Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded to individuals pursuing professional, academic, or business careers that involve the regular use of an East or Southeast Asian language. The grants fund a year of advanced language study at major language study programs in the various countries of East and Southeast Asia. Where there is no structured advanced-level language program at an educational institution in a country, the grant may underwrite private instruction according to terms set forth in the application instructions.
Grants cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs, and transportation, but do not include dependent expenses.
To be eligible, an applicant should be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; be pursuing an academic, professional, or business career that involves the regular use of a modern Asian language; have an undergraduate degree upon taking up the grant; be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the grant guidelines; and be able to devote himself or herself exclusively to language study during the term of the grant.
Grants are highly competitive. Selection criteria include a focused, well-defined career objective involving Asia, for which use of the language is an important aspect; the potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional activity in an Asian country; prior experience in the country or involvement in activities related to the country; and good academic, professional, or business background, appropriate to the career objective.