Scholarships for International Students | Study in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan

Here's some Asian country specific scholarships below:

Blakemore Foundation:

Created in 1990, The Blakemore Foundation's mission is to promote the advanced study of Asian languages as well as the awareness of East Asian art in the United States. Students are awarded scholarships to become more proficient in Chinese, Japanese,  Korean,  Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese, Indonesian, and Khmer languages.  Over $14 million in language grants has been awarded since inception.

Number of Scholarships:  unknown

Award Amounts:  unknown

Deadlines:  December 30 for the upcoming academic year beginning in June through May. ( )



Intensive Language Scholarship: CIEE, a major nonprofit organization specializing in international academic and exchange programs, offers scholarships for students enrolled at leading U.S. college and universities to attend full-year intensive language study courses abroad.

CIEE's Language Intensive Focus Track Scholarship (LIFT) allocates $100,000 per year to entice students to study overseas for a full year in one of the following languages—Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, or Russian. Scholarship awards will be a minimum of $5,000 and will be awarded to exemplary students who have a undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 along with a compelling personal essay.

Number of Scholarships:  unknown

Award Amounts: Global Access InitiativeGAIN Grant: $1500

Language Intensive Focus Track (LIFT):  $5,000 and up

Global Architecture and Design Program:  up to $18,850 and many more scholarships. Check website for more info

Deadlines:  November for winter, spring, and full year; April for summer, fall and full year programs

Critical Language Scholarships:

CLS, funded by the U.S. Dept. of State's, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers group-based summer intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for eight to ten weeks.  The scholarships focuses on thirteen critical foreign languages --Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu-- in beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

For the fortunate ones awarded the scholarship, all programs expenses are taken care of by CLS.
What exactly is covered? travel from the student's U.S. home location and the program city, costs for pre-departure orientation, any necessary visa fees, room, board, travel within program country, and all other fees for program functions. Please note that U.S. passport fees will not be paid by the scholarship, and students will be required to travel to and from his or her US home city and the airport for CLS Program travel.

Number of Scholarships:  unknown

Award Amounts:  Contact CLS

Deadlines: Fall for the following summer.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Whitaker International Summer Grants Program - Institution: Institute of International Education (IIE)

A scholarship available to graduate and doctorate students in the U.S. who are seeking to advance their education in Biochemistry, Biomedical engineering, Biomedical sciences, and Engineering.

Number of Scholarships:  unknown

Award Amounts:  approximately $10,000, travel, living expenses and health insurance

Deadlines: early February

Countries: open

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. Graduates or Post Doctorates.
Ineligible: foreign nationals or those who have lived in the host country of the proposed grant project beyond 6 months before their grant start date (study abroad experience during undergraduate does not count)

Hong Kong   

HKSAR Government Scholarships Fund

– government scholarships for local and non-local students to gain funding to study in Hong Kong at selected institutions. ( )

Number of Awards: 853 for masters and PhD

Award Amounts: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA)] $40,000 per year for local students and $80,000 per year for non-local students masters and PhD; $20,000-$30,000 for undergrads

Eligibility: excellent performance in academic studies

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

– PhD scholarships for international students to study in Hong Kong at 8 selected universities.

Award Amounts: $30,000

Deadline: 1 - 6 December (annually depends on which university)
Locations: Hong Kong ( - City University, Baptist University, Lingnan University, The Chinese University, The Institute of Education, Polytechnic University, University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong

Eligibility: outstanding academic performance, exemplary skills in research, communication, leadership and interpersonal abilities check website for ineligibility. ( )


Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan

Scholarships are sponsored by major U.S. corporations, private foundations, and individuals, by donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, provides the funds to help students with their airfare costs and living expenses while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year.

Number of Scholarships:  Approximately 100 every year

Award Amounts: Students receive a stipend of $2,500 for semester programs or $4,000 for full academic year programs. Any field of study is eligible for undergraduates. No language requirements. There are multiple scholarships from different funders such as Morgan Stanley's (2) scholarships for $7,500.

Deadlines: 1st week of April for Fall semester. Although, applicants can apply for Bridging Scholarships twice a year.

Eligibility: Applicants need to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science Technology (MEXT)

Offers funding to students accepted under their all-English International Ph.D. Program in Economics at Yokohama National University (YNU).

