Advanced Study of Asian Languages

Blakemore Foundation

The information below is for grants for 2006-07.


Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for study of the principal modern language of East and Southeast Asia (including Chinese, Japanese, and Korea).


To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:
- Be pursuing an academic, professional or business career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language
- Have a college undergraduate degree
- Be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined below
- Be able to devote oneself exclusively to language study during the term of the grant; grants are not made for part-time study or research
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States

Definition of Advanced Level

- A minimum of three academic years of regular language study at the college level (example: completed 3rd year Chinese); or
- A minimum of one academic year of full-time intensive language study at the college-level; or
- Provide proof of equivalent competency (click here for language evaluation form that can be used to satisfy this requirement)


Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are intended to cover basic expenses at a graduate student level necessary to pursue a year of full-time language study in Asia.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships cover tuition or tutoring fees, plus stipend for travel, living and study expenses

Selection Criteria

- A focused, well-defined career objective involving Asia in which use of the language is an important aspect.
- Potential to make significant contributions to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country.
- Prior experience in the country or involvement or participation in activities related to the country.
- Good academic, professional or business background, as appropriate to the career program.


- Applications must be postmarked by December 30, 2006.
- An application received after December 30 must show proof of mailing by the deadline consisting of one of the following: A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark; a legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service; a dated shipping label, invoice or receipt from a commercial carrier (Federal Express, United Parcel Service, etc.)

We recommend that applications sent from overseas be mailed well before January 15 or be sent by express delivery in order to ensure that the application is received in a timely manner.

Grants Awarded

Late March


A completed application form, 3-4 page proposal, letters of recommendation, information on the language program, transcripts, and budget. Contact the foundation for the complete guidelines, for an application form, and for a list of current grant recipients.

For more information and application forms

The Blakemore Foundation
1201 Third Avenue, 48th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101-3266
Phone: 206/583-8778
Fax: 206/583-8500

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2006