Current Students - Undergraduate

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All APSI scholarships are subject to Duke's Global Travel Policy.

Conference Travel Grants

Undergraduate students needing assistance to cover travel expenses for presenting on East or Southeast Asian topics at conferences and professional meetings may apply for up to $700 from APSI. Awards will take into account funds received from other Duke sources.  Students enrolled in the Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies are given preference for funding.

Applications are accepted until the annual funding allocation is depleted. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they receive notice of their paper or presentation acceptance; applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the start of the conference or meeting.


  • Evidence of paper or presentation acceptance (i.e. – conference program, invitation from organizer)
  • Abstract of paper to be presented
  • Simple budget, including costs for registration, travel, lodging, and meals; include a list with amounts of other Duke funds received

Applications should be submitted to Alex Nickley.  Travel grants take the form of reimbursement of actual expenses and require submission of receipts.

Janet B. Chiang Grants

Visit the All Duke Students page for additional details and application instructions.

Kristina Troost Prize for an undergraduate project in East Asian Studies

This prize honors Dr. Kristina Kade Troost, who had a distinguished career spanning 30 years at Duke. A historian by training, Dr. Troost was Duke’s first Japanese Studies Librarian and headed the International and Area Studies Department in the Library for 20 years. She also served as the much-beloved Director of Graduate Studies for the MA program in East Asian Studies at Duke and continues to be actively involved in the Triangle Forum for Japanese Studies. Through her various roles, Dr. Troost made invaluable contributions to East Asian Studies at Duke and beyond.

The purpose of the Kristina Troost Prize is to recognize the best undergraduate project in East Asian Studies at Duke. The project can be in the form of a substantial paper, visual art, film, or digital production, among others. The prize ($450) will be awarded annually by an APSI faculty committee and given in the spring semester.

To be considered for the prize, submit the application form, a copy of your project, and a nomination letter from a faculty member who supervised the project. Applications for the 2021-22 academic year will be due no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 1st, 2023.

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 Certificate, Undergraduate 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 2022 are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2023.

Sirena WuDunn Memorial Scholarship

On September 1, 1983, Sirena WuDunn, en route to Hong Kong for a year of study, was aboard Korean Airlines flight 007, which was shot down by Soviet fighters. Since then, the WuDunn family has worked with Duke students and administrators to endow a scholarship in honor of her life.

The award is not need-based; however, should the recipient be on financial aid, the amount of the scholarship will be used to reduce the self-help portion of the financial aid award. The award is given to the student(s) who best embody the ideals and interests that Sirena held. Preference for the award will be given to students who:

  1. Are of Asian ancestry, preferably Chinese American
  2. Have made a valuable contribution in the area of East-West culture, and
  3. Have demonstrated academic excellence

Applications for 2022-23 will be due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2023. As part of the application a faculty letter of recommendation will be required.  Recommenders can submit their letters directly to This is a grant for an academic-year award and cannot be used for summer programs.

Summer Research Grants

Full-time Duke sophomores and juniors may receive up to $2,500 to conduct research in China, Japan, Korea, or Southeast Asia. Priority will be given to students who 1) will conduct research for a senior thesis; 2) whose projects have a high probability of developing into a senior thesis; 3) who have done some preliminary work and have arranged affiliations with local institutions for the research; and 4) are enrolled in the Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies program. Applicants must include a basic budget and list all other sources and amounts of funding (including applications for funding). If the 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.

Applications for Summer 2022 are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 5, 2023.

Internship funding

Duke Career Services offers financial support to students participating in unpaid or low-pay summer internships. Learn more about the Career Services Internship Funding Program.