Blakemore Freeman Fellowship

About the Blakemore Freeman Fellowship

Since 1990, the Blakemore Foundation, with the support of the Freeman Foundation, has awarded over $17 million in grants to college graduates and young professionals for an academic year abroad in full-time intensive language study. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced level language study at approved language programs in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible languages are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.

The fellowships cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation.

Location of award, if applicable: East and South East Asia

Eligible applicants:

– must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
– must have a college undergraduate degree by the start of the grant
– must be at or near an advanced level in the language. The minimum requirement is three years of study of the language at the college level, either through classes taken in university or in combination with study-abroad language programs
– must be pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language
– should be able to devote themselves exclusively to full-time intensive language study during the duration of the grant

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The Blakemore Freeman Fellowship application process:

Start by reviewing the scholarship website for information on eligibility and other requirements, and to determine whether it is a good fit for your academic background and career goals.

Contact CFSA and your mentor(s) to discuss your plans to apply.

Applications open in early July.

Application components include:
– a list of classes/training you have taken in your chosen language of study
– CV or resume
– list of academic or professional honors you have been awarded
– a personal essay (statement)
– two letters of recommendation
– official transcript(s).

Application deadline is December 30th.

Interested? Contact CFSA for more information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

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