There are many scholarships, fellowship and grant opportunities available for students pursuing the study of Thai language and culture e.g. Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship, the National Security Education Program (NSEP), David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship, Blakemore Freeman Fellowship.
FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship
Thai is one of the languages for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS Fellowships are available to both UH classified graduate and undergraduate students who have US citizenship or permanent residency and combine modern foreign language training with area/professional studies. The fellowships are administered by Asian Studies Program of the School of Hawaiian Asian and Pacific Studies. In 2010, an academic year fellowship provides a graduate recipient with a $15,000 stipend and tuition for up to 10 credits per semester and an undergraduate recipient with a $5,000 stipend and tuition support up to $10,000 for the year. Stipends are usually disbursed in ten monthly installments.
Application deadline for UH FLAS is usually end of January.
UH-CSEAS Summer FLAS Fellowship
Starting in summer 2007, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UH offers THREE or more Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Summer. These will provide stipend and tuition for U.S. citizen or permanent resident graduate students at UH-Manoa who will enroll in a formal program of intensive language study. Summer FLAS requires either 120 contact hours in advanced language or 140 hours in intermediate language over a period of 6 weeks or longer.
Individual tutoring is not acceptable.
The applicants are responsible for selecting the language program to attend and must clear their program choice with UH language instructor who will assess the overall merit of the program before full fellowship application will be considered. A summer fellowship consists of a $2,500 stipend and tuition cost up to $4,000. Intensive in-country language training is strongly recommended for summer Southeast Asia FLAS.
Application deadline for UH Summer FLAS is usually end of January.
David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to pursue specialization in area and language study or to add an international dimension to their education. Boren Fellowships (up to $30,000) support students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. national security but are less frequently studied by U.S. graduate students, i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Thai is a language supported by this fellowship. Application deadline is normally the last week of January.
National Security Program Fellowship for undergraduate students
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren undergraduate Fellowships provides up to $20,000 for one academic year to study a foreign language and culture, which is currently underrepresented. Thai is a language supported by this fellowship. For local (UH) information and applications contact Dr. Chizuko Allen, School of Hawaiian, Asian, & Pacific Studies, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, tel. 808.956.2210. Deadline: Early November.
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one year of advanced language study (= A minimum of three academic years of regular language study at the college level) in East or Southeast Asia, including Thai, in structured language programs or private tutorial programs where the primary focus is on study of the modern language. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are for one year of full-time language study. Grants awarded for an academic year program may be extended to include summer study preceding or following the academic year program, if approved by the Trustee.
Advanced Thai Abroad Program at Chiangmai University (AST)
The Advanced Study of Thai Program (AST) is an intensive eight-week course of instruction in advanced Thai language to be conducted in Thailand with instruction provided by members of the faculty of Chiang Mai University (CMU), Chiang Mai, Thailand. This program is for students with at least intermediate-level study of Thai language (or equivalent).
To participate in AST, the applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident or must be planning a career in teaching, and must be enrolled in or admitted to a US institution of higher education as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student.
AST is a US Department of Education program. The AST application is simultaneously a request for admission to the program and a request for the program fellowship. All admitted participants receive partial funding as a result of that support. The Department of Education grant permits AST to provide round trip economy travel to all students plus a stipend to defray instructional, housing, and field-trip costs.
Application deadline is normally the last week of January.