Council on East Asian Studies Emergency Fund

To help Ph.D. and M.A. students studying East Asian Studies topics with unexpected one-time expenses due to COVID-19. These include: disruptions to research plans because of unanticipated difficulties in travel or needing extra time at a research site, cancelled summer or academic year 20-21 study in East Asia, unanticipated housing costs because of COVID-19 disruptions, or any other emergency affecting your studies. The Council of East Asian Studies has set aside special funds that will be available only in the summer of 2020. The first deadline for applications is Monday, April 27, 2020. Subsequent applications will be handled on a rolling basis.

CEAS is working right now to determine how we can help students conduct meaningful research this summer and will be reaching out to CEAS administered grant applicants in the coming days. If you have applied for other summer funds from the Council, please let us know.

This fund is designed to supplement the Graduate School Dean’s Emergency Fund; the primary purpose is to help East Asian Studies students whose studies and research have been interrupted by COVID-19.

The Council’s Emergency Fund enables East Asian Studies students to continue making academic progress despite unanticipated, extreme financial hardships. The fund does not cover recurring expenses; instead, it is intended for Ph.D. students who cannot reasonably resolve their immediate financial difficulty through fellowships, loans, or personal resources. The funding is up to $2,000.


The fund is open to all M.A. and Ph.D. students working on East Asian Studies topics who are registered full-time in degree programs of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Situations eligible for funding include such events as:

  • Interruption of studies due to COVID-19 virus;
  • Temporary housing due to cancelled travel plans (including temporarily extending existing housing arrangements in the US, Asia, or field sites in other continents)

Costs must be incurred while registered as a full-time M.A. or Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This funding is available only in summer 2020. 

If you are unsure about your eligibility, we encourage you to apply or to speak with Valerie Hansen, Chair of the CEAS Emergency Funds Committee, or Richard Sosa, Program Director of the Council on East Asian Studies.

Application Process

Please fill in the application form, which requires a brief description of the emergency situation and the amount of funding requested, including a list of your anticipated or incurred emergency expenses.

Application materials should be submitted to

Review Process

Applications will be regularly reviewed. The first due date is April 27, and we will consider applications on a rolling basis going forward.

Any information provided will remain confidential.