Funding & Policies
All students admitted to the PhD in ALCM are guaranteed five years of financial support through fellowships, research and teaching assistantships, or graduate instructorships. Please see available opportunities below.
Continued financial support is contingent upon timely and satisfactory progress in the program. For more information on program progress, please see the ALCM Graduate Handbook or the MAAS Graduate Handbook.
University Fellowships & Grants
The Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media (ALCM) program and the MA in Asian studies (MAAS) nominates students to a variety of fellowships, including:
- College of Liberal Arts Graduate Fellowship Program (CLAGF)
- Thesis Research Travel Grants
- Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Scholar fellowships (ICGC)
- ICGC Scholar Fellowships support outstanding students who are clearly committed to the interdisciplinary study of the global south in the context of global change.
- The Mary Griggs Burke Graduate Support in Japan Studies supports the research of graduate students in Japan studies.
- This scholarship is awarded to support students in the Integrated BA/MA and MA in Asian Studies programs travel to Taiwan and/or study of the Chinese language. Two are awarded each year.
- Fulbright Research fellowships
- The purpose of the Fulbright program is to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. Approximately 1,900 Grants are available to over 140 countries. Click here for applications.
- Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships (US citizens only)
- Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) (Summer research funding)
- The College of Liberal Arts Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) is a graduate student fellowship program that supports research partnerships between faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and students enrolled in graduate programs housed within the college.
- Rose Travel Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities for Creative Research in Asia
- An experiential learning opportunity for self-development, "The Rose Travel Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities for Creative Research in Asia” allows a student to work on a project related to their individual research interests (not for study at another institution). May be supplemented with other grants or research funding received for the same topic, and may also support investigative travel to solidify new thinking. On their return, fellows will be asked to make a final report of their activities and to present their work and thoughts in a public forum. Rose Travel Fellowship Application
- University of Minnesota - Twin Cities University Student Service Fees Child Care Assistance Grant (USSFCCAG)
- Norman Johnston DeWitt Fellowship
- For advanced doctoral students in the humanities.
- William W. Stout/Thomas F. Wallace Fellowship
- This award is open to graduate students in the humanities or social sciences who are in the intermediate years of the Ph.D. (i.e., normally students currently in their second or third year of graduate study).
- Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship in Film Study
- For doctoral students pursuing well-defined research or study in which film history, criticism, theory, or aesthetics is the major focus of the research. Students may propose a program of research, such as that which would lead to a dissertation, or course of study in which the major focus will be film.
- Gender Equity Grants
- Women's Center Gender Equity Grants (formerly Institutional Change Grants) support initiatives by employees or campus groups which will lead to a University that reflects the values of inclusiveness, fairness, diversity, excellence, and opportunity for all—with a focus on impacting the campus climate for women faculty, staff, and students, including those of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, women with disabilities, women with diverse sexual orientations, and women from diverse economic backgrounds.
- Beinecke Scholarships
- The Beinecke Scholarship Program supports graduate education in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
- Interdisciplinary Doctoral fellowships
- The IDF awards will support outstanding Graduate School students whose current or proposed dissertation topic is interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at an interdisciplinary research center or institute.
- CSPW: Dissertation Development and Incoming Graduate Student fellowships (Application and information sent by email)
- Each spring, the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World (CSPW) provides funding for five graduate students beginning their dissertation research to participate in the CSPW Dissertation Development Fellowship Program, a series of weekly workshop sessions led by Professor Juliette Cherbuliez. The goal of the workshop is to help doctoral students as they begin a dissertation project to think about their dissertation work in comparative, premodern, global, and interdisciplinary ways.
- Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships
- The Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Felowships are designed to support the continued internationalization of the University of Minnesota by providing critical assistance to students enrolled in master's and professional degree programs, and to increase oppotunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad.
- Luce Scholars Program
- The Luce Scholars Program provides young Americans with demonstrated leadership the opportunity to spend a year in Asia as professional apprentices under the guidance of leading Asian professionals.
- The China Center
- The China Center provides a variety of funding opportunities that support University of Minnesota Graduate Students interested in China or its culture by providing financial support to help with their academic progress and to help meet the costs of obtaining a college education, including Academic and Study Abroad Scholarships.
External Fellowships & Grants
ALCM students are also encouraged to pursue fellowships and grants from outside of the University, including:
- Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Fellowship
- Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study
- Council of American Overseas Research Centers fellowships
- Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship Program
- Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award
- International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program
- Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion fellowships
- Newberry Long-Term Fellowship
- University of Chicago's Platzman Memorial fellowships
- Boren Awards for International Studies - South Asian Languages Flagship Initiative
- Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan
- Lanka Corps Heritage fellowships
- American Institute of Bangladesh Studies travel grants
- Sardar Patel awards
- Liverpool India fellowships
- American Institute of Indian Studies fellowships
- American Institute of Pakistan Studies fellowships and reseach/travel grants
- American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies fellowships and grants
- Wenner-Gren Foundation dissertation fieldwork grants
- ACOR Academic Fellowships - Jordan