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Undergraduate Travel Grants

Asian studies has an award opportunity for undergraduate students taking Asian language courses.

Asian Studies Summer Study, Research, and Service Travel Grants for Undergraduates

Undergraduate students enrolled in an Asian language course who are interested in the society and culture of that country can apply for an Asian Studies Summer Study, Research, and Service Travel Grant. This grant would provide funding for travel and living expenses to an Asian country during the summer break. Applications are due in mid-February. Decisions are made after Spring break, to allow students to plan accordingly.

Students receiving grants are responsible for managing all aspects of their trip including:

  • making their own travel itinerary
  • arranging travel and accommodations
  • managing their own budgets

At the end of the summer recipients must provide documentation of travel and submit a 10-page report summarizing the summer language and cultural experiences.

Applicants may be from any college or major, but must have a proposed project that relates to their area of study. Priority will be given to students who have completed 2 years of language work in the relevant language prior to the intended travel; have no prior travel experience in the area of travel; and are Asian Studies majors. Awardees must be enrolled at Cornell in the semester following travel. Applicants should have a strong cumulative GPA, a well articulated project, and submit an appropriate budget.

Applicants must complete an application form, and provide the following:
  • a 1500-word statement about the plan of study or service or research (topic of investigation, methodology and timetable, preparation, and relation to further study and long-term interests)
  • a statement regarding plans for summer travel
  • an estimated budget
  • a transcript
  • a list of Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 courses
  • evaluation(s) from the applicant's language instructor(s) and a letter of recommendation by a faculty member.

Applicants are required to attend a Grant Writing Workshop for Undergrads with the DUS. The second workshop will be held on on February 8th from 2-3pm in RCK 374.

The application deadline for Summer 2015 is Thursday, February 19,2015. Decisions will be made before Spring break, to allow students to plan accordingly.

Summer 2015 Travel Application

Frequently Asked Questions for the Summer 2015 Travel Grants.

To apply for a Summer Travel Grant, or to ask for more information, contact Erin Kotmel, Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Asian Studies, 350 Rockefeller Hall, e-mail

Also -- see what Summer 2007 and Summer 2006 recipients had to say about their experiences in Asia!