All Duke Students

APSI Language Scholarships  

Limited scholarships of up to $7,000 are available to full-time Duke students who plan to pursue further language training in Chinese, Japanese or Korean either in East Asia or at a reputable domestic program. Priority is given to students at the intermediate level or above who 1) wish to continue language study beyond university/departmental language requirements 2) are enrolled in the East Asian Studies Graduate CertificateUndergraduate Certificate or MA program and 3) articulate a clear understanding of how the specific program they intend to enroll in will help them meet their language proficiency and broader academic goals.  


  • Application form including:

    • A 500 word proposal describing how the specific language program will contribute to the applicant's language proficiency and broader academic goals
    • A budget outlining specific programmatic, living and travel costs.  This must include all other sources of funding applied to and/or received.  
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member submitted directly to

 Applications for 2023 are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2023.

Janet B. Chiang Grant

This grant supports student projects with the goal of furthering Asian-American understanding, as well as funding need-based grants for students to study in Asia. Duke undergraduate and graduate students may apply. The award maximum is $2,500. Learn more about Janet B. Chiang, Trinity '86.

Special consideration will be given to projects connected with Asian-American relations, Asian American cultural or legal issues, and women's issues, but any project designed to meet a need and which encourages student leadership initiative will be considered. Special consideration will also be given to Asian Americans who apply for grants to study in Asia, but all students with a demonstrated interest in the relation of Asian and American cultures are encouraged to apply for this grant.

Applications for 2023 will be due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2023.. The same form may be used by both graduate and undergraduate students; if applying as a graduate student, include your expected year of graduation on the same line as your major (program name). Applicants must include a basic budget and list all other sources and amounts of funding (including applications for funding).

If the application is associated with a research project involves human subjects, submit evidence that the project has been submitted for Duke Campus IRB review (submit verification if already approved or exempted). Funding will not be released until IRB approval (or exemption) is obtained. **IRB approval is not required if the application is to support language study.**

Duke University Office of Research Support

The Office of Research Support provides an extensive, on-line database of funding opportunities as a resource for the entire Duke University research community.

Asia-focus students at Duke may especially wish to consider:

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship for Study in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund was established by the Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann, the daughter of a prominent Armenian Statesman who was married to one of the owners of a successful American business. She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime. Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study. The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.

Duke University may submit 3 applications each year, so an internal competition will be held annually to select those who may submit full applications to DZL. Learn more>>

Non-Duke Grants

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Critical Language Scholarships

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program of the U.S. Department of State for American undergraduate and graduate students.