EAS Summer Awards

Chinese Language Program, Internship and Research Project Support

The Department of East Asian Studies awards a number of grants in support of summer Chinese language instruction/immersion programs, research projects, and internships in China, Taiwan or Hong Kong. Please browse our annual newsletters for programs attended and projects undertaken by previous award recipients. Examples of digital narrative reflections may also be found on our newsletters webpage

All registered Brown undergraduate students who are returning to Brown the following September are eligible to apply.  Students graduating the May before the summer in question may not apply. Preference will be given to East Asian Studies concentrators, and to those students with a demonstrated commitment to continued East Asian language study at Brown.

Awards For Concentrators Only
Awards For Both Concentrators and Non-Concentrators
 

For concentrators in East Asian Studies

 The Department seeks to encourage concentrators to pursue intensive language training, research,  and other opportunities for learning related to China, and offers the following support for those activities:

  • East Asian Studies concentrators writing an honors thesis using Chinese language sources may apply for awards of up to $2500 to support their research.  These funds may be used for travel to archives or other sites associated with the research project.  Students will normally apply for support in the second semester of their junior year, and begin work on the project in the summer between junior and senior year.  

For both concentrators in East Asian Studies and non-concentrators

  • Undergraduates planning to attend summer language programs in China, Taiwan or Hong Kong, may apply to the Department for awards of up to $5,000.  Funds can be applied to tuition, travel, or living costs for those programs.
  • The Department will also provide up to $2,500 in support of students pursuing eight- to ten-week unpaid or minimally paid summer internships in China, Taiwan or Hong Kong.  Students wishing to take unpaid or poorly paid positions with NGOs, companies, or government agencies, may apply these awards toward travel, lodging, or living costs.  
  • Concentrators and non-concentrators may apply for support from The Arun Stewart '11 Memorial Fund,  established by Sunita and Tony Stewart in memory of their son, the late Arun David Stewart, Class of 2011, to honor his passion for Chinese language and culture. The fund supports undergraduates who conduct independent research projects in China, or participate in low-paid or unpaid internships in China, or pursue intensive language studies in China. Distributions from the Fund will be exclusively used to support summer travel to China (including related living expenses) by undergraduate students.   The purposes of the Fund, in order of the Donors' preferences, will be to support recipients who: 1) conduct independent research projects in China; or 2) participate in low-paid or unpaid internships in China; or 3) pursue intensive language instruction in China.  With respect to distributions from the Fund that are made for the purpose of pursuing intensive language instruction in China, the Donors prefer that recipients be enrolled in the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies.

Application Requirements

To apply for Summer Language Instruction Support, and to be considered for The Arun Stewart ’11 Memorial Fund, students should submit the following no later than Monday, February 17, 2014 at 5 pm:

  1. Online application form
  2. Resume
  3. Student transcript (directly from BannerWeb is sufficient)
  4. Proposed plan of study (no longer than 1000 words)
  5. Letters of acceptance and financial aid awards, as they become available (scanned or emailed copies are preferable)

Applications will be reviewed by departmental faculty, and award recipients notified no later than Friday, March 7, 2014. 

To apply for Independent or Thesis Research Support, and to be considered for The Arun Stewart ’11 Memorial Fund, students should submit the following no later than Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5 pm:

  1. Online application form
  2. Resume
  3. Student transcript (directly from BannerWeb is sufficient)
  4. Research project proposal
  5. Itemized budget (estimated travel, lodging and living expenses, etc.)
  6. Letter of support emailed directly from the thesis or research project faculty advisor

Applications will be reviewed by departmental faculty, and award recipients notified no later than Friday, March 14, 2014.

To apply for Summer Internship Support, students should submit the following no later than Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5 pm:

  1. Online application form
  2. Resume
  3. Student transcript (directly from BannerWeb is sufficient)
  4. Project proposal 
  5. Itemized budget (estimated travel, lodging and living expenses, etc.)
  6. Letter of support from the sponsor of the internship (scanned or emailed copies are preferable)
  7. Letter of recommendation emailed directly from an East Asian Studies faculty member

Applications will be reviewed by departmental faculty, and award recipients notified no later than Friday, March 14, 2014.

All reward recipients will be expected to sign a declaration of the statement below:

I understand that if I receive an East Asian Studies summer support award, it is solely applicable to the program or project described in this application and cannot be transferred to a different program/project, or used for purposes other than tuition, airfare, or living expenses associated with the program of instruction or proposed project.  

Should I receive an award, I agree to submit a mandatory reflective essay or digital narrative about my experience by [date to be determined].  I agree that I will not accept funding from East Asian Studies in excess of financial need for the program attended or project undertaken.