Blakemore Foundation Language Fellowships

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

The Blakemore Foundation’s 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)
  • Be 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.

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.

Please be aware that our grants are highly competitive. In recent years, we were able to fund less than 10% of applicants.

Blakemore Refresher Grants

Blakemore Refresher Grants provide individuals in mid-career an opportunity to refresh their advanced Asian language skills by attending a full-time language program for a summer or semester. Refresher Grants are not a post-doctoral program; recent PhD graduates are not appropriate candidates for a Blakemore Refresher Grant.

An applicant for a Refresher Grant must be an individual in mid-career, established in academia, public service or the private sector, and a member of one of the following groups:

  • Former Blakemore Freeman Fellows
  • Professors who are teaching in an Asian field at a university or college in the United States
  • Individuals working in an Asian career field

See the Refresher Grant guidelines for complete eligibility requirements.

Applications are currently closed.

We encourage you to apply online!

The 2016 application cycle will open August 1st, 2015, with a deadline of 11:30 p.m. EST on December 30, 2015. If for any reason you cannot access our online application, please email us at for help.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

2016 Grant Guidelines

Click here to download in pdf format.

Blakemore Refresher Grants

2016 Grant Guidelines

Click here to download


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