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Asian Studies Study, Research, and Service Travel Grants

Sam Huey and Research Assistants, India

The Department of Asian Studies provides opportunities to spend part of winter break or a summer in an Asian country on an Asian Studies Study, Research, and Service Travel Grant that would provide funding for travel and living expenses.

Students receiving grants are responsible for managing all aspects of their trip including:

  • Making their own travel itinerary.
  • Arranging travel and accommodations.
  • Managing their own budgets.

At the end of the travel, recipients must provide documentation of travel and submit a ten-page report summarizing their language and cultural experiences. 


Applicants may be from any college or major, but must have a proposed project that relates to their area of study.

Priority will be given to students who have completed two years of language work in the relevant language prior to the intended travel, have no prior travel experience in the area of travel, and are Asian Studies majors or minors. Awardees must be enrolled at Cornell in the semester following travel. Applicants should have a strong cumulative GPA, a well-articulated project, and submit an appropriate budget. 

How to Apply

Applicants must also complete an application form, and provide the following:

  • A 1,500-word proposal about the plan of study, service, or research (consisting of the title of the project, project summary, project detail, a detailed project timeline, and a detailed budget).
  • A transcript.
  • A list of the current academic year's fall and spring courses.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a language teacher.* 
  • Letter of recommendation from host institution if you are doing a service project.*

*All recommendation letters should be emailed directly to Erin Kotmel.

To apply for a travel grant, or to ask for more information, contact Erin Kotmel, undergraduate coordinator for the Department of Asian Studies. You can also find more information in the travel grant frequently asked questions.

Additional Information

Funding Type

  • Travel Grant


  • Student