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 March. 1, 2021, 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. Students in their first five years of enrollment or in their first year of DCE status are eligible.


During the COVID-19 crisis we are generally not funding research expenses. We hope to resume the funding of research (pre-dissertation and dissertation) after the crisis ends and the University again allows University-sponsored travel, perhaps as early as September 2021.


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



Students must complete login in and complete the application in SAFE by March 1, 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  ( tuition, and fees).

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 March 1, 2021.