The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

The MacMillan Center provides a variety of fellowship, grant, and award opportunities. The following list is only a highlight of opportunities available for students whose research is related to the study of East Asia.

CEAS Field Research Grants

The Council on East Asian Studies offers CEAS Field Research Grants to aid Yale University graduate students in the Arts & Sciences who expect to be engaged in research on their doctoral dissertations during the summer and/or next academic year. Applicants who apply for the CEAS Field Research Grant may not apply for the CEAS Summer Travel & Research Grant, which is for pre-dissertation research only.

Eligibility: Grants are for research generally outside the United States and are available to registered Yale graduate students who have completed, or will complete, all pre-dissertation work before the next academic year. The approved dissertation research must focus primarily on China, Japan, and/or Korea. 

Award: Because grants will, in most instances, be supplementary to support provided from the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale (MacMillan Center) or outside resources, the usual awards will not exceed $7,000. Students who have applied to other sources of funds (both within Yale and at the national level such as ACLS, SSRC, Japan Foundation, and Monbusho) and have been turned down may be eligible for a maximum grant of $15,000.

Reporting Requirements: Recipients of a CEAS Field Research Grant must submit a four-page (no less than 1,000 words) project report in English detailing the student’s progress and a summary of the report in the relevant foreign language (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, or Korean). If the project is more than one term, then students are required to submit an interim and final report.  Reports must be accompanied by itemized original receipts for expenses covered by the grant. Detailed requirements on reporting are provided in award letters. Accepting a CEAS Field Research Grant obligates one to fulfill these requirements.

Please visit the Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships Website for complete details.

CEAS Summer Travel & Research Grants

The Council on East Asian Studies offers CEAS Summer Travel & Research Grants to support Yale University graduate student summer field research or other forms of pre-dissertation preparation in East Asia (primarily China, Japan, and Korea). Applicants who apply for the CEAS Summer Travel & Research Grant may not apply for the CEAS Field Research Grant, which is for dissertation research only.

Eligibility: All students enrolled in M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Yale University are eligible to apply. Applications from graduate students from the Yale professional schools will also be considered. Priority will be given to students with demonstrated long-term academic commitment to East Asia, or those who need first-hand exposure to Asia to complete a course of academic study.

This grant is for pre-dissertation research only.  Graduate students who expect to be working on their doctoral dissertations during the summer and/or next academic year are ineligible to apply.

Award: Grants generally range from $1,500 to $8,000 and can be applied to travel, room and board, and other legitimate research expenses.

Reporting Requirements:  Recipients of a CEAS Summer Travel Research Grant must submit a three page (no less than 750 words) project report in English upon completion of their project and a summary of the report in the relevant foreign language (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, or Korean).  Reports must be accompanied by itemized original receipts for expenses covered by the grant. Detailed requirements on reporting are provided in award letters. Accepting a CEAS Summer Travel Research Grant obligates one to fulfill these requirements.

Please visit the Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships Website for complete details.

CEAS Summer Language Mini-Grants

The Council on East Asian Studies offers the CEAS Summer Language Mini-Grants to Yale University graduate students for summer language study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or other East Asian languages (such as Mongolian or Tibetan).

Eligibility: All students enrolled in M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences are eligible to apply. Applications from graduate students from the Yale professional schools will also be considered. Priority will be given to those who must undertake summer language study to meet specific degree requirements.

Award: Grants generally range from $1,500 to $6,000 and can be applied to tuition, room and board at summer language programs, as well as expenses in hiring tutors for specialized, advanced language training.

Reporting Requirements: Recipients of a CEAS Summer Language Mini-Grant must submit a two page (no less than 500 words) project report in English upon completion of their language study and a summary of the report in the relevant foreign language (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, or Korean).  Reports must be accompanied by itemized original receipts for expenses covered by the grant. Detailed requirements on reporting are provided in award letters. Accepting a CEAS Summer Language Mini-Grant obligates one to fulfill these requirements.

Please visit the Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships Website for complete details.

Charles Kao Fund Research Grants

The Councils on East Asian and Southeast Asian Studies offers the Charles Kao Fund Research Grants to Yale College undergraduate and Yale University graduate students for summer research in East and Southeast Asia. Research should focus on the impact of technology transfer processes between Asia and the West and/or among East Asia and Southeast Asia, and the social, cultural, and political transformations in these regions.

The theme of technology transfer may be interpreted in a variety of ways and should provide the focus for the project, but successful projects will be the ones which best place this within a sociological, cultural, or political context. Previous winning projects have focused on the following topics:

  • Artisanal Production and Alternative Economies in Inter-Asian Fair Trade Networks
  • Bridges to Power: Electrical Engineering and the Struggle for Sovereignty in Modern China, 1908-1949
  • Climate Resilience and Shifting Monsoons: Agricultural Adaptation at the Village Level in Communities of East Flores, Indonesia
  • Community-Level Responses to Mekong River Hydropower
  • (In)Fertility and In-Vitro Fertilization in Urban China: A Case Study of Yali, Motherhood and Womanhood
  • Revitalizing the Yutori Sedai: The Changing Nature of Japanese Entrepreneurship
  • Vaccinating the Nation: Immunology and Public Health in Modern China

Eligibility: All students of Yale College (including graduating seniors), graduate students in M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and graduate students in the Yale professional schools. 

In general, applications from international students proposing research projects in their country of origin are ineligible.

Priority will be given to students with demonstrated long-term academic commitment to and professional preparation for work in East or Southeast Asia, who have already acquired the necessary level of language proficiency to complete their proposed research work, or who need substantial first-hand exposure to Asia to complete a course of academic study. In their application, students should specify how their proposals address the issue of “technology transfer.”

Award: Grant requests of up to $5,000 to support field research or other creative projects in Asia will be entertained.  Applications for internships will not be considered.

