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UCLA students who attended the study abroad program in Summer 2019

The Julia and Ken Gouw Undergraduate Centennial Scholarship offers funding to UCLA undergraduate students to attend an immersion and volunteer program in Bali during the summer.

UPDATE: The Gouw Scholarship was suspended in summer 2020 and 2021 due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Through a generous endowment by Julia and Ken Gouw and a match by the Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Fund, the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers this summer scholarship to UCLA undergraduate students only. Priority is given to undergraduate students who have taken Indonesian language. Scholarships will cover the student's program fees and homestay accommodations and provide $1350 to the student for international flights and living stipend. Scholarship recipients are expected to submit a 1-2 page report within two weeks after the program ends.

The summer language and cultural immersion program:

  • 2 weeks in Bali, Indonesia in August
  • First week - 20 hours of classroom instruction and site visits for language and cultural learning
  • 1 week (or 2 weeks) of volunteer after the language & cultural training ends. It can be done outside Bali as well but the organization needs to provide the accommodation and the transportation for the student
  • Volunteer work at local schools, universities, NGOs, or community groups (e.g. arts, traditional music, education, environment, etc.)
  • Living with homestay family (during the language and cultural learning and the volunteer week)

Interested students should submit:

  • 1-2 page proposal which details their interests in Indonesia including personal background, previous study including any language or Southeast Asian Studies coursework, campus involvement, and/or other extracurricular activities and what they plan to do during your volunteer work and its value to your academic experience
  • An unofficial transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from an academic adviser/faculty mentor

The application for this scholarship opens in April every year. Check back on our website or send us an email if you wish to apply. 

For more info please contact:
Nguyet Tong

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Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2020