Number of Scholarships:  3

Award Amounts: Monthly stipend of JPY 148,000 and exemption of tuition

Deadlines:  Dec. 26

Eligibility:  Must be incoming student for International Ph.D. Program in Economics at YNU.  Students older than 35  four months after the deadline date and those residing in Japan are not eligible.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Scholarships:

The FLAS Fellowship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents and are enrolled full-time in a domestic or international program. In addition, this competitive program requires a blend of foreign language learning with research studies in an international field of discipline.  Studies should focus on either East Asia, East Europe, Africa or the Middle East.  The student's language proficiency level needs to be intermediate or advanced. Most foreign languages such as Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Turkish are available while selecting popular languages like French, German and Spanish are not.

Award Amounts: $10,000 for undergraduates; $18,000 for graduate students. A subsistence allowance is also provided for other school fees, medical insurance, and living expenses.

Deadlines:  December 20th (undergrads) and Dec. 31st for graduates

Eligibility:  must apply with an institution that the U.S. Department of Education has given fellowships to. Inquire with the university.

Otsuka Toshimi Scholarship Foundation 
– international scholarships for students of medicine, pharmacology, nutrition, physical education or business administration to study in Japan.

Award Amounts: ¥2.0 million, ¥1.5 million or ¥1.0 million per year; ¥500,000 for applicants who are awarded scholarships or benefits from other sources

Eligibility: (1) ONLY citizens of a country in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Brazil, Russia, or the Czech Republic. (2) Applicants must be majoring in medicine, pharmacology, nutrition, physical education or business administration in an official degree program at a university or graduate school in Japan. See website for more info.
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Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

The Freeman-ASIA program provides financial support to American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad for academic credit during the summer, a semester, or a full academic year in one of 15 countries/regions in East and Southeast Asia, including "Japan". Award amounts vary from $3,000 - $7,000 depending on the length of study. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Upon their return to the U.S., students are required to promote study in Asia by sharing their experiences with peers on their home campuses and in their communities.

More information is available on the program website at ( ).

Japanese Student Services Organization (JASSO)

A number of scholarships to study in Japan are offered by JASSO. The Short-term Student Exchange Program Scholarship is available for qualified international students approved by Japanese universities or graduate schools. Those who are accepted will be according to the student exchange agreement on a temporary basis ranging from eight days to twelve months.

Awards: ¥80,000 monthly stipend (up to one year) ,  a relocation allowance: ¥150,000 (only upon arrival ).

Eligibility:  Students must be a citizen of countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan.   Students does not hold Japanese nationality.

Details: Visit the JASSO website (  ).


Global Business Scholarship at S P Jain School of Global Management

Bachelors Degree, Masters
Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) Degree Study in: Year 1 Singapore; Year 2 Dubai; Years 3 & 4 Sydney.
Ranked #19 worldwide by Forbes Magazine for Global MBAs. A very small school, with an annual intake of less than 200 students from 30+ nationalities.

Award Amounts: Bachelor's: ranges from $3,000 and $18,000 USD annually, renewable for 4 years, in tuition waivers; students must be able to afford non-tuition fees (housing, food, transportation, registration, insurance, visas, etc., totaling approx. $13,000 – $15,000 USD each year)

Deadline: Varies
Location in: Mumbia, India; Singapore SG; Dubai, U.A.E; or Sydney, Australia
Course starts January or September

Eligibility: Bachelor's: (1) You and your parents do not come from the Subcontinent of India (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal);
(2) A High School grad in the top 20% of your graduating class (approx. 3.0/4.0 GPA); See website below for more info.
For Master's program: High entrance test scores, a minimum of 720 in GMAT and 95 percentile in CAT/SPJAT. Outstanding academic achievement (minimum of 75% in all years of education Graduation from a top ranked institution.

  (source: / Dean of International Relations: alesa.lightbourne@ and request application)

South Korea   

KFAS International Scholar Exchange Fellowship (ISEF)

Invites approximately 50 Asian scholars from Asia to collaborate on projects with professors and researchers in South Korea at leading academic institutions.
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Korean Government Scholarship Program

– Provides an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea. Undergraduate, master’s and PhD scholarships obtainable for international students going to South Korea.


Government Scholarships for International Students

The Taiwan Government through the Ministry of Education (MOE) offers Bachelors, Masters, and PhD  scholarships for international students who wants to study in Taiwan Colleges and Universities through the Taiwan Scholarship Program.
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Deadline: 31 March (annual)
Location:  Taiwan
Course begins September 2014

Eligibility: high-school diploma or post-secondary degree(s), with an excellent academic record. See website for ineligibility.


For Arts & Music

Asian Cultural Council - offers scholarships to American interested in studying Asian music in Asia.

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