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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

You can have the opportunity to spend part of a summer in an Asian country on an Asian Studies Summer Study, Research, and Service Travel Grant that would provide funding for travel and living expenses. 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 proposal about the plan of study or service or research (consisting of the title of the project, project summary, project detail, a detailed project timeline, and a detailedbudget)
  • a transcript
  • a list of Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 courses
  • two letters of recommendation, one from a language teacher
  • letter of recommendation from host institution if you are doing a service project
The application deadline for Summer 2017 is the beginning of 2nd week of February. Decisions will be made before Spring break, to allow students to plan accordingly.

Summer 2017 Travel Application

Frequently Asked Questions for the Summer 2017 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!