Summer Fellowships


General Principles

The Program in East Asian Studies supports Ph.D. students in humanities and social science departments concentrating on East Asian topics for their dissertation research. Priority is given to intensive, advanced language study at approved formal programs and to research abroad that is crucial for dissertations. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 15, 2020, through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE) accessible through the Graduate School website at:

Reasonable budgets and accurate applications are required. The principal advisor must also submit a letter of recommendation. Funding is intended to pay for extra expenses required for special courses, travel, or other unusual research expenses, not for regular living expenses, which should be covered through the regular university stipend. Students in their first five years of enrollment or in their first year of DCE status are eligible.

Information Session

An information session discussing eligibility, budgets, and the application process will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. in Jones Hall 203. All first-year applicants are required to attend; the session will also be helpful for students in all years of study and will cover sixth-year (DCE) support as well.


Language Study

The Program in East Asian Studies supports summer study of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and other Asian languages for students whose dissertation research requires it. Normally language programs should be advanced (second-year and beyond, not first-year), intensive (full-time, at least four hours per day, five days per week, a minimum of eight weeks) and provide the equivalent of one year of language study. Studying European languages, studying the first year of an Asian language, and studying at more expensive U.S.-based programs (e.g., Middlebury Summer School) are normally not supported. Application deadlines for language programs vary and most occur before Princeton’s deadline for funding applications. Programs regularly supported include:

  • Chinese: Princeton-in-Beijing, Inter-University Program (Beijing), ICLP (Taiwan)
  • Japanese: Princeton-in-Ishikawa, Hokkaido International Foundation (Hakodate), Inter-University Center (Yokohama), KCJS
  • Korean: Sogang University, Ewha Women's University, Yonsei University, Seoul Nat'l University
  • Classical Chinese, Classical Japanese, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy
  • Tibetan: University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California


Pre-dissertation Research (1st and 2nd Year Students) and Dissertation Research (3rd Year and After)

The Program in EAS supports summer research that contributes directly to completion of the dissertation. Students typically attend courses or workshops; survey archives, collections, or field sites; develop contacts essential to their dissertation topics; or pursue intensive dissertation research. Normally primary materials are in East Asian languages, and research is conducted in the local language.



Students must complete login in and complete the application in SAFE by Feb. 15, 2020.  

The statement of your proposed summer activity plans should include a proposal of one paragraph describing the work to be undertaken during the summer and one paragraph describing how the  summer program advances work toward a clearly described dissertation project.

Budget figures  should list basic expenses  (airfare, other essential travel, room and board, tuition, and fees) based on economy class fares and student housing. We do not cover incidental expenses like visas, copying costs, cell phones, etc., or funding for translation or research assistants.

A recommendation letter from your principal advisor should be uploaded into SAFE as prompted. If your advisor has any problems with this process they may send their letter by e-mail attachment to Richard Chafey, Program Manager, East Asian Studies (, by Feb. 15, 2020.