Reporting Requirements: Recipients of a Charles Kao Fund Research Grant must submit a three page (no less than 750 words) project report upon their return from abroad. This report should include a detailed summary of the student’s research, as well as all itemized original receipts for expenses covered by the grant. Detailed requirements on reporting are provided in award letters. Accepting a Charles Kao Grant obligates one to fulfill these requirements.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL undergraduate students must adhere to the Yale University International Travel Policy.

Please visit the Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships Website for complete details.

Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Summer Travel Grants

The Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale provides summer travel grants for graduate and professional student projects involving applied research or internships overseas. Projects must focus clearly on the intersection of at least two of the following fields: international law, international business or management, or international affairs and public policy. Grants are administered by the MacMillan Center. The Coca-Cola World Fund selection committee is comprised of representatives of the MacMillan Center, the Law School, and the School of Management. Awards generally range from $500 to $6,000. Please visit the Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships Website for complete details.

Fox International Fellowship Program

The Fox International Fellowship Program supports research exchanges between Yale and the Free University of Berlin, Moscow State University, Sidney Sussex College of Cambridge University, The University of Tokyo Graduate School, Fudan University in Shanghai, PRC, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, El Colegio de Mexico, Jawarhalal Nehru University in Delhi, Bogazici University in Istanbul, Tel Aviv University, and Cape Town Univeristy for graduating seniors, graduate and  professional school students conducting independent research on topics related to economics, political science, international relations, law, business and finance, environmental policy, or contemporary history. All fellowships provide expenses for airfare, a stipend or living expenses, as well as some in-country travel related to research. Priority is for a full academic year, although single term awards are possible. Please visit the Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships Website for complete details.

Henry Hart Rice Foreign Residence Fellowships

Henry Hart Rice Foreign Residence Fellowships provide support for Yale students in the humanities and social sciences to conduct individual study and research for 9 to 12 months while in residence in a foreign country that is experiencing strained relations with the United States. At present, eligible are countries of Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe that are not members of the EU, Russia, Latin America, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia as well as the People’s Republic of China. Excluded are most of the traditional friends and allies of the U.S., including Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and countries that are members of the EU. Eligible are undergraduates who have completed at least two years of course work, including graduating seniors; graduate and professional students who have permission from their Director of Graduate Studies to take a year’s leave of absence for this purpose; and graduate students at the conclusion of a terminal master’s program. The fellowship stipend may cover most or all travel and living expenses in the host country; generally one award is made. Please visit the Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships Website for complete details.   

Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership Grants

Grants of up to $3,500 will be awarded to current students in Yale College, for travel to Japan intended to enhance the student’s understanding of Japanese politics or diplomacy. The research can be done during the summer or the academic year (including spring break). Everyone is eligible to apply, but juniors and rising seniors applying for research related to the undergraduate senior essay will receive priority. Please visit the Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships Website for complete details.

MacMillan International Dissertation Research Fellowships

MacMillan International Dissertation Research Fellowships support Ph.D. students engaged in international research on their doctoral dissertations. The fellowships provide up to $18,000 for the academic year and may be combined with other external or internal awards, subject to the Graduate School’s policies on holding multiple awards. Each Yale Ph.D. student who meets the eligibility criteria will be guaranteed one international dissertation research fellowship for research to be conducted outside of the United States. Proposals will be accepted from registered Ph.D. students who have completed all pre-dissertation requirements before the deadline. To accommodate for various prospectus defense schedules, the fellowships have two deadlines: May 1, 2016 – for dissertation research during Summer 2016 and AY 2016-2017; and November 1, 2016 – for dissertation research during AY 2016-2017. Yale Ph.D. students in the Graduate School’s Ph.D. granting departments and programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences (including programs based in the professional schools) are eligible to apply.

NOTE: Students in the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Engineering & Applied Sciences divisions are ineligible for this award.

Please visit the Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships Website for complete details.

MacMillan Center Pre-Dissertation Grants

The MacMillan Center Pre-Dissertation Grants provide funds to Ph.D. candidates for pre-doctoral dissertation research generally outside the U.S. addressing international relations, history or the social sciences. Grants are for exploration of sources and general feasibility of a proposed topic. Master’s students in the African or European and Russian Studies Master’s Programs are also eligible to apply. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000. Please visit the Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships Website for complete details.

Richard U. Light Fellowship Program

The Richard U. Light Fellowship provides full funding (transportation, tuition, room and board, and incidentals) for Yale students of exceptional promise to study Chinese, Japanese, or Korean at specifically approved sites in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. Light Fellowships are awarded twice each year and are tenable for one Yale semester, an academic year, a summer, or combinations thereof. The Richard U. Light Fellowship Program welcomes applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and academic disciplines. You must be a registered and enrolled Yale student to apply. All undergraduates (including graduating seniors), master’s degree students, and professional school students are eligible. Ph.D. students are eligible only if their language study in East Asia would be completed prior to submitting their prospectus. Please visit the Yale University Student Grants & Fellowships Website for complete details.

Tristan Perlroth Prize for Summer Foreign Travel

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies invites applications to the Tristan Perlroth Prize competition. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to current juniors in Yale College, or sophomores in exceptional cases, for summer travel outside the United States designed to enhance the student’s understanding of foreign culture and/or international relations.  The Prize is made possible through an endowment from the family and friends of Tristan Perlroth (Calhoun, Class of 1993). Priority will be given to applications which include: 1) internships with international NGOs, government organizations and businesses; 2) independent research; 3) formal study or coursework. In judging applications of equal merit, the selection committee will give priority to students with proficiency in a foreign language, to students of Calhoun College, and to students enrolled in the Global Affairs major, however, the Prize is not limited to curriculum-related projects.