Application period: February 2022 to March 2022 (2:00 p.m. PT) [TBA]
Adviser deadline: April 2022 (2:00 p.m. PT) [TBA]

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.
  • Currently receive need-based financial aid or demonstrate a verifiable need for financial assistance to participate in the proposed study abroad program. 
  • Undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 2.8, pursuing his or her first bachelor's degree (or associate's degree), at a two-year or a four-year institution of higher education in the United States.
  • Apply through the U.S. home campus and have at least one term of enrollment remaining at the home institution in the U.S. upon returning from studying abroad in Asia.
  • Applied or have been accepted to a study abroad based program in eligible countries.
  • Applied to or have been accepted by a study abroad based program that awards academic credits through the home campus or other U.S. accredited college or university. 
  • Little or no previous experience in the country in which fellow plans to study. 
  • Submit the online Freeman-ASIA Student Impact Survey within one month of returning to the United States and must initiate his/her service project to promote study abroad opportunities in Asia on the college campus and/or in the local community.
  • Submit the Freeman-ASIA Final Service Report on the implementation of his/her service project at the end of the term following his/her return to the United States.
  • Must not be a previous Freeman-ASIA award recipient.

Award Summary and Conditions: 

The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program's goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.

A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-based funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

Grant amounts are:

Summer Award up to $3,000
Semester/Quarter Award up to $5,000
Academic Year Award up to $7,000

Freeman-ASIA Award funds may be adjusted should the recipient receive additional financial assistance not reported at the time of application.

Students may apply for institutional/program-based Freeman Foundation grants and the Freeman-ASIA Awards simultaneously, but may only accept one Freeman-sponsored grant per proposed study abroad term should the student receive multiple offers.

Application Process: Online

Application Requirements: 

  • Complete pre-screening page
  • Application form 
  • Unofficial transcript 
  • Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Financial aid award letter
  • Cost of attendance at home institution
  • Register Financial and Study Abroad advisors