer Field Studies for Chinese Language Students: Fulbright Scholarships Available
    From: “ACCFSK12”

    My name is Shannon Jones and I am the Program Coordinator for our Associated Colleges in China, Summer Field Studies program here at Hamilton College. I would like to introduce this program as an exciting and unique opportunity for your students to spend seven weeks in China this summer. Qualified students will gain unique field experience teaching at day camps in rural schools, delivering a presentation at a Chinese education conference in Chinese, and engage in discussions on China’s education system with native faculty. All students who are admitted to the program will receive a full scholarship to participate.

    To apply, or for more information visit:

    Please view the information below and feel free to contact me with any questions.


    Shannon Jones
    ACC Summer Field Studies
    Hamilton College

    Who: A small group of highly qualified US students with advanced abilities in Chinese language. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of a study abroad program in China. Admitted students will receive full scholarships (Scholarship includes: international travel, program tuition, and lodging in China).

    What: Further improve cultural competency and language proficiency through field experience and advanced language instruction.

    Where: Several regions of China with an emphasis on rural areas; language instruction based in Beijing.

    When: Summer 2011 (June 17-August 5)

    Field Experience:
    • Three- week field study in different parts of China
    • Engage in comparative study of US and China’s contemporary society and educational systems through hands-on projects
    • Focus on education in rural areas
    • Deliver presentations at conferences/workshops for Chinese school teachers
    • Teach at day camps in rural schools
    • Participate in a one-week de-orientation and preparation for outreach activities

    Advanced Language Instruction:
    • Three- week intensive Chinese language courses and culture lectures in Beijing
    • Focus on advanced language and culture studies
    • Native speaking faculty with extensive experience teaching foreign students
    • Earn credits from Hamilton College

  3. Mark Maples ’10, Fulbright to Taiwan

    See his blog postings:

    The god of heaven: God laughed at me, then gave me a message.
    (Posted on September 13, 2010)
    An obvious difference between the States and Taiwan is the presence of temples. Temples in Taiwan come in all shapes and sizes and are often ridiculously ornate. These temples tend to be dedicated to a specific deity, such as Confucius or Mazhi (the female God of the ocean, and one of Taiwan’s most popular deities). These temples have a terrific mix of Buddhist, Daoist and Confucius deities and gods represented. Read the

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