Blakemore Freeman Language Grant

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced level language study in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible languages are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.

The Blakemore Foundation makes grants for study only at specific language programs. Please refer to the current list of approved programs.


To be eligible for a Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, an applicant must:

-Be pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language

-Have a college undergraduate degree

-Be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the grant guidelines (Minimum requirement is 3 years of study of the language at college level or equivalent fluency)

-Able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study during the term of the grant. Grants are not made for part-time study or research.

-Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States

Special Considerations

Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply


Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are intended to cover basic expenses at a graduate student level necessary to pursue an academic year of full-time intensive language study in Asia, including tuition or tutoring fees, plus a stipend for travel, living and study expenses.


Application materials and additional information can be found on the Blakemore Fellowship website


The grant application cycle usually begins at the beginning of July with a deadline around the beginning of December.

Additional information and application materials are available on the Blakemore Fellowship website


Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Doctorate


  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • Non English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Language
  • Study Abroad


  • Asia

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