National deadline: December 30, 2017 (8:30 p.m. PST)

Eligibility requirements:

• U.S. citizen at time of application
• Pursuit of a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language
• Commitment to full-time intensive language study during the term of grant
• Proficiency in written and spoken language of host country
• B.A. degree by the start of the grant
• Equivalent of three years of language classes at college level by start of grant
• Strong academic achievement

Award summary: Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of advanced-level language study in East or Southeast Asia. Eligible languages are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Selection Criteria:
• Focused career objective involving Asia
• Potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country
• Prior experience in the Asian country
• Strong academic, professional or business background, appropriate to the career program
Application process: online

Application requirements:

• List of classes/training in chosen language of study
• List of academic and professional honors
• Resume or CV (PDF format)
• Personal essay (3-4 pages, double spaced, PDF format)
• Letters of recommendation (2)
• Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Faculty representative: Keith Raether

National interview: Yes