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 2019, an academic year fellowship provides a graduate recipient with a $15,000 stipend and tuition for up to 9 credits per semester and and an undergraduate recipient with a $5,000 stipend and tuition support up to $10,000 for up to 12 credits per semester for one academic year. Stipends are usually disbursed in ten monthly installments.
Application deadlinefor UH FLAS is usually in mid 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 deadlinefor UH Summer FLAS is usually mid January.
Boren Awards for International Study
As the National Security Education Program (NSEP) initiatives, the Boren Awards focus on countries, languages, and fields critical to U.S. national security but are less frequently studied by U.S. students, i.e., areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Thai is one of the Boren Awards “preferred” languages.
For local (UH) information and applications contact:
Blakemore Freeman Fellowship
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one year of advanced language study 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.
Applicants must have completed (at minimum) the third year of college-level language classes.
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.