Sigur Center Grants & Fellowships

The Sigur Center is pleased to announce the Summer 2019 recipients of its own grants and competitive federal scholarships for Asian languages and research. 

Each summer the Sigur Center awards grants to current* GW undergraduate and graduate students for intensive language study and field research in Asia. Previous grant recipients have received funding for travel to China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. There are two grant types: Asian Language Study in Asia and Asian Field Research.

Due to limited funding, the application process for these grants is highly competitive. The Summer 2019 Fellows are:

Language                                            Research 
Josh Pope, Taiwan                              Abhilasha Sahay, India
Grayson Shor, Taiwan                        Paromita De, India 
Michael Kameras, Indonesia              Jin Yi Hor, Indonesia  
Tracy Fu, Taiwan
Ander Tebbut, Taiwan                            
Max Kaplan, Taiwan                        
Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship for Asian Languages was awarded to: Eleanor Albert, Natalie Horton, and Mei Ling Wilson to Beijing, China; Gillian Hand to Harbin, China; and Jake Iannacone to Kyoto, Japan.
Jake Iannacone (ESIA ’21) is pursuing a B.A. with double majors in Asian Studies and Japanese Language and Literature, in addition to a Mathematics minor. He will spend 6 weeks at Kyoto Consortium of Japanese Studies’ Summer Program in Classical Japanese to complement GWU’s modern language and literature in translation coursework, to have a holistic understanding of Japanese culture, history, and society. Jake’s dedication to learning Classical and Pre-Classical Japanese led to the creation of a mobile app, Kobun Tomodachi, to teach users Classical Japanese.
Gillian Hand (ESIA ’21) is pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs with dual concentrations in security policy and Asia, with a potential Chinese minor on the way. She will study at CET’s Intensive Chinese Language in Harbin program where she will hone her conversational, written, and business Mandarin Chinese through 1:1 tutoring and small classes for 9 weeks. Gillian aims to work for the federal government where she can utilize her in-country expertise and language skills when working on Asian security matters.
Eleanor Albert (CCAS ’23) is pursuing a PhD. in Political Science and minoring in Comparative Politics, with her primary research interests on Chinese foreign and domestic policy, U.S.-China relations, East Asian security, and the study of power’s manifestations and tools. Eleanor will study at Tsinghua University’s Inter-University Program for Chinese Langauge Studies for 8 weeks, which follows years of Mandarin Chinese study in high school, Vassar College, NYU in Shanghai, Nanjing University, Fudan University, and Sciences Po Paris, to further advance her language skills to enhance her ability to consult primary sources and independently conduct interviews. 
Natalie Horton (ESIA ’22) is pursuing a B.A. in Asian Studies with a double major in Chinese and Korean, and seeks to work in promoting intercultural understanding in her budding career. Natalie will spend 8 weeks at the Associated Colleges in China’s Minzu University of China location doing highly intensive language and culture immersion. She is an alumna of the U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) and studied Mandarin Chinese in Xiamen, China in 2016. 
Mei Ling Wilson (ESIA ’21) is pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs, concentrating in security policy, and has studied Mandarin Chinese for 8 years so far. She will continue to enhance her language prowess at CIEE Summer Intensive Chinese Language Program in Beijing for 8 weeks, while also studying issues in contemporary Chinese society, drama, and a language & culture practicum. She hopes to use her linguistic and cultural expertise at the U.S. Department of State to facilitate U.S.-China diplomatic relations. 
U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship recipients:
James Gannon (Mandarin Chinese, China)
Jada Tanner (Korean, South Korea)
U.S. Department of Defense’s Boren Scholars & Fellows:
Anshul Rajwanshi (Hindi, India) South Asian Flagship Language Initiative (SAFLI)
James Gannon (Mandarin, China)


Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship

For more information, click here.

Deadline: April 1, 2019, 12 PM EST



Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship

For more information, click here.

Deadline: February 1, 2019, 12 PM EST


Sigur Center Summer Grant for Asian Language Study in Asia

The Sigur Center is pleased to offer a grant for the study of any Asian language in a relevant country. All language study must be conducted in the relevant country of the language and applicants need to confirm acceptance into a language program before leaving. Language programs must be at least 8 weeks long. If you also intend on taking part in an internship over the summer, it must be completed either before or after the language program.

This grant is open to all GW B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. students regardless of nationality. Preference is given to applicants who must pass a language proficiency exam in order to complete their degree requirements.

* Applicants can only apply to one type of grant. Those selected for these grants must submit four blog posts (two written posts and two video blog posts) throughout the course of the program and, during the following academic year, participate in an informal discussion with Sigur Center staff and other language grant recipients about your experience abroad. Application should include current resume, statement of purpose, information about the proposed language program, budget, two letters of recommendation, and GW transcripts.

** Please note that the Sigur Center has substantial funding specifically dedicated to sending students to study Chinese in Taiwan. We strongly recommend that, if you would like to study Chinese abroad, you apply for a program in Taiwan.

Apply HERE

Deadline: April 1, 2019, 5:00 PM EST


Sigur Center Summer Grant for Asian Field Research

The Sigur Center offers summer field research grants in Asia for George Washington University graduate students (M.A. or Ph.D.) interested in Asian affairs. These awards provide funding for travel, living, and research expenses while doing fieldwork in an Asian country.

This grant is open to all GW MA and PhD students regardless of nationality. Preference is given to PhD applicants who are in their third or fourth year of study, or whom can otherwise demonstrate the necessity of the grant towards conducting research related to their thesis.

* Applicants can only apply to one type of grant. Those selected for these grants must submit two blog posts throughout the course of the program and present their findings at a roundtable discussion during the following academic year. Applications should include current resume, project proposal, budget, two letters of recommendation, and GW transcripts.

Apply HERE

Deadline: February 28, 2019, 5:00 PM EST


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