Sigur Center Grants & Fellowships

The fellowships listed below are Sigur-affiliated grant opportunities. If you would like more information on external fellowships/scholarships, please find them at Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research, The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships, and Office for Study Abroad. 

 

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. Subscribe to our newsletters to be notified when applications open.

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 then participate in an informal discussion with Sigur Center staff and other language grant recipients about your experience abroad during the following academic year. 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.

Congratulations to our 2020 Sigur Summer Language Recipient! 

  • John Wilmerding, B.S. International Affairs (Chinese) 

The application deadline has passed.

Please keep an eye out for the 2021 application and info sessions! 

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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, regardless of nationality. These awards provide funding for travel, living, and research expenses while doing fieldwork in an Asian country.Preference is given to Ph.D 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.

 Congratulations to our 2020 Sigur Summer Research Recipients!

  • Rohail Salman, Ph.D History – “Bureaucracy and Governmentality: The 1951 Census and State-Making in Pakistan” 
  • Zhongtian Han, Ph.D History – “The Making of China’s Cold War Theatre: Fujian and China’s Military Strategy Against Taiwan and the U.S., 1949-1969” 
  • Abhilasha Sahay, Ph.D Economics – “The Silenced Women: An Investigation on Reporting of Violence Against Women” (India)  
  • Sylvia Ngo, Ph.D Anthropology – “Taiwanese Object Diasporas and Taiwan in Circulation” 
  • Jisun Jeong, Ph.D Education – “Gendered Conceptualization of Empowerment and Well-Being Through Education Among Conflict Affected Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh”  
  • Jin Yi Amoz Hor, Ph.D Political Science – “The Emotional Practices of Combatants and Activists in Aech, Indonesia” 

The application deadline has passed. 

Please keep an eye out for the 2021 application and info sessions! Subscribe to our newsletters to be notified when applications open.

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Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship

The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program provides summer fellowships to institutions of higher education. The grant to GW, written by the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, assists graduate (M.A. and Ph.D), professional students (JD, MPH, DrPH, MBA and MD), and undergraduate students to further language study and area/international studies. The Summer FLAS fellowships are intended to help students gain the equivalent of a year’s worth of college-level language study. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Note: FLAS fellows may travel to any country that the State Department has listed as Level 1 or 2. Level 3 countries will be reviewed on a case by case basis. For countries like Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and Israel, approval will depend on where in the country the fellow wants to study. Applicants should check the State Department’s website periodically and have an alternative country in case a designation changes or the country is not approved. FLAS fellows are not allowed to travel to any country that the State Department has listed as a Level 4.

Congratulations to our  Summer 2020 FLAS Recipients!! 

  • Michael Choi, M.A. Asian Studies (Chinese) 
  • Olivia Cundiff, M.A. Asian Studies (Japanese) 
  • Aaron Faugstad, M.A. International Affairs (Chinese) 
  • Dayne Feehan, M.A. Asian Studies (Korean) 
  • Natalie Horton, B.A. Asian Studies (Korean) 
  • Kristen Luck, M.A. Asian Studies (Japanese) 
  • Emerald O’Brien, B.S. Public Health (Japanese) 
  • Caroline Reid, M.A. International Affairs (Japanese) 
  • Brittany Robinson, M.A. Asian Studies (Korean) 
  • Olivia Saunders, B.A. International Affairs (Chinese) 
  • Bianca Patrice Trifoi, PhD History (Korean) 

For more information, click here.

 

The deadline for SU2021 is February 03, 2021.

Subscribe to our newsletters to be notified when applications open.

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Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship

The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program provides academic year fellowships to institutions of higher education. The grant to GW, written by the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, assists graduate (M.A. and Ph.D) and professional students (JD, MPH, DrPH, MBA and MD) to further language study and area/international studies. (Executive Education students are not eligible. Online programs are also not eligible.) The number of awards is contingent on funding. Information found on this page relates to Academic Year FLAS Fellowships only. For information on the Summer FLAS Fellowship, please go here. For other inquiries, please visit our FAQ page. Subscribe to our newsletters to be notified when applications open.

 

Committee decisions are final. Due to the high volume of applications received for this fellowship, feedback on decisions cannot be provided to applicants. We will not make exceptions on late submissions.

For more information, click here.

Congratulations to our AY20-21 FLAS recipients!! 

  • Christopher Collins, M.A. International Development (Chinese) 
  • Olivia Dorsey, M.A. Global Communications (Korean) 
  • Dayne Feehan, M.A. Asian Studies (Korean) 
  • Yani Najarian, M.A. Asian Studies (Chinese) 
  • Kaylee Norton, M.A. Asian Studies (Chinese) 
  • Brittany Robinson, M.A. Asian Studies (Korean) 
  • Deanna Schmidt, M.A. Asian Studies (Chinese) 
  • Parker Walton, M.A. Asian Studies (Japanese) 

The deadline for AY2021 is February 03, 2021

 